A Moulton woman who used her federal incentive in 2021 to raise money for a scholarship fund – designed to award a senior at Lawrence County High School – recently awarded eight $ 1,000 scholarships to local students at the university.
After receiving a COVID relief stimulus check last summer, Glenda Thompson decided to put earlier plans into action by starting a scholarship fund for Lawrence County high school students. Using his federal check, Thompson compiled a collection of recipes, printed a cookbook, and used the sale of the book to fund the scholarship.
In June, Thompson printed 200 copies of his cookbook, Love at First Bite. The copies were sold for $ 15 each and were so successful that additional copies were printed and sold – bringing in about $ 7,000 to the scholarship fund.
Thompson said she and her husband contributed about $ 1,000 more to the scholarship fund after getting eight students to apply.
“All eight students deserve it,” she said. “We did not have the heart to reject only one.”
The scholarship was awarded to four Lawrence County High School students Brylee Haynes, Makenzie Owens, Trace Terry and Stephen Ruelas; three East Lawrence High students Katelyn Teague, Autumn Garrie and Oakley Hurst; and Hatton High School student Maddie Heflin.
Thompson said Garrie has expressed interest in Auburn University, Teague plans to attend Wallace State Community College, Hurst and Owens plan to attend the University of North Alabama, and Haynes and Heflin have decided to attend Calhoun Community College.
She said two students, Terry and Ruelas, are unsure or have not specified which college they plan to attend.
“The cookbook exceeded my expectations,” she added. “I am grateful for the opportunity to help these local students further their education. It was my hope that this fund will help a child who really needs it, and I think we have achieved just that. ”