Three scholarships from the foundation are specific to Wilson County students.
The Lebanon High School Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund, established in 2011, provides scholarships in support of Lebanon High School graduates who demonstrate academic achievement and the need for financial assistance in the pursuit of undergraduate degrees. Lebanon High School is a community-based high school that graduated its first class in 1919. Many alumni through the years have made their permanent residences in the broader Lebanon area and have supported the programs and goals of the school.
The Cameron Blake Parnell Scholarship Fund, established in 2015, was set up by Partnell’s family and friends to share his spirit and legacy. Anyone who knew Partnell would describe him as a rock and a gentle giant. With a smile that could light up any room, Partnell had the gift of joy; he loved life and all it had to offer. During his 31 years, he was a beloved member of his family, a loyal friend, a world traveler and an adventurer. In the fifth grade, Partnell declared he’d be a pilot when he grew up and actually followed that dream, graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration with a professional pilot emphasis and holding a successful career as a pilot. Notably, Partnell served as president of the Moosemen Rugby Club at MTSU, where his rugby teammates became his lifelong brothers.
The Watertown High School Scholarship Fund, established in 2013, was first awarded in May 2015, the first year students graduated from the new Watertown High School building. The Watertown High School Scholarship Fund is eligible to students with a minimum 3.25 grade-point average on a weighted 4.0 scale and a minimum 21 ACT score. Awards will be given to current seniors graduating from Watertown who attend an accredited institution that offers two- or four-year degrees. Involvement in extracurricular and community volunteer activities will be considered in the selection process.
The foundation administers more than 100 scholarship funds, established by individuals, companies and civic groups. Students need only complete one application to be eligible for all scholarship funds, where criteria are met.
Whether a student is studying law or horticulture; planning a career in criminal justice or teaching; or studying at a technical school or four-year university, the Community Foundation’s scholarship program supports individuals from various backgrounds and communities seeking funding for educational opportunities.
“Getting an education is one of the most important milestones in life, but for many, it comes with a great burden,” said Ellen Lehman, president of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “We feel honored to help students receive a quality education, made possible by donors who wish to make a difference. It is a privilege to connect generosity with need in this way.”
For a complete list of scholarships and the online application, visit the Community Foundation’s website at cfmt.org. For more information, call the Community Foundation at 615-321-4939. Applications must be submitted by March 15. Applicants will be notified of results in mid-May.