Chemical Lime presents scholarships to two local students

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Two Shelby County students will receive financial help with their college careers as the result of Chemical Lime Company&8217;s Tom Chambers Scholarship program.

Steven West of Thompson High School and Ashley Houser of Montevallo High School will receive $1,000 per semester for up to eight semesters as long as they maintain at least a C-plus average.

Greg Pendleton said the two were among three students selected for scholarships by Chemical Lime&8217;s scholarship committee, one from Bibb County and two from Shelby County.

Eligible high schools in Shelby County, he said, include Calera, Montevallo, Shelby County and Thompson.

The West Blocton selectee was Candice Hudson, daughter of Gloria and Robert Hudson.

Pendleton said the scholarships have been awarded for the past 10 years.

According to the company, the scholarships are named for Tom Chambers, founder and former chief executive officer of Chemical Lime.

The scholarship committee selects students who attend schools near a location where the company has a significant manufacturing presence.

Steven West, son of Mike and Wanda West, will graduate from THS with a 3.69 grade point average. He received the Leadership Award for his commitment to the school&8217;s marching band and was nominated to Who&8217;s Who Among High School Students in his junior and senior years.

He is a volunteer at Westwood Baptist Vacation Bible School, teaches a Life Group Sunday school class for sixth grade boys and is a two-year member of the Secret Service, a church youth club providing community service to members of the community in need.

West plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in communications.

Angela Houser, daughter of Cornell and Carla Houser, will graduate from MHS with a 4.0 grade point average.

She was voted senior class Who&8217;s Who Best All Around, is a graduate of Youth Leadership Shelby County, the Rural Health Scholars Program, Upward Bound and was recognized by the Shelby County Bar Association for outstanding leadership.

She is also a member of the National Honor Society and listed in Who&8217;s Who Among American High School students.

Houser works with the Twice As Nice Thrift Store which benefits Shelby Emergency Assistance and First Lighthouse Homeless Shelter. She will attend Mercer University to study pharmacy.

Chemical Lime Company operates a limestone quarry and three manufacturing facilities in Shelby County and a limestone quarry in Bibb County