Shelby County Education Association awards $6,000 in scholarships
By KATIE MCDOWELL/Lifestyles Editor
The Shelby County Education Association awarded $6,000 worth of scholarships to local teachers and students at the Shelby County Board of Education’s April 25 meeting.
“Each year the Shelby County Education Association presents scholarships in two categories: student and member,” SCEA President Bobby J. Pierson said. “The student scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of SCEA members. The member scholarship is awarded to an SCEA member who is furthering his or her education.”
- Trish Bogdanchik, a Riverchase Middle School science teacher, received a $1,000 member scholarship. Bogdanchik is studying for a master’s degree in educational leadership at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Five students also received $1,000 scholarships to the school of their choice.
- Pelham High senior Andrew Burnside plans to attend Auburn University and is the son of Katy and Jeff Burnside, who are teachers at Pelham High.
- Thompson High senior Carly Fenn plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is the daughter of Cheryl Fenn, a Montevallo Middle School counselor.
- Hoover High senior Jordan Jones will attend the University of South Alabama and is the son of Calera Middle math teacher Dutchess Jones.
- Chelsea High senior Jonathan Rush will attend Shorter University and is the son of Rhonda Rush, a Chelsea Middle School counselor.
- Pelham High senior Elizabeth Schmidt will attend the University of Montevallo and is the daughter of Laura Schmidt, who teaches first grade at Valley Elementary.
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