Scott Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Walk is May 10

Scott Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Board of Directors members Shane Armstrong, Scott's younger brother, and close friends Corley Ellis and Rux Bentley stand in front of Columbiana United Methodost Church where Scott was a member. (Contributed)

Scott Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Board of Directors members Shane Armstrong, Scott’s younger brother, and close friends Corley Ellis and Rux Bentley stand in front of Columbiana United MethodIst Church where Scott was a member. (Contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist

The second annual Scott Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Walk will be Saturday, May 10, 2014, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Columbiana Recreation Building on Washington Street. The 2.5 mile walk in historic downtown Columbiana is the signature fundraising event for the scholarship fund set up in Scott’s memory who died on May 19, 2011, of acute myelogenous leukemia at age 40.

The scholarship is given to a Shelby County High School senior from where Scott graduated. Walking in the event is free but any donation, no matter the amount, is welcome.

Sponsorships are available: Platinum Sponsor $1,000; Gold Sponsor $500; and Silver Sponsor $250 with all proceeds going to the 501(C)3 scholarship fund led by Board of Directors Shane Armstrong (Scott’s younger brother); Mark Armstrong (Scott’s cousin); Corley Ellis; Rux Bentley; John Denney; Taryn Davis; and Jennifer Bulger (Scott’s close friends).

“Event sponsors will be located throughout Columbiana,” states the event flyer. “At the start of the walk, walkers will be given a map to follow that will lead to the sponsor’s tables. Walkers will get one entry in the final drawing for ‘door prizes’ for every sponsor they locate and ‘check in’ with.”

Scott was the son of Don and the late Virginia Armstrong. He loved fishing, hunting and Alabama football. He graduated from the University of Alabama where he was a member of the Million Dollar Band. He obtained his master’s in business at Delta State University where he coached girls softball, a sport he loved.

“Scott Armstrong was my very best friend in the world,” said Ellis. “My life is so much richer from knowing him and having him in it. The Scott Armstrong Memorial Scholarship is way for Scott’s love for, and generosity towards, other people to extend well beyond his short time here on earth. Every time we award the scholarship to a deserving student, I can feel Scott smiling down on us.”

Last year’s scholarship winner was Sarah Horton who attends Alabama and is a member of the MDB.

For info, call Ellis at 669-1863, Scottarmstrongfund.org, or Facebook, Scott Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund.

About Phoebe Donald Robinson

I am President of Donald Real Estate and Ins. Co., Inc., a company that my grandfather , Charles J. Donald, founded in 1925. I am the third generation owner of the business. I am also the Columbiana Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.

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