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2016 Scholarship Recipients

2016 Recipients: $7,500 Scholarship over 5-years at $1,500 each year

Nicholas Eldridge  Attended White County High School in Cleveland, GA/Leader in ROTC, and he has been accepted at University of North Georgia in mechanical engineering. Nicholas like to hunt and fish in his free time His parents are Billy & Shannon Eldridge.

Nicholas Flint  Attended Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, GA, and has been accepted at Georgia Tech to study electrical engineering. Nicholas plays keyboard in the band, RIPTIDE, and is a backup vocalist. He is working this summer as a lifeguard. Nicholas plans to join the Air Force. His parents are Molly & John Flint.

Preston Johnson  Attended Porter-Gaud High School in Charleston, SC, and has been accepted at Georgia Southern University in mechanical engineering. Preston likes to hunt and fish, and ride anything with wheels. His parents are Preston and Rhonda Johnson.

Savannah Kay Francis  Attended Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, AL, and has been accepted at Auburn University to study Biomedical Science.   She is working as a lifeguard and is a part-time teacher at Covenant Classical School and Daycare. She plans to attend medical school and apply to the Air force Professional Scholarship Program to join as a Medical Officer, following in her father’s footsteps. Savannah Kaye’s father is Steven Francis.


4-Year Scholarship for $5,000 – continued from 2015 award

Emma Benfield  Attends Clemson University as a Biological Sciences major with the intent of going into neurological biology. Emma is on the Clemson University club volleyball team, a member of 88.1 WSBF FM Clemson, and also an avid fan of Clemson Football! She enjoys painting and is fond of punk rock. Emma’s parents are Gary and Vicki Benfield.

Joe Bersson  Attends Auburn University majoring in Civil Engineering.   His extracurricular activities and affiliations involve Auburn University Honor’s College, Engineers Without Borders, IMPACT Student Volunteer Organization, and Greek life. Joe’s parents are Bill and Ann Bersson.

Casey Flint  Attends Yale University.  This summer Casey is at Navy Summer CORTRAMID East for Naval ROTC. His parents are John and Molly Flint.


$5,000, 4-year scholarships – continued from 2013 award

Becky Bersson  Currently in the University Scholars program at The University of Alabama pursuing a BS in mathematics and a MS in applied statistics. Becky is very involved in her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and works for a nonprofit teaching a class at the local high school. This summer she is interning at FedEx Headquarters in data analytics. Her parents are Bill and Ann Bersson.

Erin Simmons  Currently studies aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech. She enjoys everything to do with space, and hopes to work at NASA upon graduation. In the Spring 2016 semester, she worked with a team designing a rover to tunnel into the summit of Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in the solar system, as a part of a competition by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Erin is interning at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.   She is the daughter of Tracy and Gordy Simmons.

Philip Panhorst  Currently interning at the water quality department of the Georgia Aquarium.   In August he will begin his seventh and final semester at Georgia Southern University and graduate in December with a bachelor's of science in biology and a minor in chemistry.  Philip is president of the natural history collections club and has held multiple student assistant positions in the biological collections of the university including the United States National Tick Collection.  The past three summers he has worked as a paddleboard instructor Philip has a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. .  His parents are John and Theresa Panhors.