Courtney Smith of Community High School receives a 2014 MTAR Scholarship award from JR Eastman of First Community Mortgage. Photo submitted
Caitlin West has a plan: complete her associate’s degree in nursing at Motlow State Community College in two years, then get certified as an ultrasound technologist specializing in echo cardiology.
She’s off to a great start and is about to complete her second semester on the MSCC Dean’s List, a distinction that requires a grade point average of 3.75 or better on a 4.0 scale.
She is one of the 2013 recipients of the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors Scholarships. But while West is almost finished with her first year of college, MTAR has just awarded another round of scholarships, giving five seniors from the class of 2014 a boost toward achieving their educational goals.
Only seniors in the MTAR eight-county service area who plan to enroll in an area college are eligible to receive one of the scholarships, which are funded by money raised at the Bill Carey Realtor Golf Scramble and the MTAR Charity Golf Scramble in September. The 37th Annual Bill Carey Realtor Golf Scramble will be held Wednesday, June 4, at Indian Hills Golf Club in Murfreesboro. It is being presented by First Community Mortgage and Wilson Bank and Trust.
Ninety-two seniors from 21 area schools applied for the Relator scholarships this year. Thirteen were chosen for the final interview process.
Awarded the 2014 MTAR Scholarships are: Elizabeth Etheridge, Smyrna High School; Abygail Howard, Smyrna High School; Courtney Smith, Community High School; Hannah Houle, Cascade High School; and Josh Baker, Cascade High School.
A spokesperson for the scholarship selection committee says that choosing recipients this year was particularly tough because of the number of requests and because of the achievements and the personal stories of the applicants. There were so many deserving seniors applying for the scholarships that choosing winners posed a real challenge for committee members.
More than a good student
When the MTAR Scholarship Committee selects its scholarship recipients, several factors are taken into consideration. Need, achievement and a solid focus on the future are all high on the list of criteria considered by the scholarship selection committee. While West’s story is unique to her, it does exemplify the status of many of the candidates applying for the scholarships.
A resident of Normandy, West graduated from Cascade High School with an eye on the medical field. Her goal to become certified in echo cardiology was first planted in her by a family member. And, family is important to West. In fact, family and family needs are at the center of her drive to land a good job in another year.
“One of my main goals,” she explains, “is to get myself in a position to take care of my family, because it’s hard for them to take care of themselves. My mom has Huntingdon’s disease, and my twin sister has cerebral palsy.”
In addition to that, her father developed cancer after being injured in a chemical spill at his work place, so “now he’s disabled.”
Because of the MTAR scholarship and some other scholarships she received, Caitlin is confident that she will be able to accomplish her goals and earn her associate’s degree. Then she can really turn her attention to her family and their unique needs.
There is still space for teams and individual players. A portion of the proceeds also go to the American Diabetes Association.
For information entering the 37th Annual Bill Carey Realtor Golf Scramble, contact Susan Woolsey at (615) 893-2242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.