The Hearts and Hands Scholarship Fund is awarding scholarships totaling $13,700 to 20 Townsend students this year. The students and the schools they are attending are:
• Phillip Massey, Maryville College
• Jordan Kear, Tennessee Technical Institute
• Jake Payne, East Tennessee State University
• Aaron Johnson, Maryville College
• Joseph Sullivan, Pellissippi State Techical Community College
• Mary Hmielewski, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
• Alyssa Hmielewski, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
• Elizaberth Funke, Southern Mississippi Univeristy
• Sarah Smolka, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
• Michael Adkins, Tennessee State University
• Mitchel Chambers, Pellissippi State Techical Community College
• Russell Chambers, Urbana University.
• Sandra Chambers, Pellissippi State Techical Community College
• Tyler Lowery, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
• Kayla Simmons, Reuben Allen College
• Justin Caines, Maryville College
• Hannah Muelder, Carson-Newman College
• Leigha Austin, Carson-Newman College
• Kyle Wigginton, University of Mobile
• Noah McDougall, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Awards range from $500 to $800 each. In addition, the first Dorothy Storey Scholarship was awarded this year. Dorothy Storey is one of the founding members and has given of herself tirelessly to ensure the success of the Hearts and Hands fund. An additional $1,000 was designated for a student who has shown exceptional service to his/her community.
First recipient of the Dorothy Storey Scholarship is Jake Payne.
Jake will be a senior this year at East Tennessee State University, majoring in criminal justice. He is also an officer candidate for the US Marine Corp and will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant upon completion of his senior year.
Jake has done extensive volunteer work for the Great Smoky National Park since he was 12 years old. For the past three years, he has been a Student Conservation Association volunteer and worked with both wildlife resources and law enforcement in the Park. His activities have included trail maintenance, monitoring hog traps, assisting with nuisance bears, monitoring bear population and assisting with hard mast surveys to determine the abundance of fall food for wild life.
Jake also attended training and is certified as a wildland fire fighter for the National Park Service. In addition to his extensive service to the National Park, Jake has volunteered at a children’s camp, Camp Bo Ya Ca, in Wears Valley for more than 6 years, done volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, and has traveled to Belize and Mexico for relief and construction work.
The Hearts and Hands Scholarship fund was established in 1994 to award scholarships to Townsend, Tennessee residents attending regionally accredited colleges or vocational schools. With this year’s distribution, about $108,000 will have been given to local students. The entire community of Townsend participates in events such as bake sales at Townsend Spring and Fall Festivals and an annual White Elephant Sales to help build the fund. Hearts and Hands also sponsors recycling efforts in Townsend for newspapers, magazines, cardboard and aluminum cans. For further information, visit www.heartsandhandsfund.org or call Susan Pasquini, 865-448-1942.