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The Southeast Alabama Gas District honored its 2016 Community Service Scholarship recipients Friday at a luncheon banquet in Troy. Seventeen students were recognized for their outstanding commitment to the communities in which they live, and will each receive a $1,500 scholarship to the university, college or technical school of their choice.
This year’s recipients are: Casey Adkins, New Brockton High School; Peighton Carpenter, Brantley High School; Taran Carrasco, Andalusia High School; Tiffani Dean, Opp High School; Cassidy Godwin, Pleasant Home School; Cassidy Harrison, Headland High School; Chelsey Holland, Pike County High School; Lindsay Lee, Charles Henderson High School; Clark Logan, Elba High School; Macy Mathews, Straughn High School; Paxton Peacock, Enterprise High School; Maggie Shorter, Eufaula High School; Taylor Strength, Carroll High School; Brittany Summers, Abbeville High School; Sellers Swann, Greenville High School; Kalon Washington, Luverne High School; and Jonathan Williamson, Red Level High School.
“Southeast Alabama Gas District is a company that was founded to strengthen our local communities,” said Greg Henderson, SEAGD President and CEO. “Our community service scholarship gives SEAGD a chance to invest in future leaders from our communities who are already making a difference today.”
SEAGD’s Community Service Scholarship is a competitive scholarship available to high school seniors who serve their communities with a sincere intent of making the world a better place. This year’s recipients have served in a variety of ways, including establishing fundraisers for dialysis patients, singing in nursing homes, assisting with the donation of more than 1,000 books to libraries in Africa, providing meals to local families and participating in activities with children who have special needs. Regardless of whether these recipients impacted one person or thousands of people, the underlying message in their essays was captured by Casey Adkins from New Brockton High School, “Community service is more than just something to stamp on college applications; it is an experience that opens your eyes to community involvement.”
The Community Service Scholarship program is part of SEAGD’s overall commitment to serve area schools through its Give Back to Schools initiative. Over the past seven years, SEAGD has returned more than $900,000 to public schools in the company’s service delivery area.