Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

June 11, 2013

Eight graduates awarded Tomorrow Scholarships


CROSSVILLE — A total of eight graduating seniors from Cumberland County High School, Stone Memorial High School and Phoenix School have been awarded Tomorrow Scholarship Awards for the year 2013. Recipients from Cumberland County High School are Jonathan Elmore, Karri Netherton, Blaklee Garrett, Rebecca Carter and Barbara Gibson. Recipients from Stone Memorial High School are Levi Melton and Mary Atkinson. The recipient from Phoenix School is Savanna Downing. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Jonathan Elmore is the son of David Elmore and the late Mary Elmore. He plans to major in Criminal Justice at Tennessee Technological University or Roane State Community College.

Karri Netherton is the daughter of Lynn and J.B. Netherton. She plans to major in Vocal Music/General Education at Tennessee Technological University.

Blaklee Garrett is the daughter of Sam Garrett and Tracey Benson. She plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at East Tennessee State University.

Rebecca Carter is the daughter of Clint and Kimberly Carter. She plans to attend Tennessee Technological University and pursue a career in Agriculture/Animal Science.

Barbara Gibson is the daughter of Sheree Britt. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee and major in English.

Levi Melton is the son of Tracy and Candis Melton. He plans to major in Computer Engineering at Roane State Community College, then transfer to Tennessee Technological University.

Mary Atkinson is the daughter of Doug and Leisa Atkinson. She plans to pursue a degree in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Savanna Downing is the daughter of Catherine Sherrill. She plans to major in Education at Roane State Community College.

Since 1991, the Tomorrow Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships to Cumberland County students based on academic ability and financial need. Originally, anonymous donations from local physician Dr. Joseph Robertson and his late wife, Virginia, funded the scholarships. The Tomorrow Fund continued after Virginia’s death in 1995, through a bequest from her estate. In 1998 the fund obtained tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) Private Foundation, thanks to the efforts of local attorney and CPA Thomas E. Hale. Donations to the fund are now tax-deductible. Since 1998, the fund has given over $91,000 in scholarships to students who have graduated from Cumberland County. Vivian E. Warner, a local attorney who passed away in February of 2008, was a Trustee of the Fund for many years and instrumental in its continuing success in helping deserving students continue their educations past high school.

Contributions to the Tomorrow Scholarship Fund can be made directly or donated as gifts. Several donors have opted to make contributions in memory of friends or family in lieu of memorial flowers at funerals. Whatever the contribution, each donor receives a letter of gratitude. The family also receives a card letting them know that a donation has been made in the memory of their loved one.

Scholarship selections are made by May 1 of each year. Only graduates of Cumberland County schools are eligible for selection. Interested students should contact the guidance department at CCHS, SMHS or Phoenix School for information and applications.

For more information about the Tomorrow Scholarship Fund, please contact Allison Barker Watson by email at Donations may be sent directly to: Tomorrow Scholarship Fund, c/o Calvin and Kim Kemmer, 8447 Highway 68, Crossville, TN 38555.