Three high school students in Cumberland County were presented scholarships at their graduation ceremony. The scholarship is supported through sales of the book, Cumberland County's First Hundred Years.
This year the $1,000 annual scholarship named after Helen Turner Thurman will be divided between three students — two graduates of the Phoenix School, and one from Cumberland County High School.
Bonnie Alice Emery and Damian Lewis will receive $250 each. Bonnie has already been accepted into the Nashville Art Institute, and her plans are to become a professional photographer. Lewis has already started drafting classes at Crossville's Tennessee Technology Center on the Miller Ave.
Tora Noel graduated from CCHS and will receive a $500 scholarship toward her college expenses. Payment will be made in August to the college of her choice and debited to her account to be used for expenses for the fall semester.
The Helen Turner Thurman Scholarship originated in 1981 with $500 and was increased in 1982 to $1,000. It has been continued each year since that time through donations from the sale of Cumberland County's First Hundred Years.
A few more of those county history books need to be sold to complete this year's funding. They can be purchased at Dylan's Restaurant in Woodmere Mall or at Wisdom TV on West Ave. (behind Kmart). All money from the sales goes directly to the scholarship fund. Vancineta Wisdom serves as chairman of the scholarship account.