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2012 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

The Board of Directors of ACFA established the ACFA – Helen Brothers/Beth Harris Memorial Scholarship to be awarded on an annual basis beginning with the year 2005 and each year thereafter to a qualified applicant who is affiliated with the Alabama Consumer Finance Association as an employee of a Regular or Associate Member company, or who is a child or grandchild of an employee of a Regular or Associate Member company. In 2012, the Board has approved the additional award of the Helen Brothers/Beth Harris Memorial Scholarship to honor the late wife of ACFA Vice-President Richard Harris.

ACFA has awarded (12) scholarships since 2006 and in 2012 the Awards Committee recommended and the Board of Directors approved (6) additional scholarships for a grand total of (18) to date. The following our 2013 scholarship winners.

CONGRATUALTIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS!

 

The 2012 winners are:

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*Amber Beach – daughter of Rick Beach – Southern Management/Covington Credit of Alabama

Greenville, South Carolina

*Fair Play, South Carolina – Age 18

*Graduated in 2012 from West-Oak High in Westminster, SC with 4.25 GPA

*Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders

*School and community activities:

*Student Council 09-12 grades and Class President

*Rotary-Interact – 09-12 grades

*National Honor Society – 10 – 12 grades- Secretary

*Student Advisory Council – 11 – 12 grades – School Representative

*Track – Cross Country 09 – 11 grades (Track MVP – 10 and Coach’s Pick – 11)

*TO ATTEND: University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC – Major in Broadcast Journalism

HELEN BROTHERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarship is established as a memorial to Helen Brothers, the deceased wife of Glenn Brothers, the first President of ACFA and a Life Time Member of the Association. For in excess of 40 years, Helen was a strong supporter of Glenn and the consumer finance industry. Helen served as Executive Secretary of the Southern Company of Birmingham and in 1998 was awarded the “Most Enthusiast Golfer” by the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Helen was an ambassador for Alabama and the US in her travels all over the world. Helen and Glenn had two daughters – Lea and Angie and were the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

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*Hope Duann Benefield – daughter of Duann Benefield – Pioneer Credit Company – Fort Payne

*Ider, Alabama – Age 18

*Graduated from Ider High School – Ider, Alabama in 2012 with 3.00 GPA

*Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders

*School and community activities

*Volunteer in Tornado Relief – 2011

*Volunteer – Coach Recreation League – Basketball Team – 2011

*Member of the All Tournament Basketball Team representing DeKalb County – 09 – 12 grades

*Member of the All Tournament Basketball Team representing Sand Mountain – 09 – 12 grades

*Summer intern for Pioneer Credit – Fort Payne – 09 – 12 grades

*TO ATTEND: Wallace State Community College–Hanceville, Alabama–Major in Youth Disability

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* Katelyn Suzanne Partain – daughter of Brent Partain – United Motor Club – Paducah, KY

*Vinemont, Alabama – Age 17

*Graduated from Vinemont High School in Vinemont, Alabama in 2012 with 4.24 GPA

*Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders

*School and community activities

*Project Manager for UAH/NASA Inspiress – Space Exploration Mission Design – 2011

*Band – Color Guard, Majorette, Flute – President and Captain

*Student Government Association – Secretary, Chaplain Service – 10 – 12 grades

*National Honor Society – Secretary and Vice President – 10 – 12 grades

*Alabama Girls State – Delegate – Leadership Study – 2011

*Summer work – McDonald’s – Cullman

*TO ATTEND: University of North Alabama – Florence – Major in Business

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*Alyssa Elizabeth Ward – daughter of Randy Ward – Regional Management Corporation – Mauldin, SC

*Riceville, Tennessee – Age 17

*Graduated from Family Christian Academy – Old Hickory, Tennessee in 2013 (dual enrollment) with a

GPA 4.00

*Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders

*School and community activities

*Science Award – freshman, sophomore, and junior years

*Volunteer tutor to others in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology

*Developed and produced martial arts self defense seminar for high schools students

*TO ATTEND: Cleveland Community State College (start in fall of 2012) and then University of

Tennessee – Major in Science with emphasis on pharmaceutical research and development.

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*Matthew Coy Westbury – son of Rick Beach – Southern Management – Greenville, South Carolina

*Fair Play, South Carolina – Age 18

*Graduated from West – Oak High School, Westminster, SC in 2012 with GPA of 3.80

*Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders

*School and community activities

*Student Council – 09 – 12 grades – Class President

*All Region Track and Country – 08 – 11 grades

*All Region – All State – 2011 State Team Champions – Wrestling

*Individual Wrestling – 08 – 12 grades – 3rd in State 2011 and 2nd in State 2012

*Freestyle Wrestling – 2011 Tennessee State Champion – Awarded State Championship Belt

*Held summer jobs in the construction industry and currently works at Hollisters as a floor model.

*TO ATTEND: Costal Carolina College – Myrtle Beach, SC – Major in Health Science and Physical

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*Gaven Dunnam – son of Darryl Dunnam – Manager of ACA Financial Services – Ozark, Alabama

*Cowarts, Alabama – Age 18

*Graduated from Ashford High School in Ashford, Alabama in 2012 with a GPA of 4.00

*Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders

*School and community activities

*Scholarship Awards for letters in basketball, baseball, football while maintaining a 4.0 GPA

*Vice President of SGA – Leadership School

*TO ATTEND: Ozark Aviation College – Ozark, Alabama – Major in Aviation Technology

Past Recipients of the ACFA-HBMS Scholarship Award

2011 – Carley A. Bruzzese

2011 – Nicholas Roberts

2010 - Christina Lynn Mize – Oneonta, Alabama

2009 – Catrina Callahan – Birmingham, Alabama

2009 – Anna Elise Petry – LaGrange, Georgia

2009 – Chynna Laurel Ward – Riceville, Tennessee

2008 – Alexandra Brooke Beasley – Birmingham, Alabama

2008 - Abby Tuberville – Citronelle, Alabama

2008 – Jon Saunders – Enterprise, Alabama

2007 – Alice Brownell – Enterprise, Alabama

2007 – Ashlee Rene’ Thompson – Rockford, Alabama

2006 – Joseph Webb – Decatur, Alabama

2012 Scholarship Selection and Awards Committee

Don Gowen - Member

Randy Ward – Member

Glen Brothers – Member