Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 3, 2013

A little help as you go

Athens Rotary Club awards scholarships

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The first W.P. “Rip” Drumgoole Memorial Scholarships were awarded at the Thursday Athens Rotary Club weekly meeting. 

Drumgoole, a college administrator at Trinity Valley Community College, died in November 2011.

The memorial scholarships are a joint venture between the Athens Rotary Club and TVCC. The scholarships are $500 for four semesters. Each student will receive a total of $2,000 to apply to their tuition at TVCC.

The first recipients of the Drumgoole Memorial Scholarships were Nelly Pendroza (Athens High School); Matthew Hill (Athens High School); Kelsey Jones (Athens Preparatory Academy); and Cassie Tobin (LaPoynor High School).

The Rotary Club and TVCC also combined efforts to award 11 Orval Pirtle Memorial Scholarships. The Orval Pirtle Scholarships have been awarded since 1944. Pirtle was instrumental in bringing the junior college to Athens.

This year’s recipients of the $500 Orval Pirtle Memorial Scholarships were Yomalli Hernandez (Athens High School); Alberto Rios (Athens High School); Brody Chamber (Brownsboro High School); Karina Rojas (Brownsboro High School); Taylor Jaye Loden (Cross Roads High School); Zachary Allan Gardner (Cross Roads High School); Ashley Fansworth (Eustace High School); Dillon Gragson (Eustace High School); Tiffany Wimberly (LaPo-ynor High School); Deon Johnson (LaPoynor High School) ;and Jordan D'Quann Dowell (Trinidad High School).

The Rotary Club awarded two Ron Baugh Scholarships. The $2,500 scholarships are given to students who will be attending a 4-year university. Derek Davies, an Athens High School senior, and Haley McCoin, a Mabank senior, will receive this year's Ron Baugh Scholarships.