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Five FHU Students Named McWherter Scholars

Henderson, Tennessee - Aug 22, 2017

Five Freed-Hardeman University students have been named McWherter Scholars for the 2017-18 school year.


Honorees include the following West Tennessee students: Welton Degraffreed, II, a sophomore nursing major from Atoka; Catey Delaney, a sophomore nursing major from Dresden; Shelby Lynn Hardy, a junior social work major from Henderson; Savannah Jones, a senior business major from Pinson; and Alyssa Showers, a sophomore education and psychology major from Henderson.

The scholarship program is under the auspices of the Volunteer Center for Rural Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of rural Tennesseans. The Center emphasizes economic development, education and development of future leaders. Named for Tennessee’s 46th governor, it was created through the efforts of Roy Herron, who took the seat formerly occupied in the Tennessee House of Representatives by McWherter, former representative Mark Maddox and Representative Craig Fitzhugh.

The first class of McWherter Scholars was named in 2008. They are rural West Tennesseans who have been nominated by their universities and selected by the Center. Students attend various meetings featuring community and state leaders. The amount of the scholarships, which can reach $2,000, is determined by the students’ level of participation and effort in the program. Former speakers at the Center’s events have included the late Governor McWherter, Senator Bob Corker, former congressman John Tanner and philanthropist and businessman Jim Ayers.