2006 Nantglo Scholarship Competition

Two Scholarships Awarded by
Coal Creek Watershed Foundation

Kaleasha Welch awarded $10,000

Nick Harness will receive $4,000 Scholarship

Coal Creek Scholars Program                                         Courier News Story

Former Briceville School graduate and Honor student at Anderson County High School, Kaleasha Welch, will receive the 2006 Nantglo Scholarship for $10,000 from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF).  Kaleasha was a member of the National Honor Society and also a member of the Lady Mav’s Softball Team at Anderson County High School  She won an essay contest sponsored by CCWF and helped with the restoration of historic Briceville Ball Park.

2006 Nantglo Scholarship recipients
NIck Harness and Kaleasha Welch


Kaleasha with her grandparents
Brenda and Merle Tinker at her 5th grade
graduation from Briceville School in 1999

In her essay on improving the quality of life in the Coal Creek watershed, Kaleasha says, "I want to talk to younger kids and tell them no matter what others say they can grow up to be anything they want to be if they just work hard at doing it. Briceville is a really small town that a lot of people tend to make fun of, but I am very proud of where I live and the things that we do to improve our little community. Being from Briceville you don’t get very much respect and what you do get you have to earn 100%.Kaleasha has received a scholarship to play softball at Hiwassee College where she plans to study pre- pharmacy before completing her education to become a pharmacist.
Thanks to a generous contribution from Camp family heir Nancy Montgomery and other Fraterville miner descendants, CCWF awarded a second scholarship this year.  The runner-up in the competition is Coal Creek Scholar Nick Harness.  Nick will receive a $4,000 scholarship from CCWF and will attend Middle Tennessee State University.  His goal is to then attend law school. 

Nick completed his Boy Scout Eagle Project at historic Cross Mountain Miners' Circle Cemetery where he built a kiosk and restored headstones of the miners who died in the 1911 Cross Mountain Mine explosion


Barry Thacker, P.E., (Center) presents
scholarships to Nick and Kaleasha.
Thacker is a professional engineer and
 the founder and president of the CCWF.


Kaleasha (R) and sister Kala in 1999 at Briceville School graduation


Kaleasha and parents John and Kim Hayes

The Nantglo Scholarship, named in honor of the Welsh coal miners who settled Coal Creek, is offered to graduates of Briceville Elementary School to assist them in attending college.  Requirements to earn the scholarship include participating in community service projects in the Coal Creek Watershed and being a mentor to current Briceville School students.  CCWF's goal is to give these students the incentive to excel in middle school and high school, knowing that they have the potential to get a college education. 

Coal Creek Scholars Program

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