Four Scholarships Awarded by
Coal Creek Watershed Foundation

Ashley Weaver Wins $10,000 2004 Nantglo Scholarship

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Coal Creek Scholars Program

Former Briceville School graduate and honor student at Anderson County High School, Ashley Weaver, will receive the 2004 Nantglo Scholarship for $10,000 from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF).  Ashley volunteers with the Knox Area Rescue Mission, the Jim Ed Lawson Christmas Fund, and she participates in clean-up and flood abatement activities in Coal Creek.  She also won an essay contest sponsored by CCWF.

UPDATE:  Ashley received her bachelor's degree in applied psychology from Carson-Newman College in 2008 and her master's degree in counseling in December 2009.  As of December 1, 2010, Ashley is now married and stated, "I am now employed with an agency in Middle Tennessee called Centerstone. I am a school-based Therapist/Case-Manager. I work with a caseload of about 25 elementary and middle school children with issues ranging from generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, defiance in school or home, etc. I do therapy and case management sessions with these children in their schools. It is a wonderful job and I love working with the children. I am very happy doing what I love and working with the children."

2004 Nantglo Scholarship recipients
(L to R)  Ashley Weaver, Rocky Bailey,
Michelle Lindsay, and Andy Harness

In her essay on improving the quality of life in the Coal Creek watershed, Ashley says she wants to "help people with their problems and give them confidence in themselves... imagine what our small town would be like if everyone would get involved and take charge of their own lives."  Ashley has received a scholarship from Carson-Newman College where she will study applied psychology.

The runner-up in the competition is Coal Creek Scholar Andy Harness.  Andy completed his Boy Scout Eagle Project at historic Longfield Cemetery on the Coal Creek Motor Discovery Trail where he built a kiosk and restored headstones of the miners who died in the 1902 Fraterville Mine explosion.  In his essay, Andy says, “Tourists, who are tired of theme parks, would enjoy visiting and exploring the rich history of Coal Creek.  Although mine sites are abandoned, its miners and their stories remain.  By restoring forgotten historical sites and setting up an information center, the community can again prosper through tourism.”  Andy will receive a $5,000 scholarship from CCWF and will study history and interactive media design at Middle Tennessee State University.

" I'm still working as a Social Media Optimization Agent and freelance videographer while working on the Coal Creek documentary." 

UPDATE ON ANDY HARNESS as of May 2010 Andy reports: "I got my Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and my major was Electronic Media Production. I'm looking into grad schools now to either get a Masters in Education or Business. I'm currently an independent contractor working on a documentary and I also do freelance photography. I also work as an electronics sales associate for my primary paycheck.  Oh, and I've also competed in some film festivals around Tennessee and have worked on a few short films in my spare time."

Coal Creek Scholars, Michelle Lindsay and Rocky Bailey, will receive $4,000 scholarships from CCWF, thanks to a generous contribution from the construction company Phillips and Jordan, Inc. of Knoxville.  Michelle and Rocky have also received scholarships from Lincoln Memorial University where Michelle will study applied psychology and Rocky will be a business administration/finance major.    

In 2007, Hannah Scarborough received $2,000 for continuing to mentor Briceville Students at our Coal Creek Scholars Day each year.

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. 

Barry K. Thacker, P.E., a professional engineer, is the founder and president of the CCWF.

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