Coal Creek
Watershed Foundation
awards scholarships to
help educate a new generation
of community leaders

Two Nantglo scholarships
totaling $20,000 awarded to
Samantha Campbell and Anna Braden!

16 May 2017


SCHOLARS PROGRAM INFORMATION
 

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR NANTGLO SCHOLARSHIP

 


L to R: Anna Braden, Barry Thacker PE, and Samantha Campbell
2017 Nantglo Scholarship Winners!

Excerpt from CCWF scholarship award presentation at Anderson County High School by Barry Thacker, PE

“The Coal Creek Watershed Foundation has awarded 45 scholarships to help students from Briceville attend college over the past 15 years.  Our postgraduate scholarships have helped one scholar go to law school, one go to medical school, and another to launch a technology innovation firm.  This year, we will be awarding two scholarships totaling $20,000. 

The only thing we ask in return is that our scholars serve as role models for current Briceville students.  Is it effective?  You bet.  At our Scholars Day event last year, Kyle Leinart said that when Amy Dugger Crabtree spoke to his fifth grade class 13 years ago, he knew that if Amy could go to college, he could too—and he did.

To quality for our scholarships, students from Briceville must participate in our community service projects and write an essay on improving the quality of life in the Coal Creek Watershed.  Our first 2017 recipient will pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, first at Roane State Community College and then Lincoln Memorial University.  In her essay, she described her plan for expanding the Briceville Clinic after graduation by recruiting doctors to help her.  I say a good place to start recruiting would be Coal Creek Scholar Jonathan Towe who is now in his third year of medical school.  Samantha Campbell, come on down. 

Our second 2017 recipient will pursue her dream of a career in marketing and public relations at Roane State.  In her essay, she not only described her plan for improving the quality of life in the watershed, she also provided a graph illustrating how it will work.  As an engineer, I love a plan that includes a graph.  Anna Braden, come on down.”    


Coal Creek Scholars at 2016 volunteer day
at the East TN History Center

We managed to take our first ever "Stage-Selfie"
with the Coal Creek Scholarship winners

Pick a work day over the past few years and you’ll see photos of the Class of 2017 Scholars.   

·       Coal Creek history research project at the McClung Historical Collection http://www.coalcreekaml.com/ScholarsHistoryCenterOct2016.htm   

·       Human book chain at Briceville Library http://www.coalcreekaml.com/BricevilleLibraryBooks.htm

·       Work day at Militia Hill http://www.coalcreekaml.com/militiascholarsnov2016.htm

·       Cleanup at Coal Creek Miners Museum http://www.coalcreekaml.com/MuseumWorkDayApril2015.htm

·       Trash cleanups http://www.coalcreekaml.com/TrashDayResultsMarch2012.htm and http://www.coalcreekaml.com/TrashDayResultsMarch2017.htm.

 
L to R:  Samantha Campbell, Barry Thacker PE, Carol Moore & Anna Braden

CCWF President, Barry Thacker, PE says, “Our favorite day of the year is when Coal Creek Scholars in college return to serve as role models for current Briceville students. You name it and we have a student or practitioner in that field—doctors, engineers, lawyers, scientists, nurses, teachers, accountants, ministers, business leaders, analysts, and more.” 

CCWF board-member Carol Moore says, “Our goal is to give every Briceville student the incentive to excel in middle school and high school because they know they have the potential to get a college education.” 

Nantglo is Welsh for Coal Creek and these scholarship recognize the contributions of the Welsh miners who helped East Tennessee rebuild after the Civil War.  They came to Coal Creek to escape persecution in Great Britain.  Here is where they wrote about their new land in their native language at a time when it was illegal to do so in Wales.  Those books now reside at Harvard University where they are still used as references by students today.  Dr. Eirug Davis from Harvard translated them into English for use in his book, “The Welsh of Tennessee.”   

With the addition of the Class of 2017, forty-seven students from Briceville have received CCWF Scholarships since 2002! 

CLICK THE LINK AT https://youtu.be/Cl8z_UjZLZE  TO VIEW THE BEAUTIFUL VIDEO PRODUCED BY SCHOLARS ANDY HARNESS, AMY DUGGER CRABTREE, JONATHAN SHARP, PHILLIP SMITH, ROCKY BAILEY, AND FRANCES-LEE BRADEN DOUGHERTY.

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