2020 Walton Trust Scholarship Recipients Named
Over 250 students applied for the scholarship that helps fund post-secondary education at a college or vo-tech school. Applicants were evaluated on work ethic, triumph over obstacles, community service and extracurricular activities. The scholarship committee also reviewed recommendations from teachers and other adults involved in the students’ lives.
The committee selected 31 students to receive $4,000 scholarships. Another 29 were awarded runner-up scholarships of $1,000.
The Trust has awarded more than 600 scholarships worth almost $2.5 million since the program began in 2009. The scholarships are funded by unclaimed refunds to former Walton EMC customer-owners. After all efforts are exhausted to find the rightful owners, the money goes into an endowment provided for by Georgia law.
Students receiving a Walton Trust Scholarship this year are Tiffany Adams, South Gwinnett High; Mya Rose Bailey, Brookwood High; Sydney Bell, North Oconee High; Hannah Brown, Walnut Grove High; Trinity Carithers, Oconee County High; Emily Casey, Walnut Grove High; Taylor Crowe, North Oconee High; Katelynn Darnell, Monroe Area High; Alexander Hong, Brookwood High; Hannan Howard, Loganville High; Emileigh Keese, Monroe Area High; Thomas King, George Walton Academy; Michika Ito, North Oconee High; George Johnson, North Oconee High; Sydney LaBollita, Bethlehem Christian Academy; Demetra Langford, South Gwinnett High; Savanna Mitchell, South Gwinnett High; Damilola Osinibi, Shiloh High; Michael Porter, Oconee County High; Ridge Powelson, Scholar’s Guild Academy; Lauren Rowell, Walnut Grove High; Amelia Sale, North Oconee High; Eli Searcy, Oconee County High; Adara Sewell, Loganville High; Durriya Shaw, South Gwinnett High; Aamerah Silas; South Gwinnett High; Kennedy Stevens, Monroe Area High; Hannah Temples, Dacula Classical Academy; Kelsey Watkins, Parkview High; Aliyah White, Winder-Barrow High; Addie Wise, Walnut Grove High.