Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee
- Cara Shaye Walker
- Garrett S. Shuler
- Clay Garrett Collins
- Brennan Marie Day
- Michael J. Kracht
- Michelle Leann Jones
Cara Shaye Walker
$12,000 College Scholarship
University of Alabama
Parents: David and Tracey Walker
Cara graduated from Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School in Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., where she was president of the National Honor Society and editor of the school newspaper.
A finalist for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, Cara had the opportunity to stay on the Valdosta State University campus for four weeks, taking classes in her major of communicative arts.
“I discovered the pure joy of learning and the responsibility I have as a learner to use every opportunity as a way to grow,” she says.
Garrett S. Shuler
Savannah, Ga.$11,000 College ScholarshipOxford College of Emory UniversityOxford, Ga.Major: Political ScienceParents: Kirk and Miriam Shuler
Garrett graduated from Savannah Aris Academy in Savannah, Ga., where he was captain of the wrestling team and a National Merit Finalist.
He plans to attend law school after college and eventually run for Congress.
“With this education, my dream can be realized, and my mark on our country can begin to be made,” says Garrett.
Clay Garrett Collins
Mineral Bluff. Ga.$10,000 College ScholarshipBerry CollegeMount Berry, Ga.Major: EconomicsParents: Michael and Donna Collins
Clay graduated from Tri-County Early College High School in Murphy, N.C., where he was valedictorian and a member of National Beta Club.
Thanks to a special college prep program, he was able to take college classes throughout high school, earning a two-year college degree. “I’ve had the opportunity to conduct service projects for our community, host foreign students to enhance my global perspective, and tour high-tech research facilities to see what it’s like to be on the cutting edge,” says Clay.
Clay plans to earn an MBA and work for a bank or investment firm.
Brennan Marie Day
$9,000 College Scholarship
George Washington University
Major: Economics, Math
Parents: Jonathan and Joy Day
Brennan graduated from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tenn., where she was an AP Scholar and played varsity soccer.
She’s a dedicated volunteer, donating time to her local Veterans Affairs nursing home and tutoring students in math.
“I love math and believe that everyone needs an opportunity to learn the material to the best of his or her abilities,” says Brennan.
Michael J. Kracht
St. Petersburg, Fla.
$8,000 College Scholarship
University of Florida
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Parents: James and Diane Kracht
Michael graduated from Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was a member of National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America.
Childhood illness and numerous surgeries left Michael with poor hearing in his left ear, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving his goals.
“As a member of the marching band, I’ve had to work harder to hear a part and understand how something should sound, but it’s all worth it,” he says. “I managed to become the percussion co-captain and perform with the all-county band playing the clarinet.”
Michelle Leann Jones
$7,000 College Scholarship
University of Alabama-Birmingham
Major: Forensic Accounting
Parents: Carl and Ann Jones
Michelle graduated from Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she was an AP Scholar, National Merit Commended Student and valedictorian.
After college she hopes to become a forensic accountant for the FBI.
“It’s a very specialized career,” explains Michelle. “The past two summers, I attended college programs learning about computer forensics, accounting, and what it’s like to work for an investigative agency like the FBI.”