3 new members for Ratterman-Shell scholarship ‘family’

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 7/16/17

Three new members of the “family” were introduced at Friday’s Ratterman-Shell Scholarship Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club.

Samantha Eason, Kaley Walker and WIll Kaylor are the three …

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3 new members for Ratterman-Shell scholarship ‘family’

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Three new members of the “family” were introduced at Friday’s Ratterman-Shell Scholarship Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club.

Samantha Eason, Kaley Walker and WIll Kaylor are the three newest members of the group who have received scholarships since they began many years ago. Unlike the first year of presenting a scholarship — one scholarship for $1,000 — these three will receive $15,000 in scholarship funds that will be provided to them, incrementally, over their four years of college.

Both Eason, a Cleveland High School graduate, and Kaylor, who just graduated from Bradley Central High School, said they plan to attend Lee University, while Walker Valley High School graduate Walker will be attending Middle Tennessee State University.

“These are three fine individuals, and we are happy to provide them with this scholarship, which is the first time we have been able to provide $15,000 to the incoming college freshmen,” said Ratterman-Shell Scholarship Committee Chairman Mark Smith. “We know that they will make us all proud.”

Others who have been selected in previous years were in attendance to receive their yearly scholarship stipends. They included college sophomores Chase Henderson (UTC), Matt Pankey (CSCC) and Tyler Carpenter (ETSU), juniors Ashley Shoemaker (Lee) and Jada Blackwell (UT), and seniors Logan Melton (UT) and Monica Allison (Lee). Those not able to attend the dinner were scholarship recipients senior Cal Pickel (UTC) and junior Blake Kitterman.

Several of the recipients took the opportunity to thank those in attendance, which include many members of the scholarship committee.

Allison will be a graduate of the initial class in the nursing program at Lee University, and thanked the committee for the scholarship that allowed her to attend the Cleveland university.

Pickel’s mom, Regina Dillon Pickel, spoke on behalf of her son, saying she and Scott Ratterman went to school together. He was one of her dearest friends growing up, and she is pleased to know her son is a part of the scholarship family.

“We know that these scholarship recipients will become young men and women that we will all be proud of. We have many who have become doctors, and lawyers, and teachers, and contribute to their communities every day,” Smith said.

Other members of the Ratterman-Shell Scholarship “family” were in attendance Friday night, including 1997 high school graduates Lee Turpin (Cleveland High School) and Shelly Austin (Charleston High School), 2004 graduate Amy Blackwood (Walker Valley High School) and David Hicks (Cleveland High School).

The scholarship is named after Scott Ratterman and Ed Shell, friends who died unexpectedly many years ago (Ratterman in 1986, Shell in 1990). The scholarship was first named for Ratterman, and Shell was one of the people involved in its creation. His name was added to the program.

Members of both the Ratterman and Shell families were present at Friday night’s dinner.

“It is a privilege and an honor to help these great kids,” said Steve Ratterman, Scott’s brother. “They carry on his and Ed’s legacy in a unique way, and one that both would be happy to be a part of.”

Much of the scholarship is gained through the Ratterman-Shell Memorial Golf Tournament, held each year at Cleveland Country Club. Smith reminded those in attendance that this year’s tournament is scheduled for Oct. 13, with tee-off at 8:30 a.m.

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