Lee University recently awarded 25 women scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year.
The scholarships were funded by a grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, a Georgia nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the support of outstanding women in financial need from nine Southeastern states.
The women were awarded scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $2,250 each. In accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, scholarships were awarded to women who reside in one of nine specified states.
Recipients were chosen based on a combination of factors, including financial need, academic merit and character.
Lettie Pate Whitehead, for whom the foundation is named, was born in Virginia in 1872. In 1895, she married Joseph Brown Whitehead and the two settled in Chattanooga.
In 1899 Mr. Whitehead and an associate approached The Coca-Cola Company with the idea of bottling the popular beverage. The two businessmen secured a contract and soon began bottling and selling Coca-Cola throughout the United States.
Upon Mr. Whitehead’s death in 1906, Lettie Whitehead assumed responsibility for the family’s many business affairs. She became one of the first women to serve on the board of directors of a major American corporation.
Along with her legacy as a successful businesswoman, Mrs. Whitehead also left a legacy of generosity. Throughout her life she supported dozens of charities and educational programs and was seen as a leader in her community. The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation aims to inspire women to stand out as leaders in their communities and to support them in their quest for education.
This year’s recipients are: Tiffany Alley, Parrott, Va.; Claudia Ayoub, Chattanooga; Scarlett Bray, Cleveland; Crystal Cline, Cartersville, Ga.; Katherine Connor, Granite Falls, N.C.; Alexis Corley, LaGrange, Ga.; Lillian Cuzzort, Old Fort; Hannah Hewett, Lexington, N.C.; Kyleigh Hill, Middleburg, Fla.; Haley Hogue, Cleveland; Kayla Hughett, Huntsville; Christina Jarman, Smithfield; Brittany Kellison, Clinton; Danielle King, Acworth, Ga.; Chantelle Kleinhans, Friendsville; Sara Lee, Hixson; Lori Liles, Chattanooga; Jennifer Malloy, Athens; Shabanna Osborne, Marion, Va.; Allison Rayley, Jetersville, Va.; Catherine Shearer, Madisonville; Rachel Simon, Chattanooga; Stephanie Stevens, Ooltewah; Camellia Wilson, Shelbyville; and Hanna Wyman, Louisville.
A reception to celebrate the 25 women chosen for the award this year was held on Aug. 26 on Lee’s campus.