Lee University recently awarded scholarships to 38 women for the 2018-19 school year. The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, a Georgia nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the education of female students, funded the scholarships.
A total of $97,000 was awarded for 2018-19. In accordance with the guidelines prescribed by the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, scholarships were awarded to women who reside in one of nine southeastern states. Recipients were chosen based on a combination of factors including financial need, academic merit, and character.
Mrs. 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 business men secured a contract and soon began bottling and selling Coca-Cola throughout the United States.
Upon Mr. Whitehead's death in 1906, Mrs. Whitehead assumed responsibility for the family's business affairs. She became one of the first women to serve on the board of directors for a major American corporation.
Along with her legacy as a successful business woman, Mrs. Whitehead was also known for her generosity. Throughout her life she supported charities and education programs and was viewed 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 marks the 14th year of the scholarship program at Lee.
"This scholarship has helped me to attend the school of my dreams," said freshman Ashley Berryman of Athens, Georgia. "It has inspired me to carry on Lettie Pate Whitehead's legacy through hard work and dedication."
This year's scholarship recipients are Morgan Beavers of Chatsworth, Georgia; Berryman; Kayle Bishop of Cleveland, Tennessee; Mercedes Blomstrom of Sweetwater, Tennessee; Erica Bohlman of Franklin, Tennessee; Veronica Boss of Salisbury, North Carolina; Elizabeth Clark of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Madeline Coady of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Markie-Rae Dean of Villa Rica, Georgia; Sydney DeVoe of Birmingham, Alabama; Megan Echols of Sandy Springs, Georgia; Kayla Evans of Warner Robbins, Georgia; Kristina Glenn of Rock Hill, South Carolina; Susannah Guthrie of Jackson, Tennessee; Amanda Hanshew of Cleveland, Tennessee; Hannah Hicks of Kennesaw, Georgia; Khyeanna Hooke of Buford, Georgia; Kassidy Howard of Marietta, Georgia; Madison Jett of Hixon, Tennessee; Jennifer Jones of Pell City, Alabama; Madison Jones of Sharpsburg, Georgia; Melia Killion of Knoxville, Tennessee; Elizabeth Landry of Cleveland, Tennessee; Stephanie Little of Elkton, Florida; Lillie Mackie of Hickory, North Carolina; Emmalyn Merritt of Clinton, Tennessee; Reagan Millholland of Dawsonville, Georgia; Katherine Moore of Brooksville, Florida; Madison Ogle of West Monroe, Louisiana; Kelsey Osborne of Nashville, Tennessee; Kaylee Parent of Franklin, Tennessee; Lindsay Phillips of LaFayette, Georgia; DeAnne Sipes of Bradenton, Florida; Millie Swinson of Knoxville, Tennessee; Anna Todd of Loretto, Tennessee; Lydia Trail of Liberty, Tennessee; Katherine Wilhoit of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Heather Wood of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
On Oct. 16, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholars were honored at a lunch reception on Lee's campus, learning about the legacy of the scholarship and the woman for whom it was named.
For more information about the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship, contact Lee's Office of Admissions at (423) 614-8500.
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