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Cardinal Foundation awards scholarships


Gadsden, Ala. - The Cardinal Foundation, a support organization of Gadsden State Community College, recently awarded scholarships to 10 students.

“The Cardinal Foundation exists to support the mission of Gadsden State and to provide opportunities for students,” said Mark Condra, president of the Cardinal Foundation Board of Directors. “It is an honor to recognize these students for all their hard work and to award them with a scholarship to attend Gadsden State.”

The Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation awarded Maribel Perez of Sardis City with the Cardinals Who Give scholarship. This scholarship is worth $1,500 and is to assist with tuition, books and fees. Perez is pursuing a diagnostic medical sonography degree and will graduate in December 2021.

The second recipient of the Cardinals Who Give scholarship is Serena Knight of Gadsden. She is the daughter of Kimberly Knight. She is majoring in general studies. After graduation, Knight plans to transfer to The University of Alabama in Huntsville to major in nursing. Knight’s career goal is to become a nurse anesthetist.

The Swoop Sprint 5K Scholarship is also a $1,500 scholarship and can be used for tuition, books and fees. Jana Croft of Cedar Bluff is the recipient of this scholarship. She is married to Eric and together they have Iris, 2, and Cedar, 9 months. She is majoring in nursing and plans to graduate in the fall 2021.

The Gerald Acker Scholarship is given to an incoming Gadsden State student enrolled in the electronic technology program. This scholarship is $2,000 and is awarded to Christopher Boyd of Anniston. Boyd is the son of Michael Boyd and Geraldine Lawrence and the father to Crystal Barner, 19, and Alivia Boyd, 9. Boyd will graduate in 2022 and hopes to work for a power company.

The Alabama Homebuilders Construction Scholarship is a $600 scholarship to a student enrolled in the carpentry program. Hudson Howle of Rainbow City is the scholarship recipient. Howle is the son of Susan Howle. He plans to graduate in the summer 2022.

The Benjamin Steinberg scholarship is a $500 scholarship to a student enrolled in the nursing program. This year’s recipient is Kylie Grimmett of Rainbow City. Grimmett’s parents are Audrey Michelle Lowery and Keno Versha Grimmett. She plans to graduate in the summer 2022.

The Michael Scott Hatten Memorial Scholarship is $1,000 and awarded to students taking courses in precision machining. Tesla Wheeler of Oxford is the scholarship recipient. Wheeler is the daughter of Deborah Wheeler. She plans to graduate in the spring 2021 and work at CNC Machine Shop.

The Tim & Laura McCartney CTE Scholarship awards three $1,500 scholarships to students majoring in a technical program. Gregory Carnes from Hokes Bluff is one of the recipients of this scholarship. Carnes is the son of Donna Carnes. Carnes is majoring in electrical technology and plans to graduate in December. He hopes to become an electrician after graduation.

Clay Rainey of Hokes Bluff is also a recipient of the McCartney scholarship. Rainey is the son of Dustin and Leann. He is majoring in electrical technology and plans to graduate in the fall 2022. His career goal is to be a lineman.

Jakeb-Thomas Grayson Mintz is the third McCartney scholarship recipient. Mintz is from Rainbow City. He is the son of Garry and Paige. He is majoring in industrial automation technologies and plans to graduate spring 2022. Mintz hopes to one day work in management.

The Cardinal Foundation awarded a total of 15 scholarships for the 2020/2021 academic school year. Since the foundation’s inception, it has awarded over $65,000 in scholarships to students.