The Sevier County High School Alumni Association foundation will award $29,000 to twenty-five graduating seniors in the 2007 class.  The foundation, a rarity among public school systems in the United States, was founded in 1997 by Principal Gary Roach, Vice-Principal Stephanie Huskey, and 1948 graduate Jack Frost of Gainesville Georgia, the sponsor of the Annual Foundation Dinner. 

With an endowment now in excess of $.5 million, the foundation has provided scholarship support of over $200,000 during its ten-year existence.  The largest award, of course, is the Dolly Parton Scholarship co-sponsored by the Dollywood Foundation which is in the amount of $15,000 per year. 

Among several other family scholarships awarded annually, there is the Frost Foundation Scholarship, the Mack French Memorial Scholarship, the Preacher Walker Scholarship, the Sammy Garner Memorial Scholarship, the Brabson Family Scholarship, the Bryan Blalock Memorial Scholarship, the Ned Williams Scholarship, the Sarah Edwards Heisman Scholarship, the Louise Mandrell Scholarship, and the Coach Doug Smith Scholarship. 

"Each of the 2007 scholarship recipients will be honored at an awards dinner later this month," said Becky Barnes, a school board member who also serves as executive director of the foundation.  Typically, the scholarships range in value from $500 to $1,000 for each student.

The officers of the organization are as follows: Billy Carroll, President; Greg Davis, Vice-President; and Jo Blalock, Treasurer.  For information about the Sevier County High School Alumni Association foundation, contact either Gary Roach or Beth Debord at (865) 453-5525.

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