Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club to award 10 scholarships

Published 8:51 pm Monday, May 2, 2016

The Dallas-Wilcox Bama Club will hold its annual banquet Monday to award 10 high school seniors attending the University of Alabama with a scholarship of $2,250.

Four students from Morgan Academy, two students from Selma High, one student from Southside High and three from Thomasville High earned the scholarship. Club president Ronnie Leet said the scholarships are given based not only on the students’ academic achievement but also how involved they are in extracurricular activities.

Leet said the members enjoy helping out 10 local students to attend a university they are all passionate about.

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“This is the most satisfying thing in the fact that they help to provide money for students from Dallas and Wilcox County going to the university, so it’s a big help,” Leet said.

Julian Ennis, Frances Henry, Bart Adams and Owen Robertson are the four representatives from Morgan Academy to earn the scholarship. Charles Craig and Eddie Ford from Selma and Shaqueria Dial from Southside will also be honored at Monday’s banquet with a scholarship.

In addition, Thomasville’s Jacob Kynard, Shelby Boddie and Forrest Campbell will all receive the $2,250 scholarship.

“With the cost of education, every amount of dollars that they can get will benefit them in going to the university,” Leet said. “Certainly coming from Alabama fans should have some meaning to them knowing that they’ve been recognized for their accomplishments and their achievements.”

The guest speaker for the banquet will be Tom Roberts, former director of broadcasting for the Crimson Tide Sports Network. Roberts retired in 2015, after many years hosting the football pregame show and the weekly “Hey Coach” radio show.

Leet said roughly 80 people have registered for the banquet so far. It is mandatory to RSVP by calling Leet at (334) 875-2672 no later than Wednesday at 6 p.m. There will be no reservations allowed at the door.

Leet expects to have around 100 people attend the banquet. He is looking forward to welcoming a well-known speaker to give his insight about the Alabama football team and giving 10 students a well-earned scholarship to help them achieve their goals at Alabama.

“Members get a lot of gratification knowing they have helped through their membership and these are excellent students who will be great ambassadors not only for the University of Alabama but also for Dallas and Wilcox County,” Leet said.

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