Motlow State Community College sophomore Shae Wanamaker has been awarded a $500 Dottie West Memorial Scholarship.
Former Dottie West Memorial Scholarship chairman Thomas B. Vaughn and Motlow in McMinnville director Melody Edmonds presented the award Monday. As Vaughn noted, “This is a milestone for Shae and for Motlow. It is the 60th such award since Bill Myers and I resurrected the Dottie West Music Fest in 2007 after a long hiatus. And for Bill and me, it is the last. Bill moved out of town and I moved on. Still, we’re hopeful some organization will continue to honor Dottie and award scholarships to deserving non-traditional students like Shae and the 59 others whom she now joins.”
Edmonds added, “We are truly grateful for the many Dottie West Memorial Scholarships our students have received, including the one we awarded to Shae today. We also want to thank Thomas, Bill, Dottie’s family, and all those who worked so hard to make these awards a reality, including the hundreds of generous donors and sponsors. With the economy down and tuition costs up, our students need all the financial help we can provide.”
Dottie West Memorial Scholarships are awarded to non-traditional students, who are defined as students who return to school after first entering the workforce or undertaking another venture. Vaughn notes Wanamaker is the perfect example of such a student as a wife and mother.
“She struggles to juggle the diverse demands on her time and energy,” said Vaughn.
Wanamaker is pursuing a degree in pre-nursing.
“We’re proud of her. I’m sure her family, friends and colleagues are too,” said Vaughn.