The Westhaven Foundation has awarded two area high school seniors with scholarships to help them continue their education plans.
The Westhaven Foundation Scholarship was provided to Olivia Anne Hawkins, who graduated from Independence High School, and whose family lives in the Westhaven community. The Westhaven Lift Scholarship was awarded to Colton Spivey who recently graduated from Page High School. Each scholarship is for $2,000, and three additional runner-up’s received $100 donated to their favorite charities.
One mission of the Foundation has been to support educational excellence at all levels, while fostering volunteerism within the Westhaven community and Williamson County as a whole. The Westhaven Foundation works to act as a catalyst to promote the love of community, volunteerism, life-long education, and support of the arts throughout the area.
[quote font_size=”16″ bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]“We are so excited to be able to help these students pursue the educations plans,” said Matt Magallanes, Scholarship Chair and Vice President of The Westhaven Foundation. “It’s so hard to choose from so many great applicants. What set our winners apart was simply the sheer volume of volunteer time they spent in terms of both hours and leadership.”[/quote]
Olivia Anne Hawkins has been accepted to Florida State University and will have the opportunity to participate in FSU’s Study Abroad Program, planning to spend her freshman year in Florence, Italy. She’s been able to spend the last nine months working with World Race, a mission organization, and has had the opportunity to help build homes, farms, and community activities like volleyball courts and soccer tournaments, all while teaching English to adults and children in Guatemala, Thailand and Zambia, Africa. She’s spent time all across Franklin and Williamson County with organizations like Girl Scouts of America and YMCA, as well as area senior citizen centers, homeless shelters and her church.
Colton Spivey will head to Georgia Tech University to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Upon that, he will seek additional education in research and prosthetic development, and hopes to one day work with returning veterans who have suffered a loss of limb while serving our country. Colton has spent much of his time volunteering with his school; leading mentorship programs for underclassmen and working on grounds crews, as well as being very involved in his local church program, leading teams and activities for sometimes over 100 area teens. He spends time each summer raising money for and working to refurbish hurricane ravaged areas of Mississippi, and helps organize a retreat for over 100 incoming freshman, helping them prepare for high school.
About The Westhaven Foundation
The Westhaven Foundation is a 501-c3 non-profit organization, established by the residents of Westhaven, with full support of the community’s developer, Southern land Company. The mission of the Foundation is to promote lifelong learning, leadership, preservation, philanthropy and environmental awareness with Westhaven and the greater Franklin community. The Foundation strives to nurture a strong sense of community, while enhancing the quality of life at Westhaven.
To date, over $700,000 has been raised by The Westhaven Foundation for various community events and organizations, including student scholarships and an event called Franklin 4 the Cure that raises money for pediatric cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.More Westhaven News