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Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation awards scholarships

Gadsden, Ala. — Gadsden State Community College’s Cardinal Foundation hosted a luncheon Thursday to honor scholarship donors and winners.

“You had a lot of other institutions you could have attended,” said Dr. Kathy Murphy, Gadsden State’s president. “Thank you for choosing Gadsden State.”

She was also complimentary of the many donors attending the luncheon.

“Thank you for giving your resources to help others on their academic journey,” she said. “You are investing in the lives of other people. You are to be commended.”

Ted Turgeon, a Gadsden State graduate now working as an investment advisor, was the keynote speaker. He told of his journey from uncertainty to college graduate to successful businessman.

“Gadsden State was a major road to where I am now,” he said. “I can’t even begin to give back to Gadsden State what they have given me. They gave me a better life.

“Degrees and certificates don’t make us better than anyone else but, they do make us better than we were before.”

Scholarships and students receiving them are:

Cardinal Foundation Calhoun County Scholarship: Aliyah Williams of Jacksonville

Chad Hawkins Educational Foundation Scholarship: Britney Conway of Anniston

Dr. Aletta Williamson Leadership Scholarship: Eleaxus Pettus of Anniston

Dr. Gertie Lowe Memorial Scholarship: Chantara Williams of Gadsden

Gerald Acker Scholarships: John Gilbert of Rainbow City, Nic Goodgame of Anniston and Koby Dillard of Gadsden

GRIP Autocross Scholarship: Eli Heath of Hokes Bluff

Louis and Elaine Marsalis Scholarships: Caden Buttram of Centre and Chloe Livingston of Cedartown

Michael Scott Hatten Memorial Scholarship: Justin Isbell of Cropwell

Michael Joe Wofford Scholarship: Caleb Fleming of Gadsden

Cardinal Foundation Past Presidents Honorary Scholarship: Makenzi Collins of Rainbow City

Swoop Sprint 5K Technical Scholarship: Colton Cagle of Attalla

Swoop Sprint 5K Gadsden State Cherokee Scholarship: Alison Bates of Oxford

Swoop Sprint 5K East Broad/Wallace Drive Campuses Scholarship: Connor Williams of Heflin

Swoop Sprint 5K Valley Street Campus Scholarship: Hannah Goosby of Gadsden

Tim and Laura McCartney Career Technical Education Scholarships: Brandon Bamaca of Gadsden, Eduardo Francisco of Gadsden and Lucas Renfrow of Attalla

Tyler Union Workforce Development Scholarships: Ethan Cash of Ohatchee, David Pruitt of Alexandria, Landon Wise of Wellington and Peyton Harris of Oxford

Tyler Union Electrical Technology Scholarship: John Gilbert of Rainbow City

William Thomas Dawson Family Foundation Scholarships: Lucas Renfrow of Attalla and Sydney Parker of Gadsden

See an album of photos from the luncheon

2024 Cardinal Foundation Scholarship Luncheon