Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin, who currently serves Athens State University as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, congratulated these students on their achievements. “I’m proud to honor our 2016 scholarship recipients today,” said Mauldin.
Mauldin explained that his father, the late Edward F. Mauldin, never graduated from college, but was a lifelong learner who deeply appreciated the value of the college experience. Mauldin added that his father, a successful banker and career farmer, always believed that any exposure to college was better than none at all.
The Edward Fennel Mauldin Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Bank Independent and the Mauldin family in honor of the late Mr. Mauldin, and is awarded to first-generation college students who are residents and graduates of high schools in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, or Morgan counties. Each recipient can be awarded up to $5,000 for an academic year.
Tubbs will graduate in December with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and hopes to teach in the Colbert County school system. Aldridge, who transferred to Athens State from Calhoun Community College, is pursuing a degree in Collaborative Teaching/Special Education for grades six through twelve. Both students praised the faculty and staff of Athens State for the quality of education they have received, the relationships they’ve developed, and the flexibility the school provides.
“The great education program at Athens State won me over,” said Tubbs, who commutes to Athens from the Shoals in addition to attending classes online. “Plus, I work full-time in an internship program and they are great to work with my schedule. My internship is unpaid, so the Mauldin scholarship has been a blessing.”
Athens State’s education program is widely recognized as one of the best in Alabama, and produces more teachers than any other program in the state, according to Dr. Bob Glenn, President of the university. “Teaching is one of the most important professions,” said Glenn as he congratulated the scholarship recipients. “You’re the guardians of our future. The children you teach are the message we send to a time we will not see.”
Mauldin presented Tubbs and Aldridge with a special gift from Bank Independent and congratulated them again on their accomplishments.
“To whom much is given much is expected,” said Mauldin. “Your responsibility is to pay it forward at every opportunity. We’re all in this together.”