Whitney Sutherland, a graduate of Athens State’s College of Education and a third grade teacher at Rolling Hills Elementary in Huntsville, was one of 16 first-year teachers in Alabama schools have to receive a $1,000 grant for classroom materials and supplies from the Alabama Power Foundation. Sutherland was nominated by the faculty of the College of Education as one of the most promising graduates of 2014.
The Alabama Power Foundation awards more than 1,000 grants annually with non-ratepayer money and has assets of more than $120 million, making it one of the largest corporate foundations in the state. The Alabama Power Foundation has given more than $135 million through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships.
Grant candidates were submitted by the state’s public teacher colleges. Winners were selected by a committee that included education school deans. Each winner graduated from a state-approved teacher program at an Alabama public college or university.
As a student at Athens State, Sutherland was awarded the Outstanding Early Childhood Professional Promise Award, and served as the president of both the Heritage Reading Council and the University chapter of the Alabama Reading Association. She received the Educational Testing Services Recognition of Excellence Award, volunteered at the Tanner Elementary Summer Enrichment Program, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014.