We were excited to welcome more than 100 people to our 2017 Scholarship Reception held in honor of our new and returning scholarship recipients!
At the age of seven, Diego Pascual began a new life in the U.S. He had to learn English, adjust to a new culture, and begin school in a new place. Today, Diego begins his third year in college as a transfer student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying biomedical sciences.
Dr. Kim Ennis has a burning passion for helping others succeed. As the current interim president of Bevill State Community College, she has proven that with the support of others and a quest for knowledge, you can overcome adversity.
Walker College Foundation has awarded transfer scholarships to five scholars who have completed their associate in science or art degree from Bevill State Community College - Walker College Campus. Jonathan Sargent, Diego Pascual, Kayla Key, Lynsie Taylor, and Josie Walker will continue their higher education goals at four-year universities this fall.
Our Spring 2017 Volume 4 newsletter is in the mail! Please take a moment to read about the great accomplishments of the WCF Scholars. If you would like to receive a copy of this or future newsletters, please contact us with your mailing information. You can also view a digital version under the newsletter button on the left side of the home page or find us on Facebook at walkercollegefoundation. We look forward to hearing from you!
Walker College Foundation has scheduled the 2018 trip to Australia and New Zealand for October 6-23, 2018. The 15-day trip begins in Melbourne and ends in Auckland, New Zealand.
Jonathan Sargent, recipient of the Larry Drummond Scholarship, was selected as a member of the 2017 National Coca-Cola Community College Silver Academic Team and the 2017 All-Alabama Community College Academic Team.
Students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have spent the past few months organizing a campaign for the Walker College Foundation (WCF) in Jasper.
2015-17 Scholars graduate from Bevill State-Walker College Campus
As a proud partner of the Read Alabama: The Tradition Continues program, we are excited to share the schedule for the 2017 season with you. The program is free to the public and provides a rare opportunity for students and community members to meet and spend time with published Alabama authors. Sessions begin at 4 p.m. with an opening reception at 3:30 p.m. in Mathews Lecture Hall - Wade Math & Science Building - Bevill State Community College - Walker College Campus.
WCF Scholars Diego Pascual and Jonathan Sargent were recently chosen by faculty and staff to represent the Walker College Campus at the 2017 All Alabama/All USA Academic Competition.
The Walker College Foundation (WCF) recently announced the establishment of the Dr. Jack L. Mott Endowed Scholarship Fund. Jack passed away on May 29, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He will be missed.
The Walker College Foundation (WCF) awarded $236,000 in scholarship funds for the 2016-17 school year and held a reception to honor new and returning scholars and their families.
Dr. David Jack Rowland, former Walker College president and an active member of the Jasper community for more than 60 years, was honored recently by having a bridge on Interstate 22 named in his honor.
WCF scholars Josie Walker, Jonathan Sargent, Trenton Burton, Lynsie Taylor, Brittany Cagle, Molli Clark, Diego Pascual, and Savannah Freeman were recently selected by Bevill State to join the National Student Leadership Society. The Society provides leadership training and scholarship opportunities, and membership is for life.
We are excited to announce that our Fall 2016 Volume 3 newsletter is in the mail! If you would like to receive a copy of this or future newsletters, please contact us with your mailing information. You can also view a digital version under the newsletter button on the left side of the home page or find us on Facebook at walkercollegefoundation. We look forward to hearing from you!
Join us in Fall 2017 for our Alumni and Friends trip to Peru and Machu Picchu - September 28-October 8, 2017. The trip also offers a three-day extension to the Amazon and is open to anyone who is interested in traveling. Visit www.hollytrawickperu.grouptoursite.com for a full itinerary and enrollment details.
Announcing our Summer 2017 Alumni and Friends overseas trip to Scotland on June 15-24, 2017. For fans of the Outlander series, single-malt Scotch, world-famous golf, or ancestry research, this trip is for you! Visit www.hollytrawick.grouptoursite.com for a full itinerary and enrollment details.
The Walker College Foundation proudly announces the establishment of the Dr. David Jack and Mary Ellen Rowland Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. The new scholarship fund is comprised of gifts from the Rowland family, community members, and the Walker College Foundation trustees, and will benefit students attending the Walker College Campus of Bevill State Community College.
Read Alabama: The Tradition Continues featured Alabama author Jerry Armour on Tuesday, March 1st. The audience was treated to a fascinating story as Armour presented the history behind the Home for Wayward Boys. Read Alabama is in its 23rd year and is a great partnership between Bevill State Community College and Walker College Foundation, Inc., Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, NewSouth Books, Walker County Arts Alliance, and Jasper Main Street.
Join us on Tuesday, March 15th as we partner with Bevill State to bring Liz Huntley to Jasper, Alabama. Liz is a prominent Birmingham attorney whose story is an inspiration. She is a tremendous speaker and we are excited to feature her as our last Read Alabama of 2016.
The Walker College Foundation and Jasper Main Street hosted Canadian singer/songwriter Kenny Munshaw at the end of January 2016 for our second Downtown Stages. The event was held in Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant and had a crowd of around 75 listeners. The night was also a celebration of Tallulah Bankhead's birthday and the audience sang "Happy Birthday to Tallulah" as the night came to a close. Stay tuned for the announcement of our next Downtown Stages in Downtown Jasper!
Read Alabama: The Tradition Continues hosted Alabama author Matt Doss in front of a great crowd of fans and reading enthusiasts on Tuesday, February 16th. Read Alabama is in its 23rd year and is a great partnership between Bevill State Community College and Walker College Foundation, Inc., Alabama Power Company, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, NewSouth Books, Walker County Arts Alliance, and Jasper Main Street.
The 2016 Read Alabama: The Tradition Continues program will present four new authors beginning February 2, 2016. The program, in its 23rd year, continues a partnership between Bevill State Community College, Walker College Foundation, The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, Alabama Power Company, Walker County Arts Alliance, Jasper Downtown, and New South Books. Each program begins at 4 p.m. with a reception at 3:30 p.m. and is free to the public.
Several of our scholars volunteered to decorate a Walker College Foundation tree for the Festival of Lights celebration in downtown Jasper. The tree was purchased and donation by Son's Supermarket and was decorated in traditional Walker College blue and white colors. Many of the ornaments are hand decorated by the students and the blue lights used in the tree are very visible at night. Thank you to these students and Son's Supermarket!
We were thrilled to host Birmingham-based Sojourns Fair Trade Store at a holiday open house in November. Sojourns sells fair trade gifts hand made by people who live in the poorest areas of the world. The fair trade industry helps those individuals support themselves by providing them with the means to sell their products. Sojourns donated 10% of their sales to the WCF Scholarship fund. It was great to be part of an event that supported people who need our help locally and across the world.
We are so proud of our 2015-16 Scholars' Society for choosing the Salvation Army as their community service project for the Fall semester. The students collected toys for the Christmas Toy Drop and took them by the Salvation Army after their last lunch meeting. SA Director Stephanie Holcomb gave the students a tour of the facility and talked to them about the importance of the Salvation Army and the support it provides to our community.
The Walker College Foundation and Jasper Downtown hosted Nashville singer/songwriter Anne E. DeChant and acclaimed author Frye Gaillard in December for our first Downtown Stages. The event was held in Bare Bones Cargo to a great crowd of enthusiastic listeners. The singing event is hoped to be the first of more events held in locations around downtown Jasper to bring entertainment opportunities to the area and highlight our great downtown. Downtown Jasper is a new member of Main Street Alabama.
We are excited to announce that our first newsletter - Fall 2015 Volume 1 - is in the mail! If you would like to receive a copy of this or future newsletters, please contact us with your mailing information. We look forward to hearing from you!
Walker College alumnus, Dr. Luke Dollar, was selected as a 2015 Outstanding Alumni for the American Association of Community Colleges in April 2015. This article is part of a series profiling winners of the 2015 Award, which was presented April 21, 2015, at the annual American Association of Community Colleges convention in San Antonio, Texas. We are incredibly proud of Luke and his accomplishments!
Over the years, the Walker College Foundation has provided a multitude of scholarships for students to attend Bevill State Community College, and the number of financial aid awarded continues to grow. This year, the foundation awarded $200,000 in scholarships for both incoming freshman and returning students.
Dr. David Rowland, the pioneer of Walker College, was recently honored for his contributions to downtown Jasper and Walker County. He was recognized by his peers, friends and family at the Bankhead House and Heritage Center on June 30, 2015.
The Walker College Foundation is pleased to introduce our new Alumni and Friends Travel Program with two trips overseas in 2016. The trips are open to any community member who enjoys traveling and are organized by Education First’s Go Ahead Tours.
The Walker College Foundation recently held an open house to highlight their newly renovated office and the beginning of a Walker College history collection..
Join us on our first Alumni and Friends Walker College Foundation trip abroad! We have officially booked our spot for April 7, 2016 to Paris, Venice, Ljubljana and Vienna with an optional extension to Prague. We are looking forward to traveling with you!
The Walker College Foundation is partnering with Bevill State Community College to present READ Alabama! The Tradition Continues 2015! This author/scholar-led literary program features Alabama writers and their published works.
In an effort to grow and have more of an impact throughout the community, the foundation recently hired Holly Trawick as its executive director. Trawick worked at BSCC for approximately 13 years and has been heavily involved for a number of years in local charities and nonprofit organizations.
The Walker College Foundation is collecting historical photos, news articles and memorabilia from the former Walker College to create a historical library and book. If you have items you would like to contribute, please contact us to be a part of this exciting commemoration.