Five Titans earn scholarships through Shallow Ford Foundation

Published 12:04 am Thursday, June 13, 2024

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CLEMMONS — Five West Forsyth High School students received scholarship awards from the Shallow Ford Foundation this year. Each scholarship honors an individual who had a positive impact on West Forsyth High School and is the result of generous contributions from individuals and organizations. Each application was reviewed by a team of community volunteers and finalists were interviewed in person.

“Congratulations to all these students for their hard-earned accomplishments and for the success that surely will come their way in the future,” Foundation Board Chair Bob Sipprell said. We also want to thank the many donors that made these scholarships possible and all the volunteers who read applications and held face-to-face interviews with our finalists.”

Caman Chaplin

Caman was awarded the Coach Murph Scholarship in the amount of $3,000. Caman will attend Fayetteville State University as a student-athlete and is considering majors in engineering, business administration and accounting. The award is given each year to a student-athlete who demonstrates the same qualities as Coach Murph: good character, hard work, leadership, and the ability to overcome challenges while a leader on the field of play, in the classroom, and the community.

Kendall Pridgen

Kendall was awarded The Timothy M. Dunn Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 and the Thad and Mary Bingham Education Award of $2,500. Kendall will attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and plans to major in psychology or social work.

Tim Dunn passed away in 2022 at age 31. Tim’s tremendous influence inspired everyone who knew him — from his wrestling teams at WFHS and college to his professional clients and colleagues.

Thad and Mary Bingham were long-time Clemmons residents who loved their community, family and Clemmons United Methodist Church. They generously gave back in a variety of meaningful ways, including the establishment of the Thad and Mary Bingham Fund with the Shallow Ford Foundation, which has supported many community initiatives and programs.

Ben Valliere

Ben was awarded the Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. He will attend the University of Texas at Austin, planning to double major in music education and music performance on the trombone. Made possible by local philanthropist and Rotarian John Stewart, this award celebrates the importance of music, regardless of vocation, and its influence on creativity in all aspects of life. This scholarship was established to honor Rebecca and Danny Green, two dedicated music educators.

Justin Sommerville

Justin was awarded The Mason H. Hunter Vocational Educational Scholarship of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $2,000 and The Leslie Martin Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Justin will attend High Point University to major in computer engineering, studying cybersecurity, entrepreneurship and game design.

The Mason H. Hunter Vocational Educational Scholarship honors the life of Mason H. Hunter, who passed away unexpectedly in March 2018 at the age of 17. This scholarship results from community support from the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce, the Wayne Shore Endowment, the Hunter family, and countless individuals.

Made possible by the John Stewart Scholarship Fund, The Leslie Martin Scholarship is given to students who were active in Interact or were a CTE Concentrator and honors Leslie Martin the Interact Coordinator for many years.

Brian Gomez

Brian was also awarded The Leslie Martin Scholarship award in the amount of $2,500. He will attend North Carolina State University in the fall to study computer engineering.