A new scholarship aims to honor a late Forsyth County educator and support high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in teaching.
The Tammy Waddell Memorial Scholarship is open to students from all Forsyth County high schools. Applicants must plan to major in education in college and pursue a career in teaching as well as hold a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. The recipient gets $2,000.
Tammy Waddell spent 30 years working as a paraprofessional and elementary school teacher with Forsyth County Schools. Waddell died on June 9 at 58 years old, but her funeral request for bookbags full of school supplies became a viral sensation.
“This scholarship has been set up in her memory,” the application says, “to provide assistance to a deserving Forsyth County senior planning to attend college and major in education, giving back to our community through the same commitment modeled by Mrs. Waddell.”
It’s the first scholarship from the Forsyth County Education Foundation, an entity created by the Forsyth County Board of Education in 2015 to “unify resources not ordinarily provided by the district’s operating budget that foster innovation for increased student achievement.”
The foundation has since awarded more than $180,000 in grants to local schools, according to Hannah Samples, communications and partnerships facilitator with the school district.
The deadline for scholarship applications is April 12.