Apply now for the Donna C. McCullough Chamber Scholarship

Published 12:46 pm Thursday, February 8, 2024

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The Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the Donna C. McCullough Chamber Scholarship to be awarded in June 2024.  This scholarship will assist the recipient in meeting expenses for advanced education in full or part-time study in a college, technical/trade school, or their equivalent.

Presented since 1995, the scholarship is awarded to a high school senior and honors Donna C. McCullough, who served the Chamber as Executive Director from 1976–2004. 

The Chamber of Commerce supports educational attainment in the Franklin-Southampton Area.  This scholarship recognizes an area student for exemplary involvement and service to the community.  Selection criteria include a minimum GPA of 2.50, community involvement, leadership & extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, employment, etc., and academic achievement.  A major emphasis for selection is placed on community involvement.  Applicants also respond to the question, “What issue poses the greatest challenge for improving the quality of life in the Franklin-Southampton community, and how would you propose to tackle and resolve this issue/problem?” 

Applications are now available at each area’s high school guidance office or online at The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2024.

The 2024 scholarship award will mark the 30th year of support.  In the previous 29 years of this program, 35 scholarships have been awarded.  

Past recipients include: Amanda Drake in 1995, Tabitha Waite in 1996, Thomas Coffelt and Anrae Gurganus in 1997, Dustin Lanier in 1998, Sahar Jamal and  Kevin Sprong in 1999, Brandon Story in 2000, April Bulls in 2001, Chelsea Butterfield in 2002, Amanda Wright in 2003, Jenny Lankford in 2004, Griffin Powell in 2005, Jonathan Caulder in 2006, Lauren Childress and Sarah Milteer in 2007, Kylee Ponder in 2008, Ben Devore in 2009, Erin Spivey and Jacob Pittman in 2010, Michael Milteer in 2011, Savannah Francis in 2012 Kristen Cooke in 2013, Trey Cofield in 2014,  Jena Araojo in 2015,  Ann Jackson Edwards and Marissa Haydu in 2016, Brittany Bunn in 2017, Haleigh Andrew and Nyjey Pope in 2018, Anthony Ona in 2019, Abbey Balance in 2020, Alexis Clapp in 2021, Emma Belmonte in 2022 and Madi Brown in 2023.