Article by W. Clay Crook-
The special guest speakers for the March 16, 2021 Lexington Rotary Club were representatives from the Ayers Foundation: Jesse Turner, Angela Marshall, and Recey Williamson.
The Ayers Foundation was created in 1999 to sustain and / or significantly improve the quality of life in Tennessee. This is accomplished through financial support for college scholarships, medical services for children, research into pre-cancer detection and diagnosis, continuing education for teachers and other charitable donations and grants.
The Ayers Foundation Scholars Program (AFSP) is available to all students who attend and graduate from Riverside High School, Scotts Hill School, Perry County High School, or Lexington High School. Of the graduating class of 311 from Henderson County, 100% participated in the AFSP, 98% participated in the Tennessee Promise, and 97% in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Of the 2020 Henderson County graduates, 25% were in a 2-year post-secondary program, 35% were in a 4- year post-secondary program, 17% went to TCAT, and 4% went to the military. About 19% were not enrolled. The AFSP program neither lends nor grants money to other individuals. Students will be required to meet the following criteria:
Students must not have a criminal record involving substance abuse and must remain drug free while in the program.
Students will be required to complete the Ayers Foundation Scholars Program application and twenty hours of community service (five hours per year).
Students and their parents will be required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year that…
For the complete article, see the March 17th edition of The Lexington Progress.