FUND ESTABLISHED - Fulton Independent School recently received funds for a significant endowment that will fund scholarships for graduates of FIS, as well as providing some funding that can help current faculty and staff members complete degrees and certifications that will help the district continue to secure and retain quality professionals for the education of the district’s students.
The fund was established anonymously earlier this academic year with initial donations of over $360,000 and a commitment to grow that fund over the next three years. The scholarship will eventually bear the name of the one who it seeks to honor – a former FIS educator – but at this time has been named the Fulton Educators Scholarship.
The first recipient of the scholarship is Class of 2016 graduate Mariah Davis. She is the daughter of Tammy Sawisch and has attended Fulton Independent her entire high school career. She has been a member of the Bulldog cheer squad, the academic team, Beta Club, student council, Y-Club, and the choir and drama department of FIS.
Davis represented the school as a member of the Murray State AIMS program, the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy, Honors Choir at UT-Martin, and Quad State Music Festival at Murray State. She has been a class officer for 3 years, including being senior class secretary, while also being honored by her peers at Homecoming Queen this year.
The FIS 2016 honor graduate has also been an active member of the Wingo Old Cumberland Presbyterian Church youth group throughout her teenage years, also serving as part of a mission team to McDowell County, West Virginia, and a camp counselor for the Covenant Presbytery’s junior and junior high camps.
The Fulton Educators Scholarship is a four-year renewable award that will aid Davis in her future plans that include attending either WKCTC or UT-Martin and majoring in criminal justice, eventually desiring to enter the police academy and becoming a detective.
The entire Fulton Independent system will benefit from the continuing education dollars provided by the earnings, which are being utilized to help three FIS faculty members add additional certifications to their certificates – in secondary mathematics, middle school social studies, and radio and TV production – as well as a staff member who is pursuing initial certification in special education and middle school math.