The remaining months of this year’s high school senior year proved to be more than disappointing and frustrating for the thousands of students who were not able to participate in a real graduation ceremony, due to COVID-19.
Many families and communities turned their attention to overwhelmingly supportive parades and outside celebrations. As seniors found a way to battle through this, they also were busy wrapping up AP exams, national testing, and working on college admission and scholarship applications.
This year’s turnout and fierce competition for the L. Keith Wood Memorial Scholarship proved to be beyond impressive. The ALTA Foundation poured through dozens of applications from some incredibly smart, talented, and hard-working high school seniors but could only choose eight award recipients. Each winner will receive $2,500 from the college scholarship program. The funds were donated to the foundation by the estate of past ALTA president and chairman L. Keith Wood. This year’s recipients are as follows:
- Benjamin Barre, Marietta – Blessed Trinity Catholic HS – Georgia Tech
- Spencer D. Brown, Suwanee – Lambert High School – University of Georgia
- Kaitlyn Chalker, Kennesaw – Rivers Academy – Washington & Lee University
- Dara Grocer, Dunwoody – Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School – Elon University
- Will Hawkins, Atlanta – Greater Atlanta Christian – University of Georgia
- Caroline Lowenstein, Duluth – Greater Atlanta Christian – University of Virginia
- Jaxon Robert, Cumming – Lambert High School – Virginia Tech
- Ansley Wunderlich, Roswell – Centennial High School – University of Michigan
To be considered for this award, applicants must have played in an ALTA Juniors League or on the Junior Challenge Ladder for at least one year. Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients!