2015 Athletic Scholarship Recipients
Billy and Margie Schrivner Scholarship
The Jackson Madison County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors sponsors the Billy and Margie Schrivner Scholarship in honor of the couple’s dedication to the organization. Billy is a Hall of Fame inductee and former president and board member. Although retired from the active board, Billy still serves in an advisory capacity. Billy and Margie have demonstrated a passion for the Hall of Fame’s mission over the years and have dedicated countless hours of their time to promote the recognition of sports excellence in Jackson-Madison County.
Julian Curry of North Side High School is the recipient of the Billy and Margie Schrivner Scholarship. Curry excelled on the basketball court for the Indians, winning the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sports Scholar award. With a 3.5 GPA, Curry ranks 22 in his class of 228 and plans to continue his education at Austin Peay State University.
The Jackson Sun/Gannett Foundation Scholarship
The Jackson Sun/Gannett Foundation Scholarship is funded by the Gannett Foundation. The Jackson Sun has a long and rich history of covering and promoting high school sports. The organization considers it a great honor to help further the education of a local high school scholar.
Sierra Robinson of South Side High School is the recipient of the Jackson Sun/Gannett Foundation Scholarship. Robinson shined on the soccer field as a key defensive player for the Lady Hawks, receiving multiple awards for her performance. Robinson plans to continue her education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Morgan Kelley Memorial Award
The Morgan Kelley Memorial Award is presented in memory of Morgan Kelley by her family Mike and Jan Kelley. Morgan graduated from Madison Academic Magnet High School and was a student at Lambuth University. Morgan had a heart defect, and her family wishes to preserve her memory by providing other high school athletes financial assistance for their educational pursuits.
Stephen Anderson of Trinity Christian Academy is the recipient of the Morgan Kelley Memorial Award. Anderson proved himself as a key defensive player for Lions football. Off the field, Anderson was highly involved in community service and active in Boy Scouts. He boasts a 3.7 GPA and plans to continue his education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Morgan Leah McCarty Memorial Scholarship
The Morgan Leah McCarty Memorial Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization funding college scholarships to local student athletes. The foundation was established in September 2006 in loving memory of Morgan Leah McCarty. Morgan was a junior at UT Knoxville when she was hit and fatally injured by a hit-and-run driver. Morgan’s legacy will be to help students complete their college education.
Austin Brewer of Trinity Christian Academy is the recipient of the Morgan Leah McCarty Memorial Scholarship. Brewer excelled on the softball field and basketball court for the Lady Lions and was actively involved in National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Young Life. With a 3.5 GPA, Brewer plans to study medicine at the University of Mississippi.
R. Bradley Hancock Award
The R. Bradley Hancock Award is given by the Board of Directors of the Hall of Fame annually as a memorial to former board member Brad Hancock. Brad’s legacy is a testament to his life and the good works he did. He was instrumental in starting the scholarship foundation, so it is only fitting that an award bears his name.
Georgia Hopkins of Jackson Christian is the recipient of the R. Bradley Hancock Award. Hopkins shined on the soccer field and basketball court for the Lady Eagles, receiving multiple honors and awards for her athletic performance. With a 3.3 GPA, Hopkins will attend Union University to continue her soccer career and pursue a degree in athletic training.
Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Scholar Athlete Award
The Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Scholar Athlete Award honors an athlete who has excelled in their athletic endeavors, as well as scholastic achievements, while a Jackson-Madison County student. This athlete is recommended by guidance counselors and coaches. Funding is possible due to a grant provided by Dr. Keith Nord and the staff from the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Clinic.
Allie Hill of Madison Academic High School is the recipient of the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Scholar Athlete Award. Hill was a star cross country runner for the Mustangs, finishing in the top five multiple times. With a 4.0 GPA, Hill is ranked first in her class of 98 students and received the Rhodes Presidential Scholarship to continue her education at Rhodes College.
Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Athlete Awards
The Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Athlete Awards honor three athletes who have excelled in their athletic endeavors and other extracurricular activities while a Jackson-Madison County student. These athletes are recommended by guidance counselors and coaches. Funding is possible due to a grant provided by Dr. Keith Nord and the staff from the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine Clinic.
Trey Chrystak of Liberty Technology Magnet High School is a recipient of the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine scholarship. Chrystak excelled on the football and soccer fields and ran track for the Crusaders. Off the field, he has been involved in DECA, Beta Club, and Skills USA. Chrystak holds a 3.7 GPA and plans to attend Austin Peay University to study chemical engineering.
Gabriel Garneau of Sacred Heart of Jesus High School is a recipient of the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine scholarship. Garneau was a valuable member of the varsity tennis and soccer teams and has been active in Eagle Scouts. With a 4.5 GPA, Garneau has excelled academically and plans to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at Union University. Upon completing a master’s program, he hopes to join the military to serve his community and country.
Hollen Spencer of the University School of Jackson is a recipient of the Sports, Orthopedics and Spine scholarship. Spencer was an all-around athlete, playing football, basketball and tennis for the Bruins. Off the court, Spencer was a member of National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Key Service Club, and Spanish Club. Spencer boasts a 4.25 GPA and plans to continue his education at the University of Arkansas to study international business.
Richard Ross Scholarship
The Richard Ross Scholarship honors the memory of the late Richard Ross, who was a Hall of Fame inductee in 1993. He was the head football coach at Jackson High School and Jackson Central-Merry High School from 1966 to 1985. He passed away in 1993 after a long battle with cancer. The scholarship was established shortly after to help athletes with their college costs.
Chase Harris of the University School of Jackson is the recipient of the Richard Ross Scholarship. Harris was an award-winning golfer for the Bruins, garnering two Jackson Sun Male Golfer of the Year honors and multiple tournament wins. Boasting a 3.96 GPA, Harris plans to continue his education and golf career at the University of Memphis.
Solus Performance Training Award
The Solus Performance Training Award is funded by the SOLUS Foundation for Fitness and Well Being. The foundation is dedicated to preparing and educating children and young adults through physical activity, proper training techniques, and basic fundamentals to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Jesse Williamson of South Side High School is the recipient of the Solus Performance Training Award. Williamson excelled on the football field for the Hawks. Off the field, he was a member of the Art and Science Club, Junior Rotarian, and Beta Club and volunteered at nursing homes, the Soup Kitchen, YMCA, and the Humane Society. Williamson will begin his college career at Jackson State Community College with plans to become a pharmacist.
Van and Louise Thompson Scholarship
The Van and Louise Thompson Scholarship honors the memory of Van and Louise Thompson. Van is a Hall of Fame inductee and a former Jackson High School multi-athlete star. He played tailback on two National Championship teams at the University of Tennessee in the late 30s and early 40s, when the Volunteers went to the Orange, Rose, and Sugar Bowls. Louise is also a UT graduate and taught school in Jackson for over 25 years.
Tydarius Tyson of Jackson Central-Merry Academy of Medical Technology is the recipient of the Van and Louis Thompson Scholarship. Tyson was an all-star athlete for the Cougar as a member of the football, basketball, and track teams. Off the field and court, Tyson was selected to Boys State and led his class as an officer. With a 3.25 GPA, Tyson plans to continue his academic career at Middle Tennessee State University.