4/14/2008 - First scholarship honoring professor's Wilson, Williams awarded to future students
The First Annual George C. Williams and Thomas H. Wilson Science Merit Scholarship was awarded to two future students during Judson Colleges’ Alumnae Association Business Meeting held in Ramsay-McCrummen Chapel on Saturday, April 5.
Jordan Barlow of Vancleave, Miss. and Alise Hughey of Greensboro, Ala. were both chosen as recipients of the award by the George C. Williams and Thomas H. Wilson Society, which is comprised of Judson alumnae. Barlow and Hughey will be full-time students of the college in the upcoming fall semester.
The award was established as a tribute to Judson College’s Chemistry professor Dr. George Williams and Biology professor Dr. Thomas Wilson, both of whom have taught at the college for more than 30 years. The monetary award to each student totaled $3,340, the equivalent of board charges.
“In 2006, the George C. Williams and Thomas H. Wilson Society was formed by Judson graduates,” said Dr. Robin Tate Hall (’78), society member who presented the award during the meeting. “We were all former science students at Judson who believed that Dr’s. Wilson and Williams had influenced us in some way. So, we established a scholarship fund in their honor.”
According to Hall, there were 15-20 applicants considered for the award, all promising science majors with high GPA’s and ACT scores. Each applicant was asked to write an essay, which was then read by several members of the society, Judson Scholarship Committee members, and Wilson and Williams.
“Alise (Hughey) understands the purpose and rewards of caring for sick and needy people,” Wilson said. “She has a keen interest in biology which will guide her as she prepares for a career in medicine. Likewise, Jordan (Barlow) understands the advantages of attending a small college with an outstanding history of student success. She will thrive in the Christian environment where students work together and where she will be recognized for her talents and for her fine attitude toward learning.”
Hughey is the daughter of Timothy Hughey and BeLisa Edgar. She attends Southern Academy in Greensboro where she held positions as SGA Vice President, yearbook and school newspaper editor and junior class president. She is a National Honor Society member, Scribbler’s Club member and in the youth group at Greensboro Baptist. She first heard about Judson from her aunt, Donna Huey, who works in the college’s bookstore. She plans to major in pre-medicine, with a goal of becoming a surgeon.
“I’m very honored to have been chosen for this scholarship,” Hughey said. “I feel it’s a privilege to have been chosen by the Society and Dr’s. Wilson and Williams for this award.”
Barlow is the daughter of John Barlow and Julianna Jackson. She attends Vancleave High School in Vancleave, Miss where she is a member of the Student Council, Junior Civitans and Fellowship of Christian Students and Athletes. She is a National Honor Society member and a member of First Baptist Church Gautier, where she is in the youth group and choir. Barlow has been an athlete all throughout high school and is Captain of the Varsity Soccer team. She has won numerous academic honors and plans to major in Chemistry at Judson, with hopes of becoming a pharmacist.
“I definitely feel honored to have been chosen,” Barlow said. “I’m looking forward to my experience at Judson. I appreciate all that the representatives in the Admission’s and Financial Aid Office have done for me. There were so many people involved in helping me to decide to come to Judson. Knowing how much everyone here cares was influential in my decision.”
Both Barlow and Hughey previously won full-tuition and housing scholarships to Judson. Scholarship committee members for the George C. Williams and Thomas H. Wilson Society include: Dr’s. Hall, Judith K. Favor (’83), Caroline Anderson Reich (’82), and Cynthia McCaleb Gore (’73).
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Admissions Office.