By Felicia Farnsworth
Union Springs AG owners Mr. Edwin Lewis and Mrs. Gwen Lewis awarded six graduating senior employees with the Union Springs AG Scholarships. Recipients are: Nitirah Glasco, Martez Lampley, Makiyah Manuel, Jakoyah Patterson, Travonne Perry, and Taniesha Tolliver.
In addition to the first scholarship, two of the six students received a $750.00 scholarship from both the Union Springs AG and Alabama Associated Grocers for outstanding academics. Those recipients are: Taniesha Tolliver and Nitirah Glasco.
Mr. Lewis had this to say, “We’re not just here to sell groceries. We’re here to help prepare our young adults for the future. We want them to take their skills with them into the workforce and we hope that the scholarships help to better their lives.”
Martez Lampley is going to attend Trenholm State Community College where he will study HVAC and Business, “From working at AG I have learned to merchandise and rotate products as well become a better person in life.”
Travonne Perry plans on enrolling in the Army and attending Miles College to become a diesel mechanic. Perry said, “I learned how to carry myself with confidence, how to get along with others, and how to push forward in life no matter what may come my way.”
Taniesha Tolliver will attend Auburn University at Montgomery where she will major in nursing and plans to one day become a Traveling Neonatal Nurse. Tolliver said, “I have accomplished learning how to be friendly to others. I’ve learned how to follow directions and do what is right. I want to thank Mr. Lewis and staff for everything they have done for me and encouraging me to become a better person.”
Jakoyah Patterson will attend Wallace Community College where she will major in Radiology and aspires to become an X-ray Technician. Patterson said, “I have learned self motivation and team work as well has how to be more responsible for my actions.” Nitirah Glasco will attend Alabama State University and will major in Biomedical Engineering and hopes to one day become a Biotechnologist. Glasco said, “I have learned how to work as a team and have better communication skills. I have accomplished a lot of academic goals while working for AG. It’s not just about working here, it’s about life as a whole and being able to work anywhere.”
Makiyah Manuel will be attending AUM and will major in Nursing and hopes to one day be a Pediatric Nurse. Manuel said, “I have learned how to be friendlier to people and to come out of my shell. I have learned to form bonds with people who love and support me and to keep God first in all that I do.”
All of the students agreed that Mr. Lewis has inspired them to be better people, to stay in school, and to keep God first in your life.
Mrs. Lewis stated, “Seeds are sewn into their future, and we see a great future for them.
"We are very grateful to the community for supporting us and providing us with talented and dedicated young people to mentor.”