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Sullivan Central grad at ETSU wins $10,000 Woodmen scholarship

Rick Wagner • May 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A 2017 Sullivan Central High School graduate and freshman at East Tennessee State University has received a $10,000 scholarship from WoodmenLife of Northeast Tennessee.

Luke Fox has received the regions’ first WoodmanLife Focus Forward Scholarship. Fox, a WoodmenLife member with his family, submitted an application highlighting his high school academics, activities and volunteerism, as well as an essay on patriotism. He received an oversized check during Tuesday night’s Sullivan County Board of Education meeting.

“I’m just really grateful that Woodmen was willing to honor me and help me out in my educational pursuits,” said Fox, 19. He said the scholarship will give him $5,000 this fall and another $5,000 next spring. 

The son of Jeffery and Lisa Fox of Piney Flats, Luke played mellophone and French horn in Sullivan Central’s band and marching band, and at ETSU he is in the college marching band and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also volunteers as a middle school football coach and in his church. He is majoring in political science and said he is not sure about his career after school. He and his family are members of WoodmenLife Chapter 1150.

“Luke was chosen as a recipient of this scholarship because of his dedication to excellence in academics and community involvement,” WoodmenLife President and CEO Patrick L. Dees said in a written statement. “WoodmenLIfe is thrilled to be able to recognize that achievement and help Luke realize his dream of furthering his education with one of our most prestigious scholarships.”

The Forward Scholarship program is part of the organization’s membership benefits. The program awards up to $1 million annually to members to further their education in a two-year or four-year college, university or technical school. This year, WoodmenLife is awarding about 975 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000. The group will be giving out scholarships of $500 to $1,000 in local high schools in coming weeks.

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