Jacob Summers, a recent graduate of Smith County High School, received the Tennessee Credit Union/ Lite Rock 95.9/ 106-9 Kicks Country Dream Big Scholarship Thursday Night.
This $1,500 scholarship awarded during the June 1st ceremony at Del Monaco Winery goes toward the recipients’ secondary education. Also recognized at the Thursday ceremony were the 11 other Dream Big Scholars for their academic success and work in the community.
The Dream Big award honors outstanding work in the classroom, leadership in school groups and organizations, achievement in extra curricular activities as well as work in the community. One student from an Upper Cumberland high school wins the award each month. The scholarship is chosen by a panel to decide which student best embodies these qualities.
Summers intends to enroll to the University of Tennessee in the fall with a major in Biology.
“My brother passed away of a heart defect and I hope to keep people like him alive,” Summers told Lite Rock’s Sheila Scruggs in an interview after the award.
Summer’s academic success in high school led him to intern for the Aspirnaut program at Vanderbilt in 2016, introducing him to research for his upcoming field of study.
“You have no idea how much this means to me.” Summers said.
In addition to Summers, Sarah Graham of Cookeville High School and Dylan Parrott of Pickett County High School each received a $500 scholarship to further their education.
This is the fourth year for the Dream Big Scholar Program.
The Tennessee Credit Union has offices in middle and east Tennessee, including 1281 South Walnut Avenue in Cookeville. For 65 years, The Tennessee Credit Union has been helping members achieve their financial goals with products and services designed to exceed their expectations.
Stonecom owns and operates Lite Rock 95.9, 106-9 Kicks Country, Rock 93-7, and Cookeville’s News Talk 94.1/AM 1600.
Listen to Sheila Scruggs’ interview with the recipients: