Chamber of commerce announces Foy Shaw scholarship

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The Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a $1,000 scholarship named in memory of local business and civic leader Foy Shaw Jr.

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Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The memory of Foy Shaw, the late former mayor and one of the founders of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce, lives on with an educational scholarship named for the community leader.

Area high school seniors planning to further their studies after graduation may apply for the new $1,000 Foy Shaw Memorial Scholarship.

Shaw, who was passionate about educating area youth, helped establish a Crestview campus for present-day Northwest Florida State College. He served on the college’s scholarship foundation in the 1980s.

“He helped raise a lot of funds for scholarships,” Shaw’s son Craig, who today operates his father’s business, said. “The chamber scholarship is something he would’ve approved of highly to help kids get educated.”

A respected member of the Crestview business community since the 1950s, Foy Shaw founded Shaw Moving & Storage to meet a growing Eglin Air Force Base’s needs.

In 1956, he helped establish the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce. Past chamber President Mike Roy called Shaw “the father of the chamber.”

In 1963, Shaw was elected to the Crestview City Council, serving 11 years before becoming mayor in 1975.

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