Chamber of commerce announces Foy Shaw scholarship

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

The scholarship named in his memory is one of two the chamber of commerce provides to area youth. The other is a Northwest Florida State College-administered endowment.

 “We had been working with the endowment scholarship at the college, so we thought, ‘Why don’t we do another scholarship?’” Scholarship Committee chairperson Pam Meadows said. “Someone suggested naming it for Foy. It was an honor to name the scholarship for him. He was a real patron for so many organizations in our area.”

The Foy Shaw Scholarship is funded by a combination of donations and a “50-50” drawing at the chamber’s monthly breakfasts. Attendees place money in the drawing and the winner splits the total, with half of the funds benefiting the scholarship.

“I don’t think we’ll have any trouble raising the first thousand for the first year, and wouldn’t it be nice if we were able to give two (scholarships) a year?” Meadows said. “I think because it’s the chamber and because it’s Foy, it will be easy to do.”

One of the scholarship’s benefits is that it is not exclusively for students who plan to attend a college or university upon graduating, Meadows said.

“The good thing about this is we’re asking them what kind of institution they want to go to,” she said. “Not every child goes to college. If they want to go to a vocational institution, they will certainly be equally considered.”

“Foy believed very strongly about serving and giving to his community,” the chamber’s scholarship Web page states. “Foy’s contributions and service are still vividly present today and his spirit of generosity will continue with each year’s award of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Foy Shaw Memorial Scholarship.”

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