Florida Southern College honors Hazel Haley Scholars at luncheon
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2005) — The Hazel Haley Scholars Honor Luncheon Oct. 7 at the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club honored the first four recipients of the Hazel Haley Scholarship. The students were greeted by members of the fund’s steering committee; Dr. Anne B. Kerr, president of FSC; and guest of honor, Miss Hazel Haley. The students, who were joined by family members, shared news of their educational experiences and future plans.
The Hazel Haley Scholarship Fund was created by a group of Lakeland High School graduates and friends of Florida Southern College to honor the beloved English teacher, a 1937 graduate of Florida Southern and the longest-serving teacher in Florida. Haley has received many awards in recognition of her 67 years of teaching and has been featured on national television, in London newspapers, and in numerous publications in the United States. She was inducted into the Polk County Schools Hall of Fame in 1997, received the Hollis Award for Community Service, and was awarded FSC’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2001.
G.F. “Sunny” Zimmermann III, chairman of the luncheon said, “The experience of being immersed in Hazel Haley’s presence, her encouragement, her passion for life and living, especially for young people, has been the springboard for so many of us.”
Hazel Haley scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship for four years toward education at Florida Southern College. Candidates must be graduates of Lakeland High School, meet admission standards at FSC, qualify for financial aid, be students of ability and good character who show promise of future worth to society, and are given preference if they plan to major in English and to teach.
Current scholars are Kristin Houk, a senior majoring in education; Leah Howell, a junior majoring in education; Diane Green, a sophomore majoring in education; and Jessica McCarty, a freshman majoring in English. Each year, as one scholar graduates another scholar will be chosen. The committee’s goal is to raise funds from within the community, and from FSC and LHS alumni, to provide for even more scholarships each year.
The fund’s steering committee includes Barney Barnett, LHS class of ’61 and FSC class of ’65; Buddy Fletcher, LHS class of ’51; David Lyons, LHS class of ’48; Bert Rodgers, LHS class of ’49 and FSC class of ’55; Streamline Sale, LHS class of ’49; Bob Stanley, FSC class of ’51; Sunny Zimmermann, LHS class of ’61 and FSC class of ’65; and Dr. William Hatten of Florida Southern College.
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