2015 Scholarship Recipients
Kayla Jackson, Trey LaNasa, Harley Meyer & Andrew Smith
On April 17, the Taylor Haugen Board of Directors officially welcomed our newest recipient of $1500 scholarships. The scholarship selection committee chose the winners from a pool of highly qualified Okaloosa and Walton county seniors. Each applicant was evaluated on the basis of their academics, athletics, leadership, community service and Christian faith.
One award was made to a Niceville High student and two to Okaloosa county students. One of the scholarships is endowed by the Parisot family. The foundation also awarded a scholarship for a Walton county student.
Kayla Jackson was our first Walton county scholarship winner. She lives in DeFuniak Springs and her parents are Mitchell and Cynthia Jackson. As a student at Walton High, she was involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, volleyball, basketball, softball, and Anchor Club. She plans to attend University of West Florida and Major in pre-pharmacy.
Trey LaNasa was our scholarship winner from Ft Walton Beach High School. He lives in Miramar Beach and his parents are Terry and Anthony LaNasa. He graduated Summa Cum Laude. As a student at FWBHS, he was involved in cross country, track, a Wendy’s Heisman National Finalist, tennis, FCA, Student Government, and is an Eagle Scout. He plans to attend University of Florida and major in Industrial Engineering.
Harley Meyer was our Niceville High School scholarship winner. He lives in Niceville and his parents are Grant and Amy Meyer. As a student at Niceville, he was active in football, wrestling, weightlifting, FCA, and the Youth Corps. He plans to attend Northwest Florida State College and major in Exercise Science.
Andrew Smith was our first Choctaw scholarship winner and recipient of the scholarship endowed by the Parisot family. He lives in Ft Walton Beach and his parents are Douglas and Martha Smith. He received an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and graduated Summa Cum Laude. As a student at Choctaw we was active in the band, soccer, cross-country, FCA, Beta Club, National Honor society. He is planning to attend University of Florida and major in Mechanical Engineering.
2014 Scholarship Recipients
Kerri Andre, Charles Foy, Alayna Nixon
On April 18, the Taylor Haugen Foundation Board of Directors officially recognized our newest recipients of our $1500 scholarships. The scholarship selection committee chose the winners from a pool of highly qualified Okaloosa county seniors. Each applicant was evaluated on the basis of their academics, athletics, leadership, community service and Christian faith. One award was made to a Niceville High student and two to Okaloosa county students. One of the scholarships is endowed by the Parisot family. The foundation also announced that in 2015 they will add a scholarship for a Walton county student.
The Niceville winner is Alayna Nixon and the two Okaloosa county-wide winners are Charles Foy, also from Niceville High, and Kerri Andre, from Ft Walton Beach High School.
Kerri Andre, valedictorian of Ft Walton Beach High, is the recipient of the county-wide scholarship endowed by the Parisot family. She plans to attend University of Georgia and study biochemistry. While at Ft Walton Beach High School, Kerri played on the Varsity Soccer team. She held many leadership roles in campus organizations including Beta Club, Student Government, Link Crew, National Honor Society and FCA. She was very active in her home parish youth group. Her parents are Kathy and Terence Andre of Destin.
Charles Foy, an honor student at Niceville High, is also a recipient of the county-wide scholarship. He plans to attend University of West Florida and study environmental science. He is an Eagle Scout and active in community service at his local parish, Holy Name of Jesus. He participated in football, swimming and the track team at the school. While at Niceville High School, he was active in Student government, Leadership, National Honor society, FCA and was a Yell Leader his senior year. His parents are David and Mary Foy of Niceville.
Alayna Nixon is the Niceville High School recipient. Alayna will be attending University of Florida and plans to major in Elementary Education. While at Niceville High School, Alayna played on the golf team. She was active in many school organizations serving in key leadership roles in many of them including FCA, Taylor Haugen Youth Corps, Key Club and Student Government. She is also very involved at her church in the children’s programs at Niceville United Methodist Church. Her parents are Chris and LaVina Nixon.
2013 Scholarship Recipients
Jason O’Dowd, Christy Allen, Rachel Mosley
The Taylor Haugen Foundation is happy to announce the winners of the 2013 Scholarships. These scholarship winners were selected on their combined performance in athletics, community service, Christian faith and leadership. These scholarships are given each spring in memory of Taylor Haugen. One award is made to a Niceville High senior and another to an Okaloosa county student. A third scholarship was begun this year for an Okaloosa county student endowed by the Parisot family.
The Niceville High recipient is Jason O’Dowd. Jason will be attending the University of Florida and plans to study Sports Management. While at Niceville, he played both football and Basketball. He was active in many school, church and community organizations including the Taylor Haugen Youth Corps. His parents are Brendon and Joan O’Dowd.
The Okaloosa county winner is Christy Allen, a senior from Rocky Bsyou Christian School. Christy will be attending the Air Force Academy in the fall. While at RBCS, she played volleyball, tennis, cross country and soccer. She was active in many organizations through her school, church and community. Her parents are Mike and Gail Cooper.
The winner of the Parisot family scholarship is Rachel Mosley, a senior at Rocky Bayou Christian School. Rachel plans to attend Bryan College this fall. She played volleyball, softball, and basketball while St RBCS. Her activities included school, community and church organizations. Her parents are Michael and Juliana Mosley.
2012 Scholarship Recipients
Kathryn Stone, Christian Vardaman
The Taylor Haugen Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 Scholarship winners who were recognized at their Senior Awards Days. The Foundation awards two scholarships each year for $1500 – one to a Niceville High student and one to a student at any Okaloosa high school. The scholarship recipient must demonstrate a balance between academics, athleticism, leadership, community service and Christian faith.
From Ft Walton Beach High School, the county winner was Katherine Stone. Her mother is Cyndi Stone of Ft Walton Beach. She is attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Materials Engineering student. From Niceville High School, the winner was Christian Vardaman. His parents are David and Linda Vardaman of Niceville. He is attending Louisiana State University as a Business student.
2011 Scholarship Recipients
Julia Denney & Taylor Nixon
The Taylor Haugen Foundation is proud to announce that the 2011 Taylor Haugen Scholarship recipients are Julia Denney from Rocky Bayou Christian School and Taylor Nixon, representing Niceville High School.
Julia is an honor student at Rocky Bayou Christian School where she excels in volleyball and academics. She plans to study prosthetics at St. Petersburg College. Her parents are Mark and Pam Denney.
Taylor Nixon, an honor student at Niceville High School, excels in leadership, academics and wrestling. He plans to study chemical engineering and pre-med at the University of Florida in the fall. His parents are Chris and Lavina Nixon.
“I am very proud of the scholarship winners and all of the applicants this year,” said Kathy Haugen, Taylor Haugen’s mom. “They all have bright futures ahead of them and it is always hard to just pick two, but I know that Julia and Taylor will continue in their successes and uphold the values of the foundation as they pursue their college careers. “T” would be proud of the quality and character of his graduating class of 2011.”
The Taylor Haugen scholarships are offered in the memory of Taylor Reid Haugen, Class of 2011. Taylor was a member of the Niceville Eagles Football and Wrestling Teams as well as being an honor student at Niceville High School. He was comfortably expressive about his faith in God and showed it through his commitment to volunteer work in his church and community.
Scholarship nominees must be graduating seniors at an Okaloosa county high school who participate in a high school sport while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. They must also demonstrate active participation in community service and show dedication to their Christian faith.
“I salute all of the 22 applicants,” noted Brian Haugen. “Their values and testimonies were powerful and moving, it’s a shame we are only able to chose two. In reading Julia and Taylor’s essay’s, there was no dry eye. These kids have been through some serious trials in their young lives, yet they have come out of it with positive attitudes and strong faith. With kids like this, it makes me feel confident in our country’s future.”
Since 2009, the Taylor Haugen Foundation has awarded six scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to area athletes who best demonstrates a similar balance between academics, athleticism, leadership, community service and Christian faith. The Foundation recognizes those well-rounded individuals who demonstrate the perseverance to improve themselves in all aspects of their life while enjoying God’s gifts to the fullest.
For more information on the Taylor Haugen scholarship recipients, contact Heather Kilbey, scholarship chairperson, at 850-585-5071 or Melissa Mowrey, Executive Director, at 850-485-0658.
The Taylor Haugen Foundation provides support and recognition to faith-based, athletic students and community organizations through awards, scholarships and funding. The Foundation serves to recognize the following attributes and character traits: Christian faith, athletics, community service, academics and leadership.Read Their Winning Essays Here
2010 Scholarship Recipients
Emily Bennett & Lindsay Foy
The Taylor Haugen Foundation presents The 2010 Taylor Scholarship winners Emily Bennett and Lindsay Foy. The scholarships recognize individuals who balance a high level of achievement in athletics, commitment to community service, demonstrated leadership and motivate others with their faith.
Emily Bennett is a Senior at Choctaw High School with a 4.68 GPA where she serves as class President and will receive an IB diploma. She is planning to attend Auburn University and major in Political Science. She has been a member of both the JV and Varsity volleyball team for 4 years, serving as team captain and receiving “Most Valuable Player” both her junior and senior years. She was an honorable mention for two years to the All-Area Volleyball team. She has also played varsity tennis and track.
She is very active in her church, Beachside Community Church, serving on several mission trips to West Virginia and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico as well as volunteering as a mentor to younger students here at home. She is the daughter of Robert and Anne Bennett of Ft Walton Beach.
scholarship2010pic1 Lindsay Foy is a Senior at Niceville High School with a 4.06 GPA where she serves as SGA President. She is planning to attend University of Central Florida and major in Exceptional Student Education. She has been a member of both the JV and Varsity soccer team for 4 years, and receiving “Golden Boot” (most goals) two of those years. She also plays on a competitive soccer team competing nationally.
Lindsay is very involved in school service organizations and served as a mentor at freshman orientation. She is very active in her church, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church working with children in various roles. She is the daughter of David and Mary Foy of Niceville.
2009 Scholarship Recipients
Krista Schumacher, Jesse Quick, David Hill
Three Okaloosa County high school seniors awarded $1500 college scholarships
Valparaiso, Fla. (June 3, 2009) –The winning students were selected based on a balance of five different criteria: academics, athletics, community service, leadership and Christian faith. Applicants were required to be graduating seniors with a weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher who were involved in high school athletics and community service. The scholarship may only be applied towards an accredited four-year college. A committee of five members, two from the community and three from the Taylor Haugen Foundation made the selection..
“Jesse, Krista and David are all exceptional young people and we feel that they exemplify the same qualities that were so special in Taylor,” commented Heather Kilbey, scholarship committee chairman for the Taylor Haugen Foundation. “They are all outstanding students—academically and through their involvement in sports and the community. We are honored to have all three of them represent the Taylor Haugen Foundation and are excited to watch their futures unfold.