On May 14, our new 2019 recipients of $1500 scholarships were welcomed by the Taylor Haugen Foundation Board of Directors. The scholarship selection committee chose the winners from a pool of highly qualified Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Bay and Walton county seniors. Each applicant was evaluated on the basis of their academics, athletics, leadership, community service and Christian faith.
This year was the first year we awarded a scholarship in Bay County. It is endowed by the St Joe Community Foundation. Two students from Niceville High and one from Baker won our Okaloosa county scholarships. One of the Okaloosa scholarships is endowed by the Parisot family. The foundation also awarded a scholarship for a Walton county student from Seacoast Collegiate.
Samantha Accola was our Walton County winner. She lives in Santa Rosa Beach and attends Seacoast Collegiate High School and her parents are Jim and Suzy Accola. As a student at Seacoast Collegiate, she was involved in volleyball, lacrosse, National Honor Society, FCA while being active in her church and maintaining high academic performance. She plans to attend Belmont University and Major in songwriting and global leadership.
Olivia Hurley was our Parisot scholarship winner from Okaloosa County. She lives in Baker and her parents are Victoria and Drew Hurley. As a student at Baker, she was involved on the volleyball team, Track, Basketball, Weightlifting, National Honor Society, Student Government and FCA while being a dual enrollment student maintaining a perfect GPA. She plans to attend University of North Florida and major in Pre Med.
Riley Kirby was our Santa Rosa County scholarship. She lives in Milton and her parents are Christal McNeal and Benjamin Kirby. As a student at Milton High School, she played on the volleyball, soccer and lacrosse teams as well as being involved in Student Government, National Honor Society and FCA. She plans to attend University of Alabama Huntsville College and major in Aerospace Engineering while playing for the lacrosse team.
Madalyn Kish was our Niceville scholarship winner. She lives in Santa Rosa Beach and her parents are Alex and Diana Kish. As a student at Niceville, she was on the track team while being active in Young Republicans, National Honor Society and FCA while being involved in her church and maintaining excellent academics. She is planning to attend Mississippi State University and major in Civil Engineering.
Thomas Risalvato was our first Bay county scholarship winner endowed by St Joe Foundation. He lives in Panama City Beach and his parents are Sarah and Thomas Risalvato. As a student at Arnold High School, he played football and baseball while being involved in National Honor Society, FCA and his church youth group. He plans to attend Florida Polytechnic University and major in engineering.
Wesley Shackelford was also an Okaloosa county scholarship winner. He lives in Destin and his parents are Fletcher and Gayle Shackelford. As a student at Niceville High School, he played tennis while being involved in Science National Honor Society, FCA and National Honor Society. He plans to attend University of Georgia and major in finance and management information systems.