Lee Announces Cannon Scholars

Monday, December 9, 2013 - by Jillian Ellis, Lee University
Ashley Sederquist
Ashley Sederquist

Lee University students Ashley Sederquist and Lindsey Teague were named this year's recipients of the Sheila Hyde Cannon Scholarship, awarded annually in memory of the late Sheila Hyde Cannon, a local educator and Lee alumna. 

Ms. Sederquist is a senior education major from Clearwater, Fla., and Ms. Teague, also a senior education major, is from Cleveland. 

"I am humbled to receive this scholarship," said Ms. Sederquist. "I know Mrs. Cannon dedicated her life to education, and I hope to live up to her memory."

Mrs. Cannon, a 1972 graduate of Lee, was a respected public school teacher and administrator for more than 30 years. She served as an English teacher and assistant principal at Cleveland Middle School before becoming principal at Arnold Elementary. Her last position in the school system was as a teacher at Cleveland High School.

Mrs. Cannon also worked in the Christian Education Department of South Cleveland Church of God for more than 30 years. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa educational sorority.

Shortly after her death in 2002, family members, friends and professional colleagues joined to honor her memory and her work by establishing the Sheila Hyde Cannon Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lee. The fund is designed to provide financial assistance to deserving education students.

"Sheila was a passionate middle grades educator and administrator, was respected among her peers and was an inspiration to others," said Dr. Ashley Smith, director of Teacher Education and Field Experiences at Lee and a former colleague of Mrs. Cannon's. "She held students accountable for their actions but was always fair and compassionate. Her compassion was especially evident when underprivileged students were involved."

Recipients are chosen based on input from the administration of Lee's Helen DeVos College of Education. Priority is given to full-time education majors, with major consideration being given to the potential academic performance and financial need of each applicant. 

Recipients will receive the scholarship each year until they graduate as long as they meet the criteria.

"I am thankful for scholarships like this," said Ms. Teague. "Without them, it would be a struggle for me to afford college." 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Sheila Hyde Cannon Memorial Scholarship may send contributions to Lee University, University Relations, P.O. Box 3450, Cleveland, Tenn., 37320.

Lindsey Teague
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