Local Girls Inc. Teen 1 Of 13 Awarded $20,000

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga member Hadessah O'Neal has been selected as a 2018 scholarship winner in the Girls Inc. National Scholar Program. A senior at Ooltewah High School, she is among 13 young women around the nation to be awarded a $20,000 college scholarship and is the most recent of five Girls Inc. National Scholars to come out of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga in the last four years. Others include Jasmine Pulliam, now at University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Diamond Jones, University of Memphis, both $20,000 winners, Terri Wright, now attending Spelman College and Alexis Eaton, now at Wofford College, were $5,000 winners and Sakinah Rashid was one of ten middle school scholars nationwide awarded $500 last year.  

In addition, Ms. O'Neal has been early admitted to the University of Chicago as a recipient of the QuestBridge Scholarship. QuestBridge's College Match Scholarship recipients are granted admission to one of QuestBridge's partner colleges with a full, four-year scholarship worth over $200,000.The scholarship is offered as part of a generous financial aid package provided by the QuestBridge college partner that covers the cost of attendance, including: 
Tuition and fees
Room and board
Books and supplies
Travel expenses

The Girls Inc. National Scholars Program selects outstanding young women for exemplifying the Girls Inc. mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Recipients are role models for other girls who demonstrate a commitment to achieving academically and serving their communities. Ms. O'Neal was also chosen last year to be one of nine chosen nationally to serve as a member of the Girls Action Network. The Girls Action Network has collaborated with the new Girls Inc. Policy Advisory Group to advise the national Girls Inc. Public Policy team on the development and advancement of the Girls Inc. policy agenda, assist with advocacy, outreach and public education efforts to implement that agenda.  

"Every year that I have worked with the teens in the National Scholarship program, I've been nothing short of amazed" said Jaleesa Brumfield, Girls Inc. Teen Program coordinator, who works closely with the girls on their applications. "The girls work so hard to win these very competitive scholarships and Dessah's essay on the season of her life tugged at the heart strings of the scholarship panel. I can't find the right words to express how proud I am of her resilience; she is so deserving of this scholarship! Dessah's ultimate goal in life is to become an attorney and I'm confident that this won't be the last time we hear her name."  

Ms. O'Neal said of her selections  "I'm so grateful for everything that Girls Inc. has given me over the years. Girls Inc. is so much more than just a scholarship or an after-school activity, it's the place where I learned how to embrace the person that I am, the place where I have been supported by so many amazing people who have taught me so many amazing lessons. I wouldn't be the person that I am without the influence of Girls Inc." 

"I've had so many strong female mentors over the years that have inspired me to be more outgoing, more loving, more hardworking. All of this is thanks to Girls Inc. Of course, I am grateful for the scholarship, but even more so than that, I am grateful for the experiences that Girls Inc. has given me."

This year, Girls Inc. awarded 19 high school girls with scholarships for educational expenses at any accredited college or university, from a competitive pool of national applicants. Of the 19 recipients, Ms. O'Neal is one of 1 of 13 to receive the $20,000 award.

The Girls Inc. Lucile Miller Wright Scholarship program was created in 1992, when the female pilot and long-time supporter gave a bequest for scholarships for young women. Since 1993, more than $5.9 million in scholarships have made post-secondary education more accessible to over 781 high school women and has inspired them to succeed in school and consider a broad range of career possibilities. 

   




Street Survival School For Young Drivers Offered Oct. 20

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all 15- to 20-year-olds in the U.S.  With that in mind, the Chattanooga Region of the Sports Car Club of America is partnering with Tire Rack.com to offer a Street Survival program for young drivers. The course will be offered Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  The Tire Rack Street Survival school ... (click for more)

Hxson High School Alumni Association Hosts Annual Homecoming Tailgate

The Hixson High School Alumni Association will be hosting their annual homecoming tailgate cookout this Friday from 5:30-7 p.m.   All alumni, current and former faculty are invited to attend.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soft drinks will be served. "The meal is free, but we welcome donations to the scholarship fund. This year our tailgate is in honor of ... (click for more)

Farrow, Waldens Are Newest Lead Donors For Medal Of Honor Heritage Center Capital Campaign

Officials of the Medal of Honor Heritage Center on Tuesday announced the center has reached a major milestone in its agreement with River City Company to build the new Heritage Center at the former Visitors Center building in the Aquarium Plaza.  This milestone, to raise more than $3 million by the end of 2018, was made possible, in part, by a $250,000 gift from Farrow Family ... (click for more)

2 Bank Tellers Say They Are Positive Walter Rice Was Gunman Who Robbed Hixson Branch

Two tellers from the Hixson branch of the Bank of America testified Tuesday they are positive that Walter Frank Rice is the individual who robbed them at gunpoint last July 25. General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom bound a bank robbery charge against Rice, 36, of 4734 Sabrina Lane, Hixson, to the Grand Jury. She raised his bond on the bank robbery charge to $250,000, calling ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 2018 Ig Nobel Awards

The word ‘ignobel’ is rarely used because only a few among us know that it means "characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness." About 30 years ago, a glorious group of great scholars took a literary hatchet to form the word into ‘ig nobel’ so it could be placed in the dictionary as a term that means “a satirical social criticism that identifies absurd research.” Think of ... (click for more)