AHS Scholarship Foundation presents second award for 2023-24

Published 9:15 am Monday, August 14, 2023

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The Andalusia High School Scholarship Foundation has awarded a second college scholarship for the 2023-2024 school term.

The four-year scholarship, named in honor of the Class of 1948, was awarded to Aidan Vines.

He will join current recipients Dawson Kennedy, a rising senior at Auburn University, Chelsea Baldwin, a rising junior at Troy University, Soniyah Chambers, a rising sophomore at the University of Alabama, Cooper Taylor, a rising sophomore at Auburn University, and Aubree Caldwell, an incoming freshman at Auburn University.

After the annual Foundation Board meeting in late April, several members of the board executive committee began evaluating the Foundation’s methods of supporting AHS students with the Class of 1948 Scholarship.

A recent generous contribution from Mr. Warren Culpepper (class of 1960) enhanced the Foundation’s ability to fund its endeavors.

Knowing the ever-increasing cost of higher education, a proposal was made to increase the number and amount of yearly scholarships. After the approval from the board, the plan was adopted.

The amount awarded for each scholarship ia $10,000 and covers most tuition for in-state universities. The goal is to award two four-year scholarships per year.

Prior to receiving the AHSSF award, Aidan had already enrolled at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He completed orientation on June 8-9.

Aiden had visited schools in Wisconsin and Kansas as well as LSU and Mercer. He visited UAH for the first time about a year and a half ago and just felt that it was a great fit.

Aidan is enrolled in the Honors College at UAH and plans to major in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working at PowerSouth this summer to offset some of the costs of school.

He is the son of Daniel Vines and Alicia Vines.

The Andalusia High School Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1993 by the Class of 1948.

Over the past 30 years, the Foundation has awarded 32 college scholarships and 22 summer study abroad fellowships to Andalusia High School graduates.