Area graduates receive WoodmenLife scholarships

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OMAHA, Neb. – A number of local high school graduates were recently awarded WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarships®. The students, who are all WoodmenLife members, submitted applications highlighting their high school grades, activities and volunteerism, as well as an essay on patriotism.

This year’s $500 scholarship recipients are: 

Sarah Johnson (Huntsville) Blake Denson (Houston) Grace Benefield (Hokes Bluff) Nora Pettry (Guntersville)
Lindsey Fowler


Kirsten Shumate (Calera) Savanna Derrick (Cullman) Jule Anna Byars (Guin)
Halle Wellborn

(Town Creek)

Trevor Thomas (Horton) Eli Underwood (Muscle Shoals) Alex Kimbrough


Bre Oglesby


Emma Hubbert (Russellville) Mallory Smith (Sylvania) Alexandria Oliver (Jasper)
Bryant Hubbert (Russellville) Carter Latham (Eva) Ross Tolbert (Calera) Erica Couch (Hengar)
Makayla Ash


Taylor Graham (Sulligent) Katelyn Taylor (Hartselle) Danny Brown (Hueytown)
Merrill Ann Culverhouse (Opp) Michael Vollmer (Enterprise) Tyler Baxter (Brewton) Payton Baxter (Brewton)
Heidi Arnold


Anna Watson (Evergreen) Caitlin Krejci (Frisco City) Catherine Johnson (McKenzie)
Michael Johnson (McKenzie) Chloe Smith (Brewton) Morgan Boldin (Jackson) Gage Whigham (Millry)
Hali Everett


Hunter Matthews (Mobile) Callyn Falkenberry (Camden) Faith Carrier (Andalusia)
Abigail McCullough (McKenzie) Caleb Rogers (Greenville) Mac Baxter (Brewton)  


“These youth embody all that WoodmenLife stands for,” said WoodmenLife President & CEO, Patrick L. Dees. “We are honored to provide these scholarships to help our deserving young members further their education and realize their dreams.”

The WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship program is just one of the benefits the organization offers its members. A person becomes a member when they purchase a WoodmenLife life insurance or retirement product. 

Since the organization started the scholarship program in 2017, it has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to nearly 4,000 students who are pursuing their education at trade schools, colleges or universities. This year, WoodmenLife will award 497 scholarships ranging from $500 to $25,000.