John E. Hunt Memorial Scholarship awarded to Cullman’s Cort Chandler

Cort Chandler (left) with Ryan Hunt (middle) and Elizabeth Hunt (right) at the Cullman County Auburn Club’s Freshman Sendoff in July. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Hunt)

CULLMAN, Ala. – A little more than a year after the passing of longtime Cullman Parks & Recreation Director John Hunt, the first ever John E. Hunt Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a local student at Auburn University. Cort Chandler, a Cullman High School graduate and a Finance & Marketing Double Major at Auburn University, was this year’s scholarship recipient. John’s wife Elizabeth was happy to see the scholarship awarded to a student John watched play in Cullman’s Park & Rec. leagues and is appreciative of all the support her family has received from the community. She also gave an update on the Inaugural John E. Hunt Golf Tournament coming up later in August.

“We were honored to award John’s scholarship to Cort. John and I have known his family for years and watched Cort grow up and playing in City Parks and Recreation baseball league,” Hunt said. “The Hunt family is thankful, honored and have been blessed through family, friends and community support by donations to his scholarship fund at Auburn University for a Cullman County resident to continue their education.

So many friends and community leaders and contacts have shared their memories of John with me, what he meant to them personally as a friend, mentor and community leader and to the City of Cullman. John would feel humbled and grateful of the sentiments that people have shared and spoke of him and his contributions to the city, the community and lives he touched. Listening to people share their story with me and our family makes my heart happy.

The golf tournament is going well as far as the number of golf teams that have registered. Golfers can register the day of the tournament as well. We will offer first and second place winners. A chance to win a car from Mitch Smith and door prizes donated by local business and friends. Opportunities are still available to be a hole sponsor as well.”

The proceeds from the tournament will go towards each year’s scholarship fund and this year’s event is set for August 28 at Cross Creek Golf Course in Cullman. If you’re looking for more information about the tournament or want to register, you can contact Lauren Hunt Peek at or call 256-595-3771.

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