This year the Gadsden Sportsman’s Club has been able to increase the number of scholarships it gives out. Currently, the club is able to award nine Etowah County scholarships to Gadsden State Community College.
“We recently received an anonymous donation of $20,000,” club chairman Tim Carter said. “This, added to the money we have already raised, allows us to award nine scholarships with an annual value of $3,000 each, to be split over two semesters.”
This year’s recipients were honored at the club’s Super Bowl party. They are Lori Barnes, Peyton Brown, Samuel Clark, Emma Guthrie, Alania McKiven, Brock Stewart, Drake Stewart, Dakota Smith and Kennedy Williams.
The Gadsden Sportsman’s Club was started “in the mid-1980s”, according to Carter, as a way for members to provide scholarships to GSCC students. Carter began working with the club over 12 years ago and says he continues to “step up” and step up his efforts every year.
“Our biggest activity each year is fundraising for our scholarships. When I started we only offered two scholarships, but over time we were able to increase the amount we could offer,” he said. “We have small fundraisers every year with t-shirt and sticker sales.”
Carter said the club holds several events each year to raise funds. One is selling Boston butts or roast pork shoulders to the community. The club also earns a bit of money from its annual Iron Bowl party and also receives additional donations from the community.
“One of our members also owns the Redneck Yacht Club and we couldn’t ask for anything better,” Carter said. . Last year we raised $1,752, to give you an idea of the impact of this fundraiser.
To apply for a club scholarship, students must complete an application that includes letters of recommendation from their counselors or teachers, and a personal essay explaining why they need the scholarship money.
“We award the scholarships through a needs-based system,” Carter said. “We spread the word about the scholarship mainly by word of mouth, contacting schools and students who might need to know. We want to know why you need help instead of just handing it out…”.
From there, the Club Members of the Scholarship Committee, a group of three to five members, will discuss each request and determine who needs the scholarship money the most.
“We try to choose the most deserving student who is most in need, which is what makes this scholarship so important,” Carter said.
Students interested in applying for these scholarships can contact any of the club members to receive an application.