Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., presented education student Callie S. Hill with the 2016 Arthur Thompson Scholarship on Saturday, Oct. 17. The announcement was made during the Homecoming President’s Pre-Game Rally.
The Budweiser Arthur Thompson Scholarship fund was created in 1987 to honor Arthur Thompson’s dedication and commitment to the community and to FAMU. Thompson, who worked for Tri-Eagle Sales for 33 years, retired in 1996. The scholarship is a $2,500 award for Big Bend area FAMU students only.
The Big Bend area includes Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Liberty, Wakulla, Taylor, Lafayette, and Franklin counties.
Hill, who is a native of Quincy, Fla., said she was searching for scholarships she could apply for in general when she first learned about the Arthur Thompson Scholarship. After contemplating her chances, she decided to give it a shot.
“I thought, ‘Well I’ll never know unless I give it a try,’ so I reached out to one of my professors for a reference letter,” Hill said.
Arthur Thompson, the scholarship’s namesake, said he started the scholarship program in order to help others further their education and was appreciative that Tri-Eagle Sales was willing to support his idea.
“Supporting this scholarship makes me feel real good, like I’ve done something to help,” Thompson said.
Scholarship applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, prior to receiving the award. The scholarship is effective January 2016 and covers two semesters. All of the applicants are screened prior to selection of the recipient. Each recipient is eligible for this scholarship on a one-time basis.
Hill said she was ecstatic when she received notification that she was chosen as the winner by the scholarship selection committee.
“When I found out I won, I felt like I had gotten a call from Publisher’s Clearing House. I was very grateful and happy to receive it,” Hill said.
After completing her degree Hill plans to become a teacher in Leon County and provide for her family.
Thompson says he looks forward to the positive returns past and future winners will potentially make to society.
“I hope they will return to make a contribution and give back to help someone else as we have helped them. I would like to see that happen,” Thompson said.