2017 Scholarship Winners

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the
2017 Sam Bomar Memorial Scholarship Awards
(a fund of West Tennessee Healthcare)

2017 $1000 Scholarship Winners

Haleigh Smith

Haleigh Smith
Madison Academic High School

Haleigh Smith, a student at Madison Academic High School, is the daughter of Penny Lane and Keith Smith, and is the recipient of a $1000 scholarship. Haleigh plans to attend Bethel University and major in criminal justice. After graduation, she would like to join the Army or the FBI. Haleigh is an active 4-H member and has served on the Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota helping the community with gardening and building houses, as well as working on local 4-H projects. She has also volunteered at the Smoky Mountain Children's Home in Pigeon Forge, and she volunteers weekly at the Three-Way Animal Rescue. Haleigh is a member of the band and the soccer team.

Zachary West

Zachary West
University School of Jackson

Zachary West, a student at University School of Jackson, is also a recipient of a $1000 award. He is the son of Cynthia and Henry West. He plans to attend Morehouse College and major in political science with a goal of becoming an attorney and ultimately entering politics to effectuate positive change in the world. Zachary has a leadership role in USJ's SBA, received an outstanding achievement award in band, and was voted most spirited in his senior class. He has also received numerous community leadership awards and has participated in many service projects with organizations such as RIFA, Top Teens of America, Inc., Keep America Beautiful, March of Dimes, and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Zachary was The Links, Inc., 40th Beautillion's 2016 Mr. Entrepreneur
and Mr. Beau.



Sam Bomar Memorial Scholarship in memory of Judy Pennel - $1000

Logan Taylor

Logan Taylor, a student at Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, has received a $1000 award in memory of Judy Pennel. Logan was selected to receive this award by Judy's daughter, Carrie Prewitt, one of Logan's teachers. Logan is the son of Michael and Debra Taylor and plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University.


Madison Academic High Scout Eagle Scout Merit Award - $250

Eric Archer
Hayes Binkley
Jesse Buckley
Maddox McKnight

Sam's PortraitOur community still mourns the loss of Sam Bomar, the much loved son of Hugh and Rayna Bomar, who died on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Sam was a senior at Madison Academic High School, where he would have graduated with honors. He had been accepted at University of Tennessee Knoxville, which was his dream. "He loved everyone. He would never judge you because of anything. He was just an amazing person," said Emily Kathryn Springer. His friends said they could tell stories all day about Sam, saying he was fun to be around and could make anyone laugh. Sam was an Eagle Scout, a baseball player, and was involved in theater and debate at Madison Academic High School. Cullen Sanderson, one of Sam's closest friends, said "He always liked to have fun and be in the middle of a conversation and his smile would brighten anybody's day and his humor would just throw you out of proportion."

Sam's youth leaders at Fellowship Bible Church said he always challenged them and was very secure in his beliefs and his relationship with Jesus Christ. Sam was a student leader with Fellowship Student Ministries and a volunteer counselor at Lakeshore United Methodist Camp.

Sam's legacy is being remembered locally in many special ways. The Sam Bomar Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation and will assist local students with furthering their education. Our very special fundraising event will take place in June and all proceeds will benefit this scholarship fund.



RIP Sam Bomar.. you will never be forgotten

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