The Marshall County Democratic Club voted unanimously at its January meeting to rename their annual education scholarship awards in memory of Ken Burns of Asbury. Burns was a long-time educator, community supporter and life-long Democrat. He passed away in late December
“Mr. Burns was a strong voice for Democratic policies and very supportive of our scholarship program. We are proud to rename it the 'Ken Burns Memorial Scholarship,'" said club president Susan McKenney.
Applications for the 2019 scholarship award will be available beginning January 31 from Marshall County High School Guidance Counselors, scholarship committee members and via the county Democratic Party’s website at MarshallCountyAlabamaDemocraticParty.com.
Scholarship committee chairwoman Melissa Rice said that all graduating seniors from a Marshall County public high school who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, will attend an accredited vocational or academic two or four-year institution as a full-time student, and are a resident of Marshall County and citizen of the United States are qualified to apply.
Completed scholarship application packages must be submitted by March 1, 2019. A 500-word essay is required.
Last year, the club awarded two $750 scholarships. Recipients were Autumn Williams of Albertville and John R. Brazelton of Arab.
The club also voted unanimously to make a $100 donation to the Asbury Volunteer Fire Department in memory of Burns, who helped establish the department.