Donation will go to scholarship fund --
As a graduate and teacher at Watertown High School, Patricia Price was a Purple Tiger through and through. At her passing October 23, 2014 at 78 years old, Price indicated in her will that she wanted to leave a $5,000 gift to the school that gave so much to her.
After discussing where the gift might have the most impact, Price's brother, Earl Price, and sister, Margie Price Humphrey, recently opted to make the donation to the Watertown High School Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
The recently established scholarship will be awarded for the first time in May 2015. "Thanks to Patricia's gift, she will create a legacy that will help further Watertown students' education forever," said Becky Taylor, a Watertown High School Scholarship committee member.
Price contracted Paralytic Polio at 15 years old and was hospitalized for six months at Vanderbilt. With remarkable determination, she didn't let her disability slow her down as she continued to pursue her educational goals by graduating from Watertown High School.
Price went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics from Tennessee Technological University in 1958 and a Master of Science degree in Family Living and Child Development from the University of Tennessee in 1967. She taught Vocational Home Economics for 30 years, most of that time at Watertown High School.
"Patricia's students were her inspiration," said Earl Price. "She never had any children, so she saw all of her students as her own. Patricia took great pride in mentoring them, especially those she felt could benefit from the extra encouragement and guidance she could offer."
The Watertown High School Scholarship fund will award scholarships for the first time in May and WHS seniors who have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and a minimum score of 21 on the ACT will be eligible for the scholarships.
Awards will be given to current graduating seniors who plan to attend an accredited institution offering two-or four-year degrees. Involvement in extracurricular and community (volunteer) activities will be considered in the selection process. Applications will be online at CFMT.org/request/scholarships.
"The Community Foundation is honored to continue the legacy of Patricia Price through her legacy gift," said Pat Cole, CFMT Scholarship Coordinator. "It's a great joy to help Watertown High students receive a quality education, made possible by donors who wish to make a difference."
Through supporting the Watertown Scholarship Fund in perpetuity, Price will have an impact on the cause she loved forever. Wilson County residents and Watertown High supporters can make a legacy gift to the Fund by contacting Pat Cole at 615-321-4939 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about legacy gifts, visit CFMT.org/give/create.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 1,050 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 23 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $715 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.