Watertown will have a new, state-of-the-art high school for the 2014-2015 academic year, and efforts are underway to launch an endowed college scholarship for graduating seniors to go along with it.
“A group of WHS graduates and community supporters have been working together for several weeks to launch a program to sell bricks that will be inscribed as the donor directs and placed in the walls of the rotunda at the new Watertown High School,” said Keith Harrison, chairman of the WHS Scholarship Fund Committee.
WHS Principal Jeff Luttrell said he is “very excited about this project. This has the potential to raise a substantial sum of money, ensuring an ongoing scholarship for future graduates. We’ve already received some donations, and many more have asked about supporting the brick program and scholarship fund.”
A brick may be purchased for a donation of $100 or more by alumni, friends of WHS, businesses and organizations.
The bricks can be engraved with the donor’s name and graduation year. People who are not alumni can still buy a brick and have it engraved with their names and “Friend of WHS” or some other description.
Bricks may also be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one. Bricks will include two lines with up to 18 characters per line, including spaces and punctuation.
“We will soon be unveiling our brochure, website and Facebook page, where the community can get information on buying their ‘piece of history’,” said Harrison.
The rotunda where the bricks will be displayed will be called the “Purple Tiger Passage” in keeping with the school’s colors, mascot and history.
The Purple Tiger Passage will be not only a passageway into the school, but also will represent the passage of students through their high school years and beyond.
Donations to the WHS Scholarship Fund will be tax-deductible.
A volunteer committee will oversee the fund.
Current committee members are the following individuals: Paulette Dorris, class of 1967; Julie Harrison, class of 1987; Keith Harrison, class of 1980; Lounita Howard, publisher of The Watertown Gazette; Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, class of 1978; Jean Jennings, Watertown resident and longtime supporter of education; Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings, class of 1972; WHS Principal Jeff Luttrell; Julie Robinson, class of 1992; Becky Taylor, class of 1962; Robin Vance, class of 1987; and Linda Vantrease, class of 1988.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a 501c3 nonprofit that manages many benevolent funds, will manage the fund and select recipients annually based on criteria established by the WHS Scholarship Fund Committee.
Further details on the scholarship fund will be released in early August.