2012 Scholarships

The Board of Directors of ACFA established the ACFA – Helen Brothers/Beth Harris Memorial Scholarship to be awarded on an annual basis beginning with the year 2005 and each year thereafter to a qualified applicant who is affiliated with the Alabama Consumer Finance Association as an employee of a Regular or Associate Member company, or who is a child or grandchild of an employee of a Regular or Associate Member company. In 2012, the Board has approved the additional award of the Helen Brothers/Beth Harris Memorial Scholarship to honor the late wife of ACFA Vice-President Richard Harris.

ACFA has awarded (12) scholarships since 2006 and in 2012 the Awards Committee recommended and the Board of Directors approved (6) additional scholarships for a grand total of (18) to date. The following our 2013 scholarship winners.

The 2012 winners are:

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Amber Beach – daughter of Rick Beach – Southern Management/Covington Credit of Alabama

  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Fair Play, South Carolina – Age 18
  • Graduated in 2012 from West-Oak High in Westminster, SC with 4.25 GPA
  • Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders
  • Student Council 09-12 grades and Class President
  • Rotary-Interact – 09-12 grades
  • National Honor Society – 10 – 12 grades- Secretary
  • Student Advisory Council – 11 – 12 grades – School Representative
  • Track – Cross Country 09 – 11 grades (Track MVP – 10 and Coach’s Pick – 11)
  • TO ATTEND: University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC – Major in Broadcast Journalism

HELEN BROTHERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

The scholarship is established as a memorial to Helen Brothers, the deceased wife of Glenn Brothers, the first President of ACFA and a Life Time Member of the Association. For in excess of 40 years, Helen was a strong supporter of Glenn and the consumer finance industry. Helen served as Executive Secretary of the Southern Company of Birmingham and in 1998 was awarded the “Most Enthusiast Golfer” by the Executive Women’s Golf Association. Helen was an ambassador for Alabama and the US in her travels all over the world. Helen and Glenn had two daughters – Lea and Angie and were the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

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Hope Duann Benefield – daughter of Duann Benefield – Pioneer Credit Company – Fort Payne

  • Ider, Alabama – Age 18
  • Graduated from Ider High School – Ider, Alabama in 2012 with 3.00 GPA
  • Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders
  • Volunteer in Tornado Relief – 2011
  • Volunteer – Coach Recreation League – Basketball Team – 2011
  • Member of the All Tournament Basketball Team representing DeKalb County – 09 – 12 grades
  • Member of the All Tournament Basketball Team representing Sand Mountain – 09 – 12 grades
  • Summer intern for Pioneer Credit – Fort Payne – 09 – 12 grades
  • TO ATTEND: Wallace State Community College–Hanceville, Alabama–Major in Youth Disability Therapy

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Katelyn Suzanne Partain – daughter of Brent Partain – United Motor Club – Paducah, KY

  • Vinemont, Alabama – Age 17
  • Graduated from Vinemont High School in Vinemont, Alabama in 2012 with 4.24 GPA
  • Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders
  • Project Manager for UAH/NASA Inspiress – Space Exploration Mission Design – 2011
  • Band – Color Guard, Majorette, Flute – President and Captain
  • Student Government Association – Secretary, Chaplain Service – 10 – 12 grades
  • National Honor Society – Secretary and Vice President – 10 – 12 grades
  • Alabama Girls State – Delegate – Leadership Study – 2011
  • Summer work – McDonald’s – Cullman
  • TO ATTEND: University of North Alabama – Florence – Major in Business

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Alyssa Elizabeth Ward – daughter of Randy Ward – Regional Management Corporation – Mauldin, SC

  • Riceville, Tennessee – Age 17
  • Graduated from Family Christian Academy – Old Hickory, Tennessee in 2013 (dual enrollment) with a GPA 4.00
  • Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders
  • Science Award – freshman, sophomore, and junior years
  • Volunteer tutor to others in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology
  • Developed and produced martial arts self defense seminar for high schools students
  • TO ATTEND: Cleveland Community State College (start in fall of 2012) and then University of Tennessee – Major in Science with emphasis on pharmaceutical research and development.

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Matthew Coy Westbury – son of Rick Beach – Southern Management – Greenville, South Carolina

  • Fair Play, South Carolina – Age 18
  • Graduated from West – Oak High School, Westminster, SC in 2012 with GPA of 3.80
  • Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders
  • Student Council – 09 – 12 grades – Class President
  • All Region Track and Country – 08 – 11 grades
  • All Region – All State – 2011 State Team Champions – Wrestling
  • Individual Wrestling – 08 – 12 grades – 3rd in State 2011 and 2nd in State 2012
  • Freestyle Wrestling – 2011 Tennessee State Champion – Awarded State Championship Belt
  • Held summer jobs in the construction industry and currently works at Hollisters as a floor model.
  • TO ATTEND: Coastal Carolina College – Myrtle Beach, SC – Major in Health Science and Physical Therapy.

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Gaven Dunnam – son of Darryl Dunnam – Manager of ACA Financial Services – Ozark, Alabama

  • Cowarts, Alabama – Age 18
  • Graduated from Ashford High School in Ashford, Alabama in 2012 with a GPA of 4.00
  • Highly regarded letters of recommendation from school staff and community leaders
  • Scholarship Awards for letters in basketball, baseball, football while maintaining a 4.0 GPA
  • Vice President of SGA – Leadership School
  • TO ATTEND: Ozark Aviation College – Ozark, Alabama – Major in Aviation Technology
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