Admiral Kelso Scholarship

Amelia Kate Richardson, left, a graduate of Lincoln County High School, and Julia Cox, right, a graduate of Fayetteville High School were the recipients of the Admiral Frank B. Kelso II Scholarship for 2021.

Two local high school graduates were awarded the Frank B. Kelso II Scholarship. They were chosen for their outstanding character, leadership qualities and academic achievement.

Amelia Kate Richardson, a student at Lincoln County High School, will attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Julia Cox, a student at Fayetteville High School, will begin her studies at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama this fall.

For 34 years, the scholarship has been awarded to a student from Lincoln County High School; however, this year, the award was also offered to a student from Fayetteville City High School.

Dr. Farris Beasley, Lincoln County Museum Vice-President and curator of the Admiral Frank B. Kelso II exhibit, invited the two scholarship winners to tour the exhibit that is on display at the museum. Beasley and Museum Board Member Clark Waggoner, provided a brief overview of the extraordinary life of Admiral Kelso and his great example of living his life as a servant leader. Bob Askew represented the Kelso family and presented checks to the recipients.

The scholarship was established in honor of Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, who rose to the highest rank of Chief of Naval Operations for the U.S. Navy. A native of Fayetteville, Admiral Kelso was honored for his distinguished military service by his hometown in 1986. Admiral Kelso retired in 1994 and returned to Fayetteville until his death in 2013.

Contributions and memorial gifts to the Admiral Frank B. Kelso II Scholarship funds are being accepted by First National Bank (Attn: Heather McCormick), 405 West College Street, Fayetteville, TN 37334.