Stevenson, LCHS grad, earns STLS scholarship

Tate Stevenson, a Lincoln County High School graduate, is congratulated here by Cleijo Walker, chairman of the Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society (STLS) scholarship committee. Stevenson was one of seven students across the area earning a $3,500 scholarship this year.

The Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society culminated this year’s mission by “Celebrating Our Scholars” with a Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Franklin County Country Club in Winchester. 

Seven scholarships were presented to students from Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln and Moore counties. Through the success of its fundraising efforts this year, seven students were each awarded a $3,500 scholarship. STLS has awarded 64 scholarships since it started in 2009, presenting a total sum of $184,500.

The applicants honored with the 2018 STLS scholarships included Tate Stevenson from Lincoln County High School. Stevenson is heading toward an Ivy League education and is planning to become a corporate lawyer and own his own firm.

Other recipients are Ellla Fanning from Tullahoma High, Katy Hancock from Coffee County High in Manchester, Ethan Pfister from Franklin County High in Winchester, Landon C. Moye from Huntland High, Kristin Weaver from Grundy County High in Coalmont and Erin Simmons from Moore County High in Lynchburg.

The students were selected based upon several criteria including grades, school activities, community service, employment, financial need, personal recommendations, a written essay and a personal interview with the scholarship committee members.

“This year, we received 163 applications,” said Cleijo Walker, chairwoman of the Scholarship Committee. “With so many talented students, the committee had a hard time narrowing down the award applicants to just one student from each high school in the five counties we represent.”

“These young adults had high school resumes that boasted academic excellence not only in scholastic achievements but extensive leadership roles in extracurricular activities and community service. They are genuine role models to fellow students and the community at large.

“There was hardly a dry eye in the room as the students each spoke during the luncheon,” she said. “Their sincere and heartfelt gratitude was expressed to self-less efforts of the women in the club for the scholarships. Each had their own story that showed how their lives were shaped by the love and support of family members, teachers and friends. They all expressed lofty career goals and the recurring sentiment was the notion of being able to ‘give back’ once they earned their respective degrees.”

 Stevenson quoted Earl Nightingale to sum up his perspective on his life.

“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.”

The Southern Tennessee Ladies Society (STLS) is a not-for-profit association of women who are interested in social activity with other women in the community. They are women who want to make a difference in the lives of graduating high school seniors by awarding scholarships each year

The members of STLS would like to publicly thank everyone who has volunteered their time with coordinating the many activities and events held throughout the year, in addition to friends and neighbors who have participated in the many fundraising events that make these scholarships possible.       

The next meeting will be Aug. 1 which will mark the beginning of the new fiscal year. New members are welcome to join. Membership is open to the public. For more information visit