The Phenix City Board Meeting Tuesday night had more high school students in attendance than usual. The room was packed for the awarding of 14 scholarships as part of the Second Annual Mayor’s Ball for Education and Charity.
Mayor Eddie Lowe established the the scholarship initiative last year to reward academic achievement. Both Central High School and Glenwood School had students garner financial aid to further their studies.
The newest addition to this year’s edition of the Mayor’s Ball was the 1st Annual Mary Jane Riley Memorial Scholarship. The special financial award honors the 40-year educator who served as former Central High School principal and assistant superintendent of Phenix City Schools.
News 3 spoke to the winner of the scholarship, which bears Riley’s favorite animal on the certificate: the ladybug.
“Well, first of all, it’s just a great financial assistance with helping to pay for college,” Anslee Stanfill said. “And it’s such an honor to be given a scholarship in memory of such a well-loved and well-respected lady. And it just means a lot to me.”
The former Central student will head to Troy University this coming fall after garnering a 4.0 GPA this past year. Stanfill plans on majoring in exercise science with a concentration in nutrition. She ultimately wants to become a nutritionist in a hospital. Stanfill thanked her parents and teachers for inspiring her to remain focus so that this opportunity to become possible.
Stanfill received the most amount of money ($2,500) from the Mayor’s Ball scholarship fund. Others’ awards ranged from $1,000-$2,000.
In total, the Mayor’s Ball raised more than $57,000, a giant leap from the first year’s $36,000 gains. The scholarship committee was able to award two more scholarships this year as well. Mayor Lowe expects the Mayor’s Ball to expand next year.