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Champion Hills awarded $55,000 in scholarships

Addison Kain, Mara Shook, Dalton Collins and Parker Gillespie won scholarships from Champion Hills. Addison Kain, Mara Shook, Dalton Collins and Parker Gillespie won scholarships from Champion Hills.

“I’d love to go back to school…. I just can’t afford it yet.”

Those words from an employee inspired Champion Hills members to create the Champion Hills Scholarship Fund. Since 2013, this fund has awarded college scholarships to deserving full-time and seasonal employees, as well as children of full-time employees with at least four years of service. The fund also gives grants to employees seeking advanced professional training and certification programs directly related to their careers at Champion Hills.

Over the past six years, the Champion Hills Scholarship Fund has awarded 49 individuals $258,000 in college scholarships and grants for professional certifications. The bi-annual fundraising event held a few weeks ago raised an additional $93,000 and funded the future of nine employees and two children of employees, totaling $55,000 in academic scholarships.

“It is truly rewarding to see the staff accomplish their goals and ambitions, and I am very proud to work for a Membership who helps our team achieve them," Champion Hills General Manager Dana Schultz said.

Addison Kain, a rising junior at the University of Tennessee and Hendersonville native, is a scholarship recipient. She began working in the food and beverage department in 2016 and completed an internship in the Marketing and Membership Department of Champion Hills this summer.

“I initially chose to work at Champion Hills because of the atmosphere and staff, but I come back year after year because of the members," she said. "Because of them, I have the opportunity to attend the school of my dreams!”

Addison went on to explain that the scholarship went well beyond money, giving her the encouragement and empowerment to chase after her dreams. “The members believe I can go on to do amazing things,” Addison said, “One day I will pay that priceless feeling forward.”