Four local students each received $1,000 from the Whitey Whitehead Memorial Scholarship.
Tre’mon Moore, 18, will attend LaGrange College and study sports management. He will also play football for the LaGrange College Panthers.
Andrew Watkins, 18, will pursue logistics management at Georgia Military College and transfer to Kennesaw State University to complete his education.
Grace Ward, 18, will go to Georgia Southern University. She plans to obtain a biology degree and become an obstetrician, a doctor that works with pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Ward will also join the Southern Pride Marching Band as a member of the color guard.
Josh Wade, 18, will study dentistry and sports management at Georgia State University. Wade wants to be the first college graduate in his family.
The Whitehead Memorial Scholarship was set up by Jane Whitehead, his wife of 62 years, following his death on October 21, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family asked residents to make donations to the scholarship fund.
“Thank you to the families and friends for their donations that made this scholarship possible,” Jane said.
Jane set up the donation because she wanted to honor her husband’s memory by giving back to the community.
“I knew that he would like anything to help the young people of Morgan County,” Jane said.
Ellison, referred to as “Whitey” by most, had a history of community service. In 1959, he helped start the little league baseball program in Morgan County.
“He and a couple of his friends helped build the little league program in the county,” Jane said. “He loved ball, and he loved working with the boys. He was a giving person.”
Whitehead started coaching for his son, Ellison Whitehead Jr. and he continued coaching teams long after his son grew up.
“Whitey was one of the foundational men that started the athletics program,” said Lance Alexander, the director of the Morgan County Recreation Department. “He was a coach and umpire when I was growing up.”
In November of last year, the MCRD named Whitehead their 2017 Hall of Fame Award winner. His son and grandson accepted the award in his memory.
Whitehead also served as a deacon for Beacon Heights Baptist Church and Harmony Baptist Church for a number of years.