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Sylacauga graduate receives Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship


ABBEVILLE, Ala. – Jamie Ryan Aderholt of Sylacauga will have help pursuing her dreams as a student at The University of Alabama this fall, thanks to her selection as a Jimmy Rane Foundation scholar. A 2021 graduate of Sylacauga High School, Aderholt is among 48 students from 14 states being awarded scholarships from the foundation this year. She will major in marketing.

“I look forward to experiencing all the Culverhouse College of Business has to offer, as well as becoming an active member in the community,” Aderholt said as she expressed gratitude for the support. She hopes to own a clothing boutique business after she earns her degree.

Aderholt was an active student at Sylacauga High School, including serving on the Student Council and as a class representative in her senior and junior years. She was a member of the National Honor Society, the Junior Scholastic Society, Junior Civitan, Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club and Freelancers Community Service Club of Sylacauga. Among her other activities, she served as a Special Ed Teacher’s Assistant and a University of Alabama Early College Ambassador. She earned a varsity letter for SHS Volleyball, and through her dual enrollment, she was also named to the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

The Jimmy Rane Foundation is dedicated to providing college scholarships for deserving students and strengthening communities through education projects and grants.

The foundation has awarded 510 college scholarships since it was established in 2000,  for a total of value of over $5.2 million. These scholarships are for eight semesters, not just for one year, which makes them even more critical to the success of recipients. Foundation scholars are attending universities all over the nation, and many have now graduated and become engineers, teachers, nurses, accountants, and several students are currently in medical school and law school.

Jimmy Rane, founder of Abbeville, AL-based Great Southern Wood Preserving, Incorporated, traditionally hosts an annual golf tournament as the single fund-raising event for the foundation drawing both corporate and individual sponsors. For the second year, precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic led the foundation to the decision to not host its annual Jimmy Rane Charity Golf Tournament and awards banquet. However, the generous support of sponsors made it possible for the foundation, now in its 21st year, to award the highest number of scholarships to date—eclipsing the forty given in 2020 which, at that time, was the highest awarded to date.

For more information about the foundation and to apply for the scholarship in future years, click here.

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