Tuscola student receives Blanton scholarship

Jun 17, 2014
Photo by: Donated SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS — From left are Erin West, Andrews High School; Molly Kerr, Clyde A. Erwin High; Morgan Sisk, Rosman High School; Tristan Woodall, Tuscola High School; Ashley Doolin, Smoky Mountain High School; and Kendra Kirkland, Swain County High School. Not pictured is Morgan Scholtz, Enka High School.

Tristan Woodall, a senior at Tuscola High School, was one of seven students to receive the Trooper Shawn Blanton Memorial Scholarship.

The winners were selected among numerous applications received from multiple counties across Western North Carolina. To qualify for the scholarship, each applicant must be participating in a high school softball program, be a senior, be accepted to a university or a college and present a letter requesting consideration for the scholarship. Each winner received $1,000 to go towards expenses related with furthering their education.

The scholarship is named after Trooper Blanton who was shot and killed on I-40 in Haywood County while conducting a traffic stop June 17, 2008. After his death, his father, David Blanton organized a scholarship fund for young ladies who played high school softball that wanted to further their education.

Trooper Blanton was the head JV softball coach at Smoky Mountain High School and an avid recreational softball player. After his death, his father, David Blanton organized a scholarship fund for young ladies who played high school softball that wanted to further their education.

Since beginning the scholarship, there has been $32,000 given to help women pursue their education.

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