The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Awarded the Sally Humphrie /Class of 1980 Applied Sciences Scholarship to a deserving student at Saint James High School.
The Sally Humphries/Class of 1980 Applied Sciences Scholarship was established to celebrate the class of 1980’s success, to honor a beloved classmate and to invest in future St. James graduates.
Sally was Senior Class President, and was an excellent student in math and the sciences. She was an accomplished writer. She graduated from Auburn in Electrical Engineering and was selected outstanding EE student for her final quarter. Sally was a computer enthusiast long before it became so common, and was one of the leaders in the US Department of Energy in advancing, purchasing and safeguarding their use. Sally was so highly regarded by DOE that the flag over the renowned Savannah River (Nuclear) Station was flown at half-staff at her death in 1998.
The high school teachers at St. James nominated a small group of seniors who had excelled in the same areas as Sally. The selection committee consisted of one member of the Humphries Family, one representative of the Class of ’80, and a board member of CACF.
Each year the committee is presented with nominations of students who have most distinguished themselves at St. James and additionally in the areas of math and science. This year’s exceptional nominees were: Izabel Cabral, Hyuna Cho, and Sam Prickett.
With incredibly impressive ACT scores, school transcripts, resumes, letters of recommendation from faculty members, and essays outlining their college and career goals, these three nominees were outstanding both in and out of the classroom.
The 2019 recipient has been described as “outgoing, personable, and persistent.” This student has shown dedication to Saint James, is a natural leader with wide-ranging interests and talents, is well-liked, and the Scholarship Selection Committee felt this student embodied the spirit of Sally Humphries.
This year’s review committee has selected for the 2019 recipient of the Sally Humphries/Class of 1980 Applied Sciences Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is Sam Prickett.