Where are they now?

From left, Jeff’s mom, Joyce Katon with scholarship recipients Madison Howell (2009), Emily Natoli (2008) and Lauren Stickles (2007) welcomed golfers to the 2010 Jeff Katon Memorial Golf Tournament in Palmetto Dunes.

On behalf of the Jeff Katon Scholarship Foundation, we extend our sincere congratulations to 2009 scholarship recipient Emily Natoli, who graduated from Vanderbilt University this weekend!

Emily is celebrating her success with a road trip with one of her best friends to Los Angeles this week.

“Next year I am going to be a Teach for America Corps Member in Houston, TX teaching middle school English at YES Prep Northside!,” she said.

During the Vanderbilt commencement ceremony, Mr. Robert Bruininks was quoted on the university Twitter page as saying, “Investment in our young people is an investment in our prosperity.”

At the Jeff Katon Scholarship Foundation, we couldn’t agree more. It has been our mission since our inception to support Beaufort County emerging leaders as they chase their dreams.

The Jeff Katon Scholarship Foundation is a private tax-exempt foundation established in loving memory of Jeffrey Paul Katon, who died in August 2006.

This scholarship is available to any student living in Beaufort County, South Carolina, who has a GPA of 3.0/4.0, is planning to attend a four year accredited college and demonstrates financial need.

Since its inception in 2007, the Jeff Katon Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly $20,000 to Beaufort County students to help them pay for college.

Our inaugural scholarship recipient, Lauren Stickles, was graduated Clemson University last year.

“I’m just finishing up my first year as an Emergency Room Nurse at AnMed Health. It’s a hospital in Anderson, SC. I absolutely love it!”

Lauren will travel to Charleston next month to complete a course to become a forensic nurse examiner for sexual assault cases that come through the ER.

At College of Charleston, 2010 JPK Scholarship recipient Madison Howell is also doing well.

“It’s been a tough but great year at school,” she said. “I’m still a biology major, and I plan to be a genetic counselor or do genetic research particularly with twins and multiple births.”

“After I graduate next year, I’m getting married and my plans really depend on where my fiancé Blake gets accepted to dental school. Hopefully it’s somewhere with a lot of research opportunities or a graduate school.”

2012 JPK Scholarship recipient Justin Shaw struggled with his transition to Clemson University this past fall.

“I remember walking out of my first day of college calculus class thinking, ‘This is not going to be anything like high school.” he said.

In a letter to the committee, Justin said he attended seminars on how to transition from high school to college life, how to ace college exams and organized a calculus study group.

Justin finished his first semester with a 4.0 average, making the Presidents List.

This year, Justin’s plans include helping peers who find it stressful transitioning from high school to college. He has recently been hired as a Supplemental Instruction Leader due to his academic success. Justin is also an active member of the Eta Psi chapter of Sigma Pi at Clemson, where he serves on the fraternity philanthropy board.

The Jeff Katon Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors is impressed with Justin’s commitment to excellence and has awarded him a $1,000 continuing education scholarship for 2013.

The Jeff Katon Scholarship Foundation was established as a charitable fund in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, a local nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All contributions to the Jeff Katon Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry are fully tax deductible as allowable by law.

To donate on-line, click on:http://www.cf-lowcountry.org/give/donate-online, once there select the Jeff Katon Scholarship Fund.

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