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Farmer receives Judson College 'Mary Whitfield Lee Scholarship'

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

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Judson College has awarded the eighth annual "Mary Whitfield Lee Scholarship" to Tenille Farmer of Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Farmer is the daughter of Albert Farmer and Gisele Bradley and a 2011 graduate of Bay High School. She plays volleyball at Judson and is a pre-engineering major. Farmer is a member of the St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis.

"I'm grateful for this scholarship," Farmer said. "It's an honor to receive it and it will help significantly with my tuition costs."

The scholarship seeks to honor the memory of "Whit" Lee who was an outstanding Perry County, Alabama student and athlete.

Lee died Aug. 8, 1976 just a few days after a driver lost control of her vehicle outside Birmingham and slammed into the station wagon carrying Lee and other Judson College soft-ball players to a tournament in north Alabama.

Lee attended Marion public schools, Perry Christian School and Morgan Academy in Selma before entering the high school division of Marion Military Institute.

She graduated first in her class at MMI Prep with a 98.2 average and never received any grade lower than an A. She was valedictorian, a member of the National Honor Society, won the Daughters of the American Revolution "Good Citizen Award," was listed among "Who's Who of High School Students" and "Distinguished High School Students" in 1974-75 and was a National Merit Scholarship finalist.

Lee scored a perfect 36 on her ACT math test and was offered scholarships by several colleges and universities, but chose to be a math major at Judson.

She was recognized at the 1976 Honors Convocation as having the highest academic average in the sophomore class.

At Judson, Lee was high scorer and a starting guard on the basketball team, averaging better than 20 points per game and was selected for the 1975 All-Star Team at the Alabama Women's Intercollegiate

Basketball Tournament.

She was a member of the field hockey team that defeated both Vanderbilt and Sewanee, and a member of the 1975 tennis team that lost first place to Auburn by one point in the Alabama Women's

Intercollegiate Tennis

Tournament. She was also a member of the volleyball team, A-Board and the Blazer Club.

Individuals wishing to honor the memory of Mary Whitfield Lee by contributing to the scholarship endowment may send gifts to the Mary Whitfield Lee Scholarship Fund at Judson College. For more information contact the office of development at 334.683.5109.

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Original Publication Date: January 3, 2013

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