Scholarship established to honor Mott

Special to the Eagle
Posted 12/10/16

The Walker College Foundation, Inc., has established the Dr. Jack L. Mott Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor the late Dr. Jack Mott, a Cordova resident and 61-year supporter of Walker College and the Walker College Foundation.

The new fund is …

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Scholarship established to honor Mott

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The Walker College Foundation, Inc., has established the Dr. Jack L. Mott Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor the late Dr. Jack Mott, a Cordova resident and 61-year supporter of Walker College and the Walker College Foundation.

The new fund is comprised of gifts from family, community members and the board of trustees and will benefit students attending the Walker College Campus of Bevill State.

Following the announcement of the new fund, Mott’s son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Penne Mott, said, “The family is so excited about this scholarship opportunity for students. It is a befitting scholarship since Jack’s life work was helping students find money through transfer scholarships, federal financial aid, and community donor scholarships. Nothing would have pleased him more than having this scholarship named on his behalf because he dedicatd his life to helping students.”

Mott died on May 29 at the age of 86 after a long battle with cancer.

He spent his early years as an Army staff sergeant in the 32nd Regiment of the 7th Infantry during the Korean conflict. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Mott began his career with Walker College in 1955 when he was hired as a business instructor after graduating from Livingston University. In 1957, he became business manager of the college.

He continued his education to earn his master’s degree from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University and received an honorary law degree from Livingston University.

In 1974, Mott was named vice president of administration at Walker College and became president of the college in 1988. He retired in 1995. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper and a trustee of the Walker College Foundation, Inc.

As an instructor and administrator, Mott’s influence crossed generations and he is credited by many as the reason they were successful in college.

Walker College alumni Tish Gale Eubanks noted in a social media post, “I had the pleasure of being in his typing class at Walker College! I learned to love and respect a great educator who knew what it meant to teach the whole child. My world at Walker College was a better place because of him.”

With this scholarship fund, his influence will continue for generations to come.

The Mott scholarship fund is the Walker College Foundation’s newest endowed scholarship fund following the Dr. David Jack and Mary Ellen Rowland Family Scholarship Fund.

Other recent funds include the Steve Byars Annual Scholarship Fund, the Bob Reed Mining Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Stella and John Whit Long Endowed Scholarship Fund, and the Larry Drummond Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The Foundation’s scholarship funds have provided close to $3 million dollars to more than 1,200 students over the last 20 years. 43 students are currently attending college on WCF scholarships.

For a complete list of WCF scholarship funds visit the Walker College Foundation website at www.wcfdn.org.

For questions about establishing a scholarship fund with the Walker College Foundation, call executive director Holly Trawick at 205-310-3189 or email htrawick@wcfdn.org. Contributions to the Walker College Foundation may be mailed to Walker College Foundation, P. O. Box 2228, Jasper, AL 35502 or donate online at www.wcfdn.org.