Fundraiser to provide scholarship to Walker High School graduate
by Melanie Patterson
Mar 31, 2012 | 926 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Walker High School fundraiser is in its third year of raising scholarship money for students.

The Pigs 4 Paula barbecue benefit is April 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Walker High School Golden Viking Room. The cost is $10 per plate; participants may dine in or get their meals to go.

The event raises funds for the Paula Wade Scholarship Award, which was started in 2009 after the long-time Walker High teacher died after a nine-month battle with brain cancer.

Wade taught English at the school from 1976 to 1998.

“Paula was devoted to her students and she encouraged them to go to college. She was a real advocate of it,” said James Wade, husband to the late teacher. “She helped some students obtain scholarships. She helped give them direction.”

Wade said he and his wife did not discuss starting a scholarship fund before she died. He said their three children “wanted to do this in memory of her.”

The fundraiser has grown every year. Last year’s benefit raised almost $3,000 for the fund; the year before that, the event raised $2,500.

The scholarship is given each year to a Walker High School student who will attend Bevill State Community College after graduation. It is awarded each spring at the school’s awards day.

Wade said the scholarship committee takes recommendations for award recipients from Walker High staff.

“We go through and review those and choose one from that,” he said. “We’re looking for someone who meets college criteria. We look at character, grades and financial need.”

The scholarship is for $1,500.

On the menu for the benefit is Boston butt, beans and cold slaw.

For more information, to donate to the fund or to pre-order meals, contact Wade at pigs4paula@gmail.com or call him at 300-0119.