Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) and the NACC Foundation are pleased to introduce the Peggy Sparks Turner Memorial Scholarship. This memorial scholarship, presented by the family of the late Peggy Sparks Turner, will afford a non-traditional student an opportunity to gain a further education to secure a better job or career.
“Peggy Sparks Turner was a guiding influence in the lives of many with her constant loving kindness. She lived by the tenet of loving others and never missed an opportunity to show people that she cared for them,” says Cassie McFadden, granddaughter of Mrs. Turner.
Peggy was born into a large farming family, and she made the decision to stop going to school after 10th grade so she could help out at home caring for her younger siblings. This love for children never ended. She raised a family of her own while also providing care for children throughout Jackson, DeKalb, and Marshall counties. She was a pillar of her church community where she led children's Sunday school classes and numerous other youth events for over 20 years.
The scholarship serves as a concrete reminder of the impact Turner left on her family and community. "My mother had a love and passion for her family, church, and community. She taught us all to trust in ourselves, to help our neighbors, and to love all people. She always had a prayer on her lips and a song in her heart," says Turner’s daughter Beckey McFadden.
“We are so grateful to the Peggy Sparks Turner family,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “The scholarship they are offering will not only honor Mrs. Turner, but will benefit the educations and the lives of our students for years to come.”
Turner’s granddaughter Jessie Mauney remembers the lessons instilled in her by her grandmother. “She (Turner) taught her children to be independent, to be a force for good, and to never underestimate their own skills and abilities,” says Mauney.
The Peggy Turner Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a non-traditional NACC student pursuing a degree in Education, Arts, or a Career/Technical Certificate Program. The student should also have a passion for community involvement and volunteer work.
“Even though her formal education was limited, my grandmother was a fierce advocate of us getting an education. She instilled in us a passionate curiosity for learning new things that has benefited us both in the classroom and in the workplace all of our lives,” adds Turner’s granddaughter Cassie McFadden. She continues, “We are proud to continue her legacy of caring for others in providing this memorial scholarship to benefit individuals seeking to improve their lives with education.”
NACC’s Development Director Heather Rice offers a few thoughts on creating a Foundation scholarship. “Scholarships in memory of a loved one is a great way to honor that person. We can add stipulations to personalize the scholarship around their interests or career, such as a math scholarship, a nursing scholarship, and a technical scholarship, for example. Funding a scholarship through the NACC Foundation gives our students unique financial opportunities to help pay for college,” says Rice.
The Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation exists to support scholarships for students and support the mission of the College. The Foundation was organized and incorporated in 2002 for the purpose of stimulating voluntary private support from alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and others for the benefit of the College. If you would like to remember your loved one by creating a memorial scholarship through Northeast, contact NACC Development Director Heather Rice at email@example.com or 256-228-6001 ext. 2301.