Pike Road senior Addison Leigh Walker receives The Waters Alumni Chapter’s first scholarship

Addison Leigh Walker, the daughter of TROY alumni Brandi and Mitt Walker, received the chapter's first scholarship during an event held in April.

Addison Leigh Walker, the daughter of TROY alumni Brandi and Mitt Walker, received the chapter's first scholarship during an event held in April.

Providing scholarships for deserving students is the main focus for the Troy University Alumni Association, and the University’s newest alumni chapter wasted little time in joining that cause.

The Waters Alumni Chapter, which was officially chartered in March, presented its first scholarship last month during an event at the home of Jeannine and Robert Birmingham. TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. and First Lady Mrs. Janice Hawkins were special guests at the event.

The chapter’s first scholarship was presented to Pike Road High School Senior and future Trojan Addison Leigh Walker, the daughter of TROY alumni Mitt and Brandi Walker.  

Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, is shown with the chapter’s officers: Brantley Leverette, Treasurer; Jeff Dickey, Vice President; Jeanine Birmingham, President; and Laura Chambliss, Communications.

Dr. Hawkins addressed the group, providing an update on various activities within the life of the University, highlighting the success of Trojan sports teams and recent recognitions received by the University by publications such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

Dr. Hawkins shared about the University’s efforts in research with the goal of achieving designation as an R-2 research institution. One of the most significant steps along that journey was achieved last September when the Alabama Commission on Higher Education granted TROY an instructional role change to become a doctoral university. TROY, which currently offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Ph.D. in Sport Management and the Ph.D. in Global Leadership, now has no limit on the number of doctoral degree programs it can offer.

Dr. Hawkins said plans are underway to propose the addition of a Ph.D. in Criminology and a Doctor of Business Administration to the University’s academic inventory.

“The value of every TROY degree – past, present and future – increased with that decision from ACHE,” he told the group.

Faith Byrd, Director of Alumni Affairs, offered her congratulations to the chapter for issuing the first of what will be many scholarships to deserving students and expressed her gratitude to the chapter’s officers – Jeanine Birmingham, President; Jeff Dickey, Vice President; Brantley Leverette, Treasurer; and Laura Chambliss, Communications.

The chapter also celebrated the generosity of longtime Troy University administrator and resident of The Waters, Dr. John W. Schmidt, who made a donation to the chapter’s scholarship fund.

For additional information about the chapter or how to become a member, email troyatthewaters@gmail.com or visit the chapter’s Facebook page.