Alexis Ketterman, a graduate of Centennial High School, was the recent first recipient of a $5,000 scholarship through the Franklin Housing Authority’s FOURS Scholarship program.
The scholarship can be renewed each year and ultimately will be worth as much as $20,000 for a four-year degree as long as the student remains in good standing.
“We wanted to give enough to have an impact and make a difference,” said Susan Minor, communications director for the Franklin Housing Authority. “We looked at other city’s scholarships and felt like we needed to do more.”
Ketterman, who is 18 and started the FHA program as a ninth-grader, even played a part in the naming of the scholarship. FOURS stands for the Future is Ours.
To be eligible, a recipient must be a resident living within the Franklin Housing Authority.
Franklin Housing Authority President and CEO Derwin Jackson said he was proud to present Ketterman with the scholarship.
“It’s people like Alexis that see the quality and value of education,” Jackson said. “Education is so important for a successful future. I am very proud of her.”
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore was impressed with Ketterman, a student who worked full time in addition to doing her school work.
“She has worked hard to earn this scholarship, and I am impressed with what the authority is doing to create this program for residents," he said. "Alexis has a bright future ahead of her."
Ketterman plans to attend Lipscomb University and major in electrical computer engineering. She would like to work in the computer science field upon graduation.
“I have always enjoyed computers and learning more,” said Ketterman, who serves as a role model in her neighborhood.
“We recruited Alexis early on for this,” Jackson said. “She is driven to achieve great things, and we wanted to help her achieve her goals.”
The Franklin Housing Authority also partnered with the American Job Center to host a recent community career and educational promotional fair. More than a dozen area employers interviewed for various positions and six educational institutions were available to discuss admissions and financial aid options.