We would like to recognize the 2021 FTC Scholarship recipients, Emma Hilley and Garrett Thrash!
FTC’s scholarship program seeks to identify students like Emma and Garrett, who display a combination of academic excellence, participation in student activities, and community involvement. We wish them both the best of luck as they start their new journey!
Emma Hilley, daughter of Chris and Natasha Hilley, is a 2021 graduate from Fyffe High School. She plans to attend the University of Alabama in the fall and pursue pre-medicine and major in Psychology or Biochemistry. She intends to take classes with the UA Honors College and shadow the medical professionals in Tuscaloosa County. While attending the University of Alabama, Emma hopes to continue her volunteer work by becoming a part of the Tide Against Suicide and other counseling services offered. She has also been accepted into the Rural Health Scholars program at UA.
After graduating from college, Emma would like to attend the University of Alabama School of Medicine through the Rural Medical Scholars Program, where she will return to the rural communities in Alabama and help those who are in need the most. Her goal is to become a dermatologist, psychiatrist, or neurosurgeon.
Emma also excels in her extracurricular activities at Fyffe High School. She has been a class officer for four years and is currently the senior class vice-president. Emma is the Beta Club chaplain and Spanish Club vice-president. She is a member of NACC honors clubs: Mu Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa, and Sigma Kappa Delta. Emma is the founder of the FHS mental health awareness club YANA (You Are Not Alone) and FHS Morning Announcements. She volunteers with the SAM Foundation/Family Services of North Alabama and has scheduled QPR training for the FHS student body. She also volunteers with the Beta Club’s Campus Beautification, Giving Tree, and Christmas Giving program. Emma commits to all these activities while maintaining a 4.3 GPA and taking 24 dual enrollment classes at NACC.
Garrett Thrash, son of Dedra Capps and Heath Thrash, is currently a college student at Birmingham Southern College. He plans to follow in the footsteps of his mother and pursue a degree in medicine. Garrett realized medicine was the direction he wanted to go in after assisting in his mother’s medical clinic during COVID-19. After college Garrett wants to move back home and open a private practice and practice Family Medicine. There is a huge health care disparity in rural areas and Dekalb County, Alabama is considered a health care shortage area. “By returning to my area to practice medicine, I will be providing a much needed service to our rural community” Garrett says. He plans on helping take care of patients that he grew up with and families he grew up knowing.
Garrett is a member of the Birmingham Southern Football Team, volunteer for the Jimmie Hale Mission, SGA Freshman Representative at BSC and a teachers assistant. He also received a Presidential Scholarship to Birmingham Southern College.