The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization working to improve the quality of life in 40 Middle Tennessee and three Kentucky counties, announces that it is awarding 353 scholarships to 332 individual students pursuing secondary education at accredited schools throughout the United States. A total of $644,000 is being awarded to students from more than 96 scholarship funds within The Community Foundation.

“The Community Foundation has helped thousands access educational opportunities they might otherwise have been unable to afford by connecting them with the generosity of others,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “This year we are honored to help hundreds more improve their futures, and the futures of their families, through the transformation offered by an education.”

Congratulations to the 2018 scholarship recipients from Smith County:

— Seth Agee, from Gordonsville High School, was awarded the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship and the Juliann and Joseph Maxwell Scholarship to attend Tennessee Technological University.

— Hannah Byrnes, from Aaron Academy, was awarded the Baran Fine Arts and Music Scholarship to attend Middle Tennessee State University.

— Alexis Gregory, from Smith County High School, was awarded the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship to attend Smith County High School.

— Matthew Lynn, from Smith County High School, was awarded the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.

— William Patterson, from Smith County High School, was awarded the Pauline LaFon Gore Scholarship to attend Cumberland University.

The Community Foundation scholarships, established by individuals, companies, and civic groups, will assist students with tuition and other school-related expenses. Each year, The Community Foundation scholarship committee reviews applications on behalf of donors who entrust The Foundation with administering the annual awards.

The scholarship committee carefully considers applicants’ academic records, test scores, extracurricular activities, work experience, community involvement, and personal recommendations.

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.