HANCEVILLE, Ala. — A group of 30 dedicated runners gathered Saturday morning at Wallace State Community College to participate in the third annual Grant Brown Memorial Scholarship 5K. The run is held each year in honor of Grant Brown, who passed away shortly after graduating from Hanceville High School in 2013. The scholarship funds a scholarship for one year’s tuition at Wallace State for a graduating HHS senior.
Savannah Funderburg, a runner and the secretary of Hanceville Elementary School where Grant Brown’s mother, Kim Brown, is principal, was one of the event organizers this year. Kim and Jeff Brown established the scholarship in the fall of 2013 as a way to honor their son’s memory.
“We’re all family here and this scholarship means a lot to us, and it will be going to one of our seniors to be able to attend Wallace State,” said Funderburg, who came in first as the overall female winner in the 5K.
Funderburg said proceeds from the run help them meet their goal, which is to fund that one-year scholarship. She said the race has grown a little bit each year, and they hope it continues to grow every year.
Winners in the third annual Grant Brown Memorial 5K and Fun Run were:
Overall Female: Savannah Funderburg (27.15)
Overall Male: Preston Harrison (24.06)
Male 15 and under: Drake Bentley
Female 15 and under: Kynzlee Farr
Male 20-29: Kyle Bear
Female 20-29: Brittany Booth
Male 30-39: Mitchel Howard
Female 30-39: Lindsey Jones
Male 40-49: Mark Long
Female 40-49: Dee Johnson
Male 50+: Eddie Lewis
Female 50+: Teresa Fincher
Donations to the Grant Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund can be made at any time by contacting Suzanne Harbin, Director of Advancement for the Wallace State Community College Future Foundation at 256.352.8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.wsccfuturefoundation.org