The family of Megan Pettis is happy to announce that two Bay District Schools students have received the inaugural Megan Pettis Memorial Scholarship, awarded for the first time this year. Students Chelsee Bullock and Auston Jones will each receive $1,000 to further their education. In addition, student Jean Michelle (“Chelle”) Baxley will receive the first ever $1,000 Megan Pettis Community Service Scholarship.
“Megan was determined, kind, and focused,” said Pam Cobb, Megan’s mother. “We want to help others who exemplify those traits and who are willing to work hard.”
Chelsee Bullock, a senior at Deane Bozeman School, is the first recipient of this year’s award. Bullock plans to attend Chipola College and hopes to become a nurse, ultimately specializing in neonatology or pediatrics. Her qualifications include a very strong work ethic and a commitment to giving back to her community.
Auston Jones, a senior at New Horizons Learning Center, will graduate in May. After graduation, Auston will continue in the auto mechanics program at Haney Technical Center where he is currently dual enrolled. Auston’s history of meeting and overcoming challenges makes him especially deserving of the scholarship.
“Chelle” Baxley, a senior at J.R. Arnold High School, will use her scholarship Megan Pettis Community Service Scholarship to attend Gulf Coast State College to pursue a degree in early childhood education. While her grades and activities played a role, Baxley’s work as a community volunteer was an important factor in her selection.
Prior to her untimely death in 2013, Megan Pettis was a successful student and, later, career woman in Bay County. Her family and friends created this scholarship program to honor Megan, a young woman who refused to fail.
The Megan Pettis Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Bay Education Foundation, Inc.
Information provided by The Bay Education Foundation