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Bank Independent honors Athens State recipients of Mauldin scholarship

SHEFFIELD — A pair of first-generation college students have been recognized by Bank Independent as recipients of the Edward Fennel Mauldin Endowed Scholarship. 

The students, Laci Hess and Baylee Dotson, attend Athens State University. They were honored at a reception from Bank Independent and Athens State representatives.

The scholarship is for first-generation college attendees and is named in honor of the late Bank Independent President, Edward Fennel Mauldin. Hess is a first-time recipient of the scholarship while Dotson is a returning recipient.

“Bank Independent and the Mauldin family have a passion, interest and love for education, for helping people and the community grow,” Athens State Interim President Catherine Wehlberg said. “They help support our students and make sure they are able to grow, develop and reach their potential much like we do here at Athens State University.

“Together, we are impacting our students, their families and their communities, and that impact is going to last a very long time.”

Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin congratulated the students on their achievements, explaining that his father, the late Edward Fennel Mauldin, never graduated from college, but it did not limit him from success. 

Mauldin said his father believed that any exposure to college was better than no exposure at all.

“Bank Independent’s mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and you have the support of all of our 700 team members,” said Mauldin. “With this scholarship comes responsibility. You’ve had a lot of people help get you where you are today.

“So, when you have the chance to help others, remember what has been done for you and pay it forward.”

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