Special to the
Opelika Observer

Two Lee County students were among 100 recipients of the 2015 Alfa Foundation scholarship. Each scholarship winner received $1,000 in the program’s second year.
The local scholarship recipients are Ryan Farrell of Auburn, (left) a graduate of Auburn High School, and Chandler Mulvaney (right) of Opelika, a Beauregard High School graduate. Both attend Auburn University.
Selection for the competitive scholarship program was based on academic record, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience and future goals.
“In our household, we know the impact of rising tuition costs, as our son recently graduated college and our daughter will be a college freshman this fall,” said Jimmy Parnell, president of Alfa Insurance. “We hope our gift will make it easier for the recipients to focus on studies and gaining professional experience, rather than worrying about paying for their education.”
More than 1,300 applications were received for the scholarship program from high school seniors and post-secondary undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in an Alabama two- or four-year college, university or technical school.
The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies required for coursework.