Wilson Receives 1 of 15 Perdue Foundation Scholarships
Edmonson Voice Update:
Chaz Wilson, son of Erick and Michelle Wilson of Smiths Grove, Ky., was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.
He received one of 15 scholarships given this year to children of Perdue associates and independent contract farmers. Winners were selected based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
Chaz will attend Kentucky Wesleyan College to pursue a degree in environmental sciences. He graduated seventh in his class from Edmonson County High School (ECHS) with a grade-point average of 4.12.
According to a statement released from Perdue, he was chosen captain of his varsity basketball and baseball teams at ECHS, while spending many hours volunteering, including preparing and serving meals at his local Salvation Army, performing roadside cleanup, shoveling snow in his community, and distributing presents for less fortunate children at Christmas.
Chaz was raised on his family’s farm near Bowling Green, working side by side with his father from an early age, feeding calves, working cattle and discing fields.
“The opportunities I was given as a child instilled a deep love for the land inside me that not many people possess today,” he said. “Being a farmer is the most rewarding career I could choose to accomplish this goal. I feel the leadership qualities, dedication and work ethic I have acquired through my basketball and baseball careers will follow me through life."
“I hope with my research, I can help protect our environment, our farmland and our health,” he said. “I plan on coming back to Bowling Green and continue to farm and work diligently to grow what my dad has worked so hard to build.”
About the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue.
"As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work" a statement from Perdue Farms said. "At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture®."