July 17, 2014 03:53 PM
Two students were awarded the Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) Buster Bynum Scholarship and the Charles “Chuck” Poland Education Scholarship.Recipients of the Buster Bynum scholarships are children of transportation employees actively employed in a public school system for the past five years with a total combined annual family income of less than $75,000. Additionally, recipients must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and are selected based on leadership, citizenship, and service. High school senior Mitchell Naler was awarded the Buster Bynum Scholarship. Naler attends Holly Pond High School in the Cullman County School System, and is the son of Jeffery S. Naler, a Cullman County bus driver. Naler plans to attend the University of Alabama to major in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. The Buster Bynum Scholarship was created in 2005 and is named for current treasurer, past president, and long-time member of the SESPTC. It is a one-time $2,500 education scholarship awarded to each of the 14-member southeastern states of the SESPTC. Timothy Race Roszell, a senior at Wellborn High School in Calhoun County, received the Charles “Chuck” Poland Scholarship. This one-time $1,000 award is named in honor of Charles “Chuck” Poland, a former bus driver in the Dale County School System who was killed protecting students on his bus when confronted by a gunman. This is the inaugural year of the Poland scholarship, the establishment of which was announced during the memorial celebration honoring Poland in January of this year. Roszell is the son of Sondra Hood Roszell, a certified bus driver in the Tallapoosa County School System. He plans to pursue a degree in Computer Integrative Manufacturing at Jacksonville State University. Recipients of the Charles “Chuck” Poland scholarship are children of Alabama transportation employees actively employed in a public school system for the past three years. Additionally, recipients must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and are selected based on leadership, citizenship, and service.