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CHELCO selects three $1,000 scholarship winners  

CHELCO has chosen three recipients from Crestview and Northwest Florida Collegiate High School as recipients of $1,000 scholarships.

The winners are Sean Gabany, Crestview, and Tori Manning and Hanna Shelton, Collegiate High School.

Sean Gabany plans to major in pre-biological science at Florida State University in the fall. He has been in an undergraduate medical program known as SSTRIDE since his freshman year and has interned at Emerald Coast Podiatry. Gabany placed third in his class and received the Anne T. Mitchell Academic Award for the last three years.  He is very active in other school programs and events, such as academic competitions, the Student Government Association, Students Working Against Tobacco and the National Honor Society. In addition to his academic commitments, he works approximately 22 hours per week at Starbucks and gives back to the community as a volunteer in various organizations.

Tori Manning will be graduating this summer with her high school diploma and her associates in science degree at the age of 16. She plans to attend FSU Panama City in the fall majoring in behavioral health with a minor in psychology. Manning has received numerous academic awards, such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Beautification Project Award, Mock Trial Award, Highest GPA in Science Award, Achievement Award for 4.0 and over GPA, and many others.  In addition, she also participates in a host of academic programs and clubs such as the Key and Anchor Clubs, Phi Theta Kappa and Mu Alpha Theta honor clubs, and the National Society of High School Scholars, where she’s is also an ambassador.  Manning was on the Walton High School cheerleader competition team, where she was selected as an “All American Cheerleader” and was also a Northwest Florida State College cheerleader. She has volunteered nearly 1,000 hours to various school and community organizations such as Sharing About Love Too, Second Chance, Great Gains, and has participated in mission work in Guatemala. In addition to her community service work, Manning is employed at Carmike Cinema where she works 25-30 hours per week.

Hanna Shelton plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham this fall majoring in biochemistry. She hopes to also participate in undergraduate medical research.  
Shelton has been the recipient of many awards and honors to include the NWFSC President’s List, National Honor Society and the Collegiate High School Spirit Award.  She also is the president of the Art Club and is a member of the Academic Team.  She has a passion for volunteering.  Shelton is a devoted volunteer at The Manor in Bluewater Bay and recently began volunteering at the Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast in the emergency room. With her aspiration to become a doctor, she finds a great deal of personal satisfaction by giving back to her community. Outside of her service commitments, Shelton is employed at Hungry Howie’s.       

CHELCO introduced the scholarship program in 2015 to help members or their dependents attend college. Applicants must be a CHELCO member, spouse of a member or the dependent of a member and live on CHELCO lines. Winners were chosen based on scholastic achievement, school and community activities, economic need as well as the ability to communicate career goals.

“CHELCO’s seventh cooperative principle is concern for community, and we follow that principle through programs such as this,” said Vice President of Member Services Steve Wolfrom. “We initiated the scholarship program to give back to our members.”


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