CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – When members of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Homebuilders Association learned that two scholarships were being set up at Austin Peay State University to honor the memory of two local teenagers, they overwhelmingly agreed to show their support.
Earlier this semester, after the tragic deaths of incoming APSU freshman Jack Amos and Rossview High School senior Amy Stringer, two memorial scholarships were endowed at the University. The scholarships will provide opportunities for future generations to earn college degrees at APSU.
On a Friday morning earlier this month, members of the local homebuilders association stopped by campus to present a sizeable donation toward both scholarships.
“We had a golf tournament, and the proceeds from the golf tournament, we felt should go toward these scholarships,” Rex Hawkins, president of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Homebuilders Association, said.
“A lot of our members at the golf tournament donated to this,” Karen Blick, executive officer of the homebuilders association, said. “This donation is from the membership.”
Jim Amos Jr., father of Jack and a member of the association’s board, was also present for the donation presentation.
“Clarksville is truly a community in every sense of the word,” he said.
Sitting next to him was Tasha Stringer, sister of Amy Stringer.
“Knowing that people donated to this, it leaves us speechless,” she said. “It’s actually very healing, and it helps with the grieving process.”
Alan Burkhart, past president of the association, was also on hand for the presentation.
The donation will help toward endowing the Jackson Amos Memorial Scholarship and the Amy Stringer Memorial Scholarship at APSU. Anyone wishing to contribute to these scholarships can contact the APSU Advancement Office at 221-7127, or send donations to the APSU Foundation, Box 4417, Clarksville, TN, 37044.
PHOTO CUTLINE: (From left) Alan Burkhart, Tasha Stringer, Jim Amos Jr., Karen Blick and Rex Hawkins. (Photo by Beth Liggitt/APSU)