Eagle Scout Hunter Jones of Lafayette, Tenn., is heading off to college this fall with a $1,000 scholarship, thanks to the Walter R. Courtenay Award and the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America. Hunter is one of two high school seniors to win the regional scholarship, which is presented to EagleScouts in the mid-state area who demonstrate the highest moral character, achieve outstanding academic success, excel at extracurricular activities, and take an active role in youth leadership and training activities in Scouting.
As an Eagle Scout, Hunter has earned an impressive 42 merit badges, and he is currently serving as secretary and chief of the local Order of the Arrow Lodge. Named an All-American Scholar, he graduated with a 4.0 GPA at Macon County High School, where he was elected to the Student Council and earned the National Student Council Leadership Award, as well as the National Business Education Award.
“Hunter is a leader in every aspect. He is one of the most brilliant and kindhearted students that I have encountered in my career,” said Tammy Gose, business teacher at Macon County High School, when recommending him for the Courtenay Award. “His perseverance, intellectual ability, and enthusiasm for learning and working are qualities that should help him well into his future.”
Eagle Scout Ben Johns of Franklin, Tenn., is this year’s other Courtenay Award scholarship winner. The Walter R. Courtenay Award was created by an anonymous donor in 1989 to honor the memory of Dr. Courtenay, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville and an ardent supporter of Scouting.