Bart Allen Memorial Scholarship

Download the Memorial Scholarship Application

This scholarship was established in 2001 in memory of Bart Allen, the son of Joe and Marion Allen.

If you are a member of SWPA in good standing and have a qualifying recipient interested in one of these scholarships, please complete and return the application or call the SWPA office at (904) 845-7133.

In addition to a complete application, a letter of recommendation and a short essay as to why the applicant feels he or she is the best candidate must be attached.

Winners are required to submit a photograph for use in SWPA Publications. Also scholarship recipients are required to submit proof of college registration to in order to receive their scholarship funds.

SWPA will be awarding

  • Two $1,000.00 college scholarships and two $500.00 college scholarships for eligible high school graduates or first time college students.
  • Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to children or grandchildren of SWPA Wood Producer members.
  • Two $500.00 scholarships will be awarded to children or grandchildren of SWPA Associate Members or in the absence of qualified Associate Member applicants will be alternatively awarded to SWPA Wood Producer members.

Award distribution will be as follows:

    • one $1,000.00 and one $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to Florida recipients
    • one $1,000.00 and one $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to Georgia recipients

2020 Bart Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipients


Florida $1,000.00 Scholarship

Grace Galbraith

Grace Galbraith of Lee, FL

Daughter of
Jessica & Shawn Webb

Grandaughter of
Judy & Coye Webb

Grace “Gracie” Galbraith is the oldest of three daughters to Shawn and Jessica Webb of Lee, Florida. She is an honors student at Madison County High School, where she is also dually-enrolled at North Florida College. Gracie is a four-year Letterman for the MCHS Varsity Cowgirls softball team, where she plays outfield, and she serves as the Vice-President of her school’s FFA Chapter. Additionally, she is an active member of the National Beta Club, National Honors Society, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In her spare time, Gracie enjoys exhibiting show pigs at the jackpot and prospect livestock shows across North Florida. She also volunteers with the children’s ministry at her church, CrossPointe of Madison.

Gracie is no stranger to the timber production industry. Her roots in it run 40 years deep. Her maternal great-grandfather, Jack Seago, began his logging career in 1980, which continued operation for several years even after his untimely death in 1998. Gracie’s maternal grandfather, Ray Coker, began in the mid-80s hauling logs for her great-granddaddy Seago through contract trucking, and today he is a truck driver for Gray Logging, LLC. In 2010 when Gracie gained her bonus dad, Shawn (who she affectionately calls “Dubby”), her ties to the timber industry became tighter.  Shawn is a 2nd generation logger, foreman, and loader operator for one of two crews for the family business, CF Webb & Sons Logging, LLC. Since Shawn was only 8 when his father (Coye Webb) began logging in 1986, he grew up a “logger’s child,” and now Gracie has had the privilege of doing the same. Gracie stated, “I think God chooses special people that He knows can handle this life because it takes a lot of sacrifice, patience, understanding, and acceptance to be part of a logging family.”

Upon her graduation this May, Gracie plans to complete her Associate of Arts degree then apply to the Registered Nursing Program at North Florida College in Madison, Florida, with aspirations of later enrolling at the University of Florida to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. It is with much pride and humble gratitude that Gracie accepts the SWPA Bart Allen Memorial Scholarship this year.


Georgia $1,000.00 Scholarship

Sadie Wicks

Sadie Wicks of Roberta, GA

Daughter of
Maria & Jason Wicks

Granddaughter of
Sandra & Lamar Hammock

I am truly blessed to receive the Bart Allen Memorial Scholarship. With my family being in the logging industry since 1973 and establishing Hammock-Wicks Timber, Inc., starting with my grandfather, Lamar Hammock, and then my father, Jason Wicks, has built up my character as a leader, employee, peer, and all-around person. Seeing how to deal with hard times when there is unexpected rain or downtime in the woods due to equipment has taught me the valuable lesson of making the most with what little you have. When there are great weeks, where production and weather are wonderful, it has taught me to be thankful for when things are working out as planned. Maintaining a hard work ethic and keep up the quality of work that you produce has been instilled in me to prepare for my future. Seeing the prosperity of the company with these characteristics has proven to me that these attributes make a successful life. In my daily life at school, I am Key Club President, Varsity Tennis Captain, Student Council Reporter, Part-time Dual Enrollment student, and drag race when time is available on the weekends. I am excited to graduate from Taylor County High School in May and either attend Mercer University as a Biochemistry/Molecular Biology major on the track to medical school or The Georgia Institute of Technology as a Nuclear Engineer in hopes of becoming a Medical Physicist.

I am very thankful to the members of the SWPA for choosing me as the recipient of the Bart Allen Memorial Scholarship.


2019 BART ALLEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

FLORIDA $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Landon D. Conner, Hilliard, FL
Son of Amy and Gannon Conner   -TimberMaxx Logging, LLC
Grandson of Joan and Donnie Conner

 

GEORGIA $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Bryce Lee Floyd, Forsyth, GA
Son of Jennie & Mark Floyd  -  Monroe Timber Co., Inc.

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2018 BART ALLEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

FLORIDA $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Jada Conner, Hilliard, FL
Daughter of Jamie and Jana (Geiger) Conner
Conner & Conner Inc.

 

GEORGIA $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Erin McDonald, Marshallville, GA
Daughter of Scott and Darlene McDonald - Safety On Site, Inc.

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2017 BART ALLEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

FLORIDA $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Lawton Carter, Gainesville, FL
Son of Wesley and Jenny Carter

 

GEORGIA $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP

Harley Durrence, Glennville, GA
Daughter of Clint and Ginger Durrence
Granddaughter of Ricky & Joy Wilson


2016 BART ALLEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

William Donaghy  - Middleburg, FL 
Son of Leanne and Hugh Donaghy
Grandson of Anita and Jerry Padgett