UMS-Wright Named Scholarships


UMS-Wright has been committed to providing a quality education for all who can benefit from it. The named scholarships allow UMS-Wright to offer current students opportunities that otherwise might not be available. It is the addition of these students who enrich the overall learning environment for everyone at UMS-Wright. If you are interested in honoring or memorializing a friend or family member by funding a scholarship in their name, please call 470-9039.


The Jay White-Spunner Awards  

          The Jay White-Spunner Scholarships are funded by contributions from family and friends of Jay White-Spunner. During his life, Mr. White-Spunner achieved notoriety as a businessman who gained success through hard work and a positive outlook on life. He touched others through his optimistic, energetic life.


 The Mary Edna McCall Scholarship

          The Mary McCall scholarship was given by Daniel Thompson McCall, Jr., class of 1927, in loving memory of his wife Mary Edna McCall, wife, mother, and grandmother of UMS-Wright graduates.

 The Honorable Daniel T. McCall, Jr. Scholarship

         The Daniel T. McCall scholarship was established by Mrs. Nancy McCall Poyner in loving memory of her father,  Judge Daniel Thompson McCall, Jr., UMS Class of 1927. Judge McCall had a distinguished career as an attorney and judge. During his life, he served as a member of the Supreme Court of the State of Alabama and was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Julius T. Wright School for Girls. 

 The Edward Chesley Greene, Sr. Scholarship

          The Edward Greene, Sr. scholarship is given in honor of Eddie Greene who was a UMS-Wright parent, a UMS-Wright trustee and UMS-Wright Board Chairman. This is awarded to a student who makes obvious contributions to UMS-Wright, and sets a good example for other students by giving their best effort in all they do each day.

  The Edward C. Greene, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

        The Edward Greene, Jr. scholarship is awarded to a student who has a contagious, uplifting personality, and exemplifies the qualities of loyalty, humility, and friendship – all of which Edward possessed. The award is made possible by the Greene family, the UMS-Wright Class of 1996, the Vanderbilt University class of 2000, and many others whose lives were touched by Edward. His determination to excel and his intent to enjoy everything he endeavored set him apart as a leader. Click here to donate to the Edward Green, Jr. Scholarship

The Waitsell Shawn Stillwell Scholarship

The Waitsell Shawn Stillwell Scholarship was established and funded by Waitsell Shawn Stillwell.  The scholarship was established in Mr. Stillwell’s will that he had prepared in 2008.  Mr. Stillwell was a graduating member of the class of 1968.  This was the 75th graduating class in the school’s history, and Mr. Stillwell was a member of the first class to attend 12 years of classes in the present building on Mobile Street. Mr. Stillwell and his family truly loved UMS-Wright Preparatory School. While at UMS-Wright Mr. Stillwell was a loyal friend and excellent student, and he was a member of the UMS-Wright Band his entire enrollment at UMS-Wright. He and his family were very proud of their Native American heritage and his scholarship reflects his desire to assist students of Native American descent, whether it be male or female.


  The Lyon Newell Memorial Scholarship

          While at UMS-Wright, Lyon was an unwavering teammate and a loyal friend. The Lyon Newell Scholarship is awarded to a student who displays these characteristics as well as having a positive impact on  UMS-Wright. The award is made possible by Mrs. Hetty Newell, Lyon’s mother, Mr. James Newell, Lyon’s father, and by friends of Lyon and his family. Lyon and the other members of the Class of 1998 displayed both good humor and helped those around them enjoy their time at school and school events.  Even among a class filled with memorable individuals, Lyon Newell still stood out from the crowd. Click here to donate to the Lyon Newell Scholarship 

 The Eddie Holmes Legacy Scholarship 

        The Eddie Holmes Legacy scholarship honors the memory of one of UMS-Wright’s most iconic staff members. Coach Eddie Holmes was one of the most successful high school coaches in Alabama High School sports history.  In particular, his teams’ excellence in both golf and basketball resulted in his being selected to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame.  He excelled as a player and coach in multiple sports, and his competitive spirit helped him in both of these roles. Click here to donate to the Eddie Holmes Legacy Scholarship

 The Elizabeth Worley Haffner Memorial Scholarship

           Betsy Haffner was an educator who taught at Julius T. Wright School for Girls.  She was the first female Board member, serving on the Boards of Trustees of UMS and UMS-Wright from 1985-1996. The Elizabeth Worley Haffner Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor the memory of this very special lady by her son Chip, UMS-Wright Class of 1990, and his wife Stephanie.  Betsy always demonstrated good judgment, great insight, and unwavering compassion. Most of all, she was a person who loved and cherished her family.   

   The Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Thurber, Jr.  Scholarship

          This award was established by family members of Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Thurber, Jr., who were known by their family and friends as Chum and Catharine. Chum was one of the visionary businessmen who made possible Mobile’s economic and cultural growth after World War II. Mr. Thurber was also a member of the UMS Board of Trustees, and he and Catharine helped shape the lives of Mobilians who continue to lead our city today.

 The Krisanna Elisabeth Roberts Scholarship

       The Krisanna Elisabeth Roberts Scholarship is presented to a rising senior whose enthusiastic participation in the arts programs here at UMS-Wright has contributed significantly to their successes. The recipient must display an obvious love for and commitment to the fine and performing arts through consistent enrollment in arts classes and involvement in extracurricular arts events. This award is made possible by friends of Krisanna Roberts who wish to encourage UMS-Wright students to emulate her optimism and pure joy in celebrating life through the arts.  In her brief fifteen years, Krisanna never wavered in her belief that life is to be lived fully and well.  She was happy for the smallest or largest part in a play or concert, and when she wasn’t performing or creating art herself, she was in the audience or the gallery cheering her friends and classmates along.  Expressing herself through art was so much a part of Krisanna that her favorite pastime was drawing and painting through which she showed us time and again how beautiful life was to her. This is our most recently named scholarship and the only one that recognizes a student who strives and achieves in the arts, just as Krisanna, one of UMS-Wright’s “noblest” spirits, excelled in a world of creativity, imagination, and performance. - Click Here to Donate to the Krisanna Elisabeth Roberts Scholarship

The Henri McMillian Aldridge Award 

        The award was established in memory of Henri McMillan Aldridge by his family and is presented to a rising senior who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to community service. Mr. Aldridge, a WWII PT Boat Commander at the D-Day Invasion, was Mobilian of the Year in 1964. His community service and leadership included being Chairman of the Julius T. Wright School’s Founding Board of Trustees, Chairman of the USS Alabama Battleship Commission, President of the Mobile Rotary Club, and an Elder at Government Street Presbyterian Church.


The Michael George Scott Scholarship

              The Michael George Scott Scholarship has been established to honor Michael Scott '07 who passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2016. Funds will be used to provide an annual scholarship named for Michael and will be presented to a UMS-Wright student-athlete who exhibits a zest for life, imparts happiness and joy to others, and demonstrates a commitment to UMS-Wright athletics. Michael’s contributions to the UMS-Wright athletics program are remembered as the two-year starting Varsity Football Quarterback, three-year starting Varsity Basketball Point Guard, and Varsity Track Sprinter. His success includes: Football State Championship MVP, Most Valuable Football Offensive Player, and the Bruce Filippini Award given annually to the football player who demonstrates a “Never Say Die” attitude. However, those who knew him well most recall the positive impact Michael had on people’s lives with a beaming smile, general love of life, friends, and family, and a charismatic personality. Most importantly, Michael was a man of character on and off the field. Without fail, he was someone who could be counted on to do the right thing when it mattered without any hint of hubris because of his talent and success. Click here to donate to the Michael George Scott Scholarship.



The William Alexander Lewis Mitchell Memorial Scholarship 

          William Alexander Lewis Mitchell had attended UMS-Wright for almost fourteen years before his tragic death in his senior year in 2005. Though he was so much more than just a high school athlete, it was his basketball skills and his dedication and passion for it that really distinguished his years at our school. Click here to donate to the William Alexander Lewis Mitchell Scholarship.


The Paul D. (Bubba) and Mary Ann B. Murray Family Scholarship

      The Paul D. (Bubba) and Mary Ann B. Murray Family Scholarship is intended to reward a student genuinely committed to maximizing the student’s potential in mind, body, and spirit. The student should be a rising 9th grader who is humble, of high integrity, and a hard worker that does not waste God-given abilities.


The David Miller Award

David Miller was one of UMS-Wright’s most talented, competitive, and successful student-athletes in the school’s sports history.  He led his high school golf team to multiple state championships before accepting a golf scholarship to SEC powerhouse and NCAA Champion, the University of Georgia. After a collegiate career filled with individual and team awards, David spent some time as a pro golfer, but he eventually chose to leave professional golf to dedicate himself to being a father and husband. He then moved on to be the assistant pro at Steelwood Country Club where he taught golf lessons. His love for the game and positive influence on golfers throughout the Southeast has lasted beyond his untimely death. Click Here to Donate to the David Miller Award


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