Tommy Botell Memorial Scholarship

In 2009, while on a hiking trip my son lost his earthly life and entered into his eternal life with our heavenly father. We created this scholarship in memory of Tommy and as a way of giving back to a community that gave us enormous amounts of love and support during those dark days of our lives.

The families of Reeds Creek School jumped right in to help us and give us comfort. Out of love for us and Tommy they created the Tommy Botell Basketball tournament. The money raised at this tournament is going straight back to the kids of Reeds Creek school by way of various awards and scholarships. The Tommy Botell Basketball Tournament funds this Tommy Botell Memorial Scholarship.

Qualifications are simple: attend Reeds Creek school from 4th thru 8th grade the years Tommy could not, and be an 8th grade graduate of Reeds Creek School. Well…if you know how small our school is then you know that narrows things down quite a bit. We had 3 applications to choose from. You would think that would make it easier but it didn’t because we know these kids, we know their families…. and they’re all great.

However, Reed Creek school principal Jake Hosler, my family, and I unanimously agreed that the person we have chosen is a perfect fit to receive the first Tommy Botell scholarship. She comes from one of those incredible families. They are always out at the school lending a hand to anyone in need. They are at every Tommy event, helping and giving us their support.

This girl is definitely a product of a loving and supportive family. She is caring, she is bright, and she is driven. She wants to help, as she calls them “all the creatures of our planet”. She wants to be zoologist, help save endangered animals, and find ways to protect ecosystems. She will be going to Cal Poly and majoring in Biology. No doubt in mind….she is going to be successful. She is Ms. Katie Parks.

3 Responses to “Tommy Botell Memorial Scholarship”

  1. Tom says:

    Wow, you did a great job. Katie was the perfect choice.

  2. Shannon says:

    Jennifer is a personal friend and a inspiration to all. Tommy was and is still inspiring people today! I love the Botell Family

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