Cole Kilgore was in a wreck with an impaired driver on June 4, 2011, and died 10 hours later on June 5, 2011, at age 19. A 2010 graduate of Creek Wood High School in Charlotte, TN, his parents, Henry and Kathy Kilgore Beeler have offered a scholarship there in his name every year since 2012. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher with plans to attend a 4-year college in any major. In addition to two letters of recommendation, applicants must submit a 250 word minimum essay on the topic of how they or a loved one have been impacted or changed by impaired driving, underage drinking, or alcohol and/or drug consumption. (Examples of consumption can include binge drinking, alcoholism, drug addiction, etc.)
The 2017 recipient of The Cole Kilgore Memorial Scholarship is Amber Simms from Dickson, TN. Amber Simms
Kathy says that she and her Henry were moved by Amber’s heart-felt essay (which, of course, is confidential.) She added that, “Henry and I felt her commitment and achievements during her high school years demonstrate exemplary service and dedication.” Amber was given the $750 award to attend Austin Peay State University with plans to become a surgeon or anesthesiologist.
Kathy says they offer the scholarship each year in an effort to bring awareness to the issues of impaired driving, underage drinking, and alcohol/drug use as seniors head-off to college. “If one student takes the time to apply…and writes an essay on how alcohol and/or drugs has impacted them personally, our hope is hearts may be changed and good choices may follow!”
Cole Kilgore Memorial Scholarship 2017, Amber Simms, with Kathy Kilgore Beeler, Cole's mom