SEAFORD, Del. --
Allen Harim, a leading producer and processor of No Antibiotic Chicken on Delmarva, presented five students with the first ever Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship, which provides a $2,500 financial award for college.
The Allen Harim Legacy Scholarship was created last month when the company announced they would be using savings from a newly installed solar project to create the program. Children of employees and contract growers wanting to attend college or trade schools were eligible to apply for the funds.
"We are pleased with this year's award recipients, and look forward to creating a legacy that will pay dividends for the families of our employees and growers for generations to come," said President and CEO Joe Moran. "One of our recipients will be the first family member to attend college and obtain a four-year degree. We look forward to helping make dreams come true."
The scholarships are being administered through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, who also presented students with Certificates of Recognition at a lunch reception at Allen Harim's corporate headquarters last week.
This year's winners include (in alphabetical order):
Fantasy Hopkins, of Bridgeville, DE. Her mother Michelle Horne has worked at Allen Harim in the Sourcing department at Corporate Headquarters since 2008. Hopkins graduated from Sussex Technical High School in May and plans to attend the University of Delaware and major in Exercise Science, with the hopes of one day going on to become a doctor. During high school, she enrolled in the Physical Therapy-Athletic Health Care Tech area, and earned a certification to be a Physical Therapy Aide, and also earned a Cosmetology license as part of the school's Academic Challenge program.
Bridgette Laughery, of Seaford, DE. Her mother Sheila Laughery has worked in the Credit Department at the company's Corporate Headquarters since 2008. Bridgette graduated from Sussex Tech in May of 2014 and earned an Associate's Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Delaware Tech. She plans to pursue another Associate's Degree in Construction Management this fall. While at Delaware Tech, she was President of the Da Vinci Club, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Macey Mitchell, of Millsboro, DE. Her parents, Steve and Wendy Mitchell, owns Clear Skies Farm in Millsboro and grow chickens for Allen Harim since last year. She is a graduate of Sussex Technical High School and plans to attend Bryn Athyn College, in Bryn Athyn, Pa., where she plans to become a Special Education teacher. In high school, she played goalie for Sussex Tech's field hockey team all four years of high school and was voted team captain. She will also be playing field hockey for her college team.
Devin Phillips, of Salisbury, MD. His father, Andrew J. Phillips, owns Old Country Farm located on Allen's Mill Road in Delmar, DE and have been a contract poultry grower with Allen Harim since 2010. He graduated from Wicomico High School in June and plans to attend Salisbury University in the fall to study business. During high school, Phillips was the captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team as well as the MVP for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He also participated in the JROTC program, and the Computer Repair and Networking Program through the Parkside Career Technology Center. He is also a graduate of the Young Entrepreneur's Academy through the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, where he applied for his invention called "Swish", a faucet fountain attachment that fits over any size faucet and allows the user to convert it to a water fountain.
Joshua Tucker, of Boonville, North Carolina. His father Charles Tucker has worked in the Breeder Department in Liberty, N.C., since 2010. He has been attending Surry Community College but plans to attend Appalachian State University in the fall, where he hopes to study business and accounting, and be the first person in his family to obtain a Bachelor's degree. At Surry Community College, he was selected as a Student Ambassador and represents the college at various campus and community events.