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Portal Middle High alumnus awards senior 2.5k scholarship

Portal senior named the first recipient of the Hulsey Scholarship

Portal’s Chandler Sheffield received the $2,500 Hulsey Scholarship, established by Portal Middle High School (PMHS) alumnus Marion C. Hulsey and his wife, Terri; the couple hopes this scholarship will help young people on their education journeys.  

“Portal played such a big part in who I am today,” said Hulsey.  “I hope that the scholarship will provide some assistance to a young man or woman along their journey.”

Sheffield plans to attend Georgia Southern University this fall and major in physical education. He hopes to return to Portal as a physical education teacher and coach once he obtains his degree.

“It’s a great honor to have received this scholarship since Mr. Hulsey graduated from Portal,” Sheffield said. “I learned at honors night that he and I both played basketball and baseball for the Panthers so we’re kind of the same when it comes to that.”

Marion Hulsey is a 1968 graduate of Portal. He and his wife have strong ties to the Portal community, and they have supported the students and faculty at PMHS for many years, especially as members of the school’s athletic booster club.

“Growing up in Portal, my family always considered ourselves to be poor,” Hulsey said. “Being involved in Portal baseball and basketball throughout my middle school and high school years was a blessing. I know how it feels to have the church take up money for a sports uniform or to have a hand-me-down baseball glove.”

Officially named the Marion C. Hulsey & Terri Bell Hulsey Scholarship it will be given each year to a Portal senior who plans to pursue a post-secondary degree.  Seniors may apply annually, and a private screening committee established by the Hulseys will review the applications to select a recipient. A $50,000 trust, managed by Wells Fargo, will ensure the scholarship’s legacy. The PMHS Booster Club will receive the funds each year to disperse to the scholarship winner.

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