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Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Winners!


The Pipeliners Voluntary Fund Scholarship Program is pleased to announce

the following winners. These students successfully completed the scholarship

program requirements and were selected as the highest-ranking applicants. The recipients were chosen by an independent evaluator that scored the applicants according to factors such as their grade point average, the difficulty level of their academic program, the strength of their recommendation letters, and the overall assessment of their essay.


Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients, and to all of our candidates

who are expanding their opportunities through the pursuit of higher

education. Thanks also go to our contributors to the Voluntary Fund who

have made this program possible.



Congratulations to Tyler L. Childs, the 2016-2017 recipient of the Harry Faucett, Jr. Memorial Scholarship!


Tyler L. Childs is the son of Welder member Tommy Childs and Helper member Natalie Childs.   Throughout his undergraduate career at Henderson State University, he participated in various clubs and organizations including Biology Club, Spanish Club, Chemistry Club, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and Student Government Association.  He was honored to be selected to be a part of Alpha Chi Honor Society, Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society, and Heart & Key Service Organization.  He held various positions throughout his years at HSU, including All-Greek Council representative, vice president of Honors Hall Council, campus ambassador (tour guide), and various positions within his fraternity (junior marshal, vice president of recruitment, vice president of programming, and president).  He spent most of his time volunteering and participating in community service events with the Arkadelphia Humane Society, Perrit Elementary School, Arkadelphia Boys and Girls Club, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  He was involved in two research projects, one of which was published for the discovery of the first documented reports of several species of plants found in Arkansas.  He is currently enrolled in his third semester as a physician assistant (PA) student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  While the course load is rigorous, he still tries to volunteer in the community when he has time by seeing patients at the 12th Street Health & Wellness Center.  After graduating from UAMS in 2018, he plans to begin work as a PA.  While he hasn’t yet chosen a specialty, he’s most interested in emergency medicine, endocrinology, and dermatology.  He lives with his fiancée, Katy, and their 2-year-old son, Sawyer.  His hardworking parents are his biggest role models and always inspire him to stay dedicated and fulfill his dreams.


2016 - 2017 Winners


Samantha Jae Christensen is the daughter of Grant and Devon Christensen and the granddaughter of Grant Sample.  She graduated from Jefferson City High School in May 2014.  She currently attends the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, studying strategic communication with an emphasis in art direction.


She currently serves as the president of Mizzou Collegiate Scholars (MCS), an honors society that provides service opportunities within the city of Columbia to Mizzou students.  She volunteers regularly through MCS and through the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center located on the MU campus.  She briefly studied abroad in Europe in January 2016 and has been accepted to participate in a Global Service opportunity in Peru through the MU Office of Service-Learning this summer.  Currently she works as a Student Marketing Assistant for the MU Cambio Center and helps organize its annual Cambio de Colores Conference.


This summer she would like to either participate in the Global Service opportunity in Peru, or work as an advertising or marketing intern in a city besides Columbia.  Long term, she wants to pursue a career in which she can creatively use her graphic design and/or video production skills, preferably in the field of advertising or strategic communications.

Aimee Elliott graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech-language pathology.  She continued her graduate studies at ULM to obtain a Master of Science degree in the same field, where she currently holds a 4.0 GPA.  Aimee was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) throughout her undergraduate career.  Furthermore, she was nominated by instructors within the Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) department to serve as the NSSLHA officer while attending graduate school.  Aimee contributed much of her time volunteering to serve the community in affiliation with ULM’s SLP program by helping to plan and organize events for clients who attend ULM’s Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center, as well as promoting wellness regarding speech, language, and hearing, in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and various health fairs.


Her plans are to dedicate her time to working as an SLP in the medical field, specifically with the adult population, to help them with their communicative, cognitive, and/or swallowing needs to improve their quality of life.  She aims to positively change people’s lives by giving them a voice and the communicative abilities to tell their stories, wants and needs, as well as connect with others.  Aimee is the daughter of 35-year Welder member, Mitchell Elliott, Sr., and wife, Kimberly Elliott.  Aimee is also the granddaughter of 52-year Welder member, Emmitt Elliott.  Her brother, Mitchell DeWayne Elliott, Jr., and two uncles, Marty and Mark Elliott, are also Welder members of Local Union 798.

Phaedra Fouts is the daughter of Rodney and Shannon Fouts and the granddaughter of Scott Bruner, a 19-year Helper member of Local 798.  Phaedra graduated as Valedictorian of her class from Edmond Memorial High School in 2013 as a member of the Oklahoma Honor Society, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Oklahoma Indian Student Honor Society.  In high school, she was highly involved as a DECA member and a state officer for Youth in Government.  Phaedra was both a varsity cheerleader and Oklahoma All-State cheerleader in high school, and she went on to cheer for Oral Roberts University.


Currently, she is studying to obtain her bachelor’s degree as a double major in accounting and Spanish.  Phaedra has maintained a 3.80 GPA and is an active member of the ORU Accounting Society.  Outside of school, Phaedra operates a housekeeping company that serves multiple homes in the Tulsa area.  She also tutors high school students and fellow college students in math and accounting classes.  Phaedra plans to study for and take her CPA exams this summer before going to work as an auditor for Ernst & Young.

Corey Johnson is the son of James Johnson, Local 798 Journeyman Spacer, and Cynthia Johnson.  He is also the grandson of the late Jerry Anderson, Local 798 Welder, and brother of Harley Johnson, Local 798 Helper.  Corey was initiated in Local 798 in August 2013 as a Helper.  He is currently attending Duquesne University School of Law, where he is a member of the Corporate Law Society and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.  He is pursuing a corporate law or business law concentration.  In 2016, he graduated from West Virginia University cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance.  While attending West Virginia University, he was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and was consistently on the Dean’s List.

Hannah Merrell is the daughter of Spencer Merrell, a 40-year Welder member, and the granddaughter of Vernon Merrell, a 58-year Welder member. She attended Searcy High School where she graduated in 2013 with honors and was actively involved in various honor societies.  She is a senior at Arkansas State University studying elementary education.  During her time at ASU she has maintained a 3.6 GPA and been active in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Teacher Education Program, and the children’s ministry at her church.  After graduation in May, she plans to begin a career as a certified K-6 teacher.

Violet Newell is the 21-year-old daughter of Cheryl and Carlton Newell, a 29-year Helper member, from Stephenville, TX.  She is a senior social work major at Tarleton State University in Stephenville. Violet’s hobbies include reading and writing.  She is the risk management officer for Tarleton’s Student Social Work Association.  She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Pi National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, and the Zeta chapter of Phi Alpha Honor Society.  Violet plans to earn her master’s degree in social work after graduation.  She then desires to work with individuals and families in a counseling position.

Je Suis’ Andrew Scott is the son of Mary and Morgan Scott, Welder member of Local 798, and a UA member for 40 years.  Je Suis’ graduated from Mt. Juliet Christian Academy High School in 2014 with a GPA of 3.95.  His high school accomplishments include playing drums in the school concert band for seven years, participating in the Tennessee American Legion Boys State as a student delegate, performing 127 community service volunteer hours, and completing 28 college credit hours during his junior and senior years.


He started flight lessons while in high school and completed his first solo flight at age sixteen.  He was accepted in the Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University, where he is majoring in the Aerospace-Professional Pilot Program.  In 2016, Je Suis’ completed the FAA Part 141 aerospace curriculum.  This program combines class lectures with training flights in airplanes.  His current FAA certification is Commercial Airplane Multi Engine Land with Instrument Rating.  He is currently a senior with a 3.78 GPA, and continues to qualify for the MTSU Dean’s List.  After graduation, he plans to become an airline pilot.


As a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Je Suis’ is part of a society that was founded in 1914 to promote exceptional academic performance and leadership abilities.  As a recipient of the MTSU Presidential scholarship, he performs 75 hours of community service each semester.  He is a senior member of the Civil Air Patrol, which focuses on aerospace education, emergency services, and cadet member programs.  In 2016, he was selected for an internship with the Tennessee Department of Transportation Flight Services Division.


His other scholarship awards include: Tennessee Merit, MTSU Parent Alumni, Tennessee HOPE, Alphonse Cimino Memorial Endowed, and the United Association.  He feels deeply honored to be awarded the Local 798 Voluntary Fund scholarship.

Ashley Toups is a 2015 graduate of Edward Douglas White High School in Thibodaux, LA.  In high school, she was a member of the track and cross country teams as was inducted into the school’s National Honor Society.  She is currently a sophomore at the University of Louisiana at Monroe majoring in pre-pharmacy.  She is a member of Phi Mu fraternity and the Pre-Pharmacy Organization at ULM.  She also made the Dean’s list in her first year.  Ashley is the daughter of Brian and Tina Toups, and the granddaughter of Welder member Johnny Gaudet, a UA member for 42 years.  Ashley plans to attend pharmacy school in the fall of 2018.

Olivia Voss is the daughter of Johnny and Catherine Voss, and the granddaughter of Mark Severn, a 36-year Welder member of Local 798.  Olivia graduated from Haworth High School in Haworth, OK.  She graduated as valedictorian of her class, with a GPA of 4.21.  During high school, Olivia held leadership roles in Quiz Bowl, Robotics, Show Choir, Key Club, Student Council, Varsity Softball, and Varsity Basketball.  Olivia was also a co-founder of the Haworth Hi-5 Mentoring and Tutoring Program.  In addition, she was a member of Varsity Cheerleading, the Oklahoma Honor Society, and the National Honor Society.


Olivia is currently attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University to achieve a bachelor’s degree in English education.  After completing her first semester of college, Olivia was awarded a spot on the President’s Honor Roll for receiving a 4.0 GPA.  Olivia is currently a member of the 2016-2017 President’s Leadership Class.  She is also an active member in SOSU’s Student Government Association and the Zeta Gamma chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.  Recently, Olivia was chosen to attend the Dunham Women of Character Institute in Chicago, IL, as one of two representatives for her Tri Sigma chapter.  Olivia is also a recipient of SOSU’s Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship.  Olivia volunteers in the community, and has done volunteer work for Families Feeding Families, the local Boys and Girls Club, and the local intermediate school, just to name a few.


After receiving her bachelor’s degree in English education, Olivia plans to teach at the high school level and hopefully encourage her students to reach their utmost potential just like she was encouraged by her teachers in high school.

Hannah White is currently an undergraduate student attending Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.  She plans on majoring in English: Writing and Literature and going on to graduate school to obtain a doctoral degree in literature.  She hopes to become a professor of literature at a university and publish her own works.


Hannah attended New Bedford High School in New Bedford, MA, where she played varsity field hockey and participated in spring track and field.  She was also an editor and writer for the school’s newspaper and the editor-in-chief of the school’s yearbook.  She was a member of NBHS’s chapter of the National Honor Society and served as historian for the group.  Hannah also volunteered at a middle school as a tutor for students.


Hannah is a full-time student in her second semester of college.  She works on campus as an attendant at the Corner Pocket, Emmanuel’s game room for students.  She is the secretary and editorial assistant for Emmanuel College’s student newspaper, the Hub, and a member of Philosophy Club.  She made the Dean’s list last semester and plans on maintaining her GPA throughout her time at Emmanuel.

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