About the Hoover Area Chamber

The Hoover Alabama Chamber of Commerce, its staff, members, officers and board members extend a warm welcome to you. We pride ourselves on being one of the South's fastest growing communities, offering new and progressive opportunities every day. Hoover spans almost 50 square miles of territory, involving much of Jefferson County and Shelby County. We promote a healthy business environment, and feature great restaurants, lodging facilities, sporting events, and vacation areas. Click here to read more.

 Lila Parks Scholarships Benefit Students

$21,000.00 in 2015-2016 Hoover Chamber Scholarships Awarded


Thirteen Scholarship recipients were recognized at the May 20, 2015 Chamber Luncheon at Hoover Country Club, although only ten were available to attend the luncheon.  Show from left, standing, are Lila Parks for whom the Lila Parks Scholarship Program is named, Kierra Parker, Joshua Fullenwider, Benjamin Hartmann, Daniel Engel, Nina Mascia, and Elena Ritchey. Seating, from left, Danielle Haynes, Jasmine Fenderson, Sarah Singleterry, and Anastasiya Naydonova.  Recipients not available for the photo included Katelynn Hagerla, Caroline Patterson, and Francie Harris.  

The Hoover Area Chamber's 2015-2016 Lila Parks Scholarships, started in 1997, were awarded at the May 21 Chamber Luncheon. These Scholarships are restricted to public four-year colleges and universities located within the State of Alabama.  Students applying can be from any of the area schools, including all public and private schools, but must either be a Hoover resident, or at least one parent must be employed by the City of Hoover OR a Hoover Chamber member.

In addition, the chamber's Inaugural Forks & Corks Gala last October produced enough revenue that the Chamber offered an additional $15,000.00 in Gala Scholarships, in the name of the sponsoring company that provided the scholarship.  

The following companies offered "Named Scholarships" through their sponsorship: Presenting Sponsor Hendrick Hoover Auto Mall,$5,000.00; Benton Nissan of Hoover, $5,000.00; Schaeffer Eye Center, $1,500.00; American Family Care, $1,250.00; RedShift Creative, $1,000.00; Wrapsody, $750.00; Chamber Scholarship, $500.00, for a total of $15,000.00.

The scholarship winners for the 2015-16 school year included one student from the all-new Helena High School (Danielle Haynes) and one repeat winner from Thompson High School in Alabaster (Sarah Singleterry).  There were eight from Hoover High, and three from Spain Park.  Ms. Haynes will attend the University of South Alabama (USA) and study to become a physician's assistant.  Ms. Singleterry is already a student at Troy University, with a 4.00 GPA in Broadcast Journalism.  

Anastasiya Naydonova is a 2013 Hoover graduate, studying International Studies at the University of Alabama, holding a 3.49 GPA, while Benjamin Hartmann is a 2012 Hoover Graduate, studying Business at Alabama with a 3.42 GPA.
The 2015 graduates from Hoover High School include Joshua Fullenwider, going to Auburn with a 3.94 GPA to study Medical courses; Nina Mascia with a 3.44 GPA, going to University of Montevallo for Elementary Education; Jasmine Fenderson studying Elementary Education at Troy; Kierra Parker, going to UAB to study Business Management; and Caroline Patterson going to Alabama to study Nursing.

The 2015 graduates from Spain Park High School include Daniel Engel, with a 3.94 GPA, going to Auburn to study Nursing; Katelynn Hagerla, going to Montevallo to study Early Childhood Education; and Elana Ritchey, with a 3.98 GPA and going to Alabama to study Public Relations.  
As shown by Mr. Hartmann, Ms. Harris, Ms. Singleterry and Ms. Naydonova, students can reapply in successive years for the scholarships offered by the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. All scholarships presented this year were for $1,500.00 each, except for Patterson, Hartmann, and Haynes.  Those three each were awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship.

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2015 Hoover Service Club Scholarship WInners 

The Hoover Service Club ended its 2014-2015 season Thursday, May 14, 2015 with a day of celebration. The annual Scholarship and Awards Luncheon was held at the Hoover Country Club. Among the attendees was Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey, Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Reese, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Ron Dodson, Hoover High School Principal Don Hulin, Spain Park High School Principal Dr. Ken Jarnigan, and a host of proud parents, family, and Hoover City school's personnel. 

The recipients for the 2015 Scholarship awards from Hoover High School were: Michael Barrett attending Auburn University, Julianna Dinsmore attending Auburn University, Nick Egorshin attending University of Mississippi, Abby Greer attending Georgia Southern University, John Charles Nichols attending Auburn University, Carson Tullo attending of Alabama-Huntsville,and Kevin Wu attending Northwestern University.

Recipients for Spain Park Scholarship Award are: Lindsey Allred attending Auburn University, Altamish Daredia attending University of Alabama at Birmingham, Wes Holley attending Birmingham Southern College, Emily Jackson attending University of Alabama, Elizabeth Sturgeon attending Samford University. The 2015 Margaret Alford Community Service Award was presented to Jordan Cotney from Spain Park High School.

The Hoover Service Club 2015 Middle School Citizenship and Scholarship awards were presented to: Bryce Thornton - Scholarship, Berry Middle School; Emma Storm - Berry - Citizenship, Berry Middle School; Emily Hagood - Scholarship, Bumpus Middle School; Haley Stallworth - Citizenship, Bumpus Middle School; Katelyn Ragland - Scholarship, Simmons Middle School; and Anne Stewart - Citizenship,  Simmons Middle School.

 $6,000.00 in 2015-2016 Lila Parks Scholarship Applications Available

The Hoover Area Chamber's 2015-2016 Lila Parks Scholarships, started in 1997, will be awarded in May of 2015. Applications are available in the Chamber office or online 2016 Scholarship Application. 

These scholarships are available to students who meet at least one of the following criteria:  (1) they must be from Hoover; or (2) be a member of the Chamber or an immediate family member of a Chamber member or employee of a Chamber member; or (3) an employee of the City of Hoover or an immediate family member of a City employee.

 The Scholarship Program is named after Lila Parks, the long-time volunteer who ran the Applied Career Education Program  (A.C.E.) for high school students for the ten years of its existence virtually by herself.  Lila is still active in the Hoover Chamber, often volunteering to help at the Chamber luncheon, and still serves on the Chamber Education and Scholarship Committee.  She retired in 2004 after a long and successful career as an Allstate Insurance agent. 

 The Lila Parks Scholarships will be restricted to public four-year colleges and universities located within the State of Alabama.  Anyone wanting more information about these scholarships can call the Chamber at 988-5672.  Students applying can be from any of the area schools, including all public and private schools, but must meet at least one of the criteria listed above.

Applicants must also submit the first two pages of IRS form 1040 to be considered, as the Hoover Chamber Scholarships are also considered as financial needs based scholarships.



2014-2015 Scholarship Winners

Five local students were awarded the Lila Parks Scholarships in the amount of $1,500.00 each at the May 2014 Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, with the winners determined by an independent committee of Chamber members. Shown from left are Benjamin Hartmann and Francie Harris, both 2012 Hoover High graduates attending the University of Alabama, with 3.56 and 3.98 GPAs, respectively; Taylor Jordan Massey of McAdory High with a 3.98 GPA, planning to attend Auburn University; Patricia Shoultz of Hueytown High, with a 3.93 GPA, planning to attend Alabama; and Sarah Singleterry of Thompson High, with a 4.00 GPA, planning to attend Troy University; and Lila Parks, for whom the Chamber Scholarship Program is named.

The Scholarship Program is named after Lila Parks, a long-time volunteer who ran the Applied Career Education Program (A.C.E.) for high school students for the ten years it existed. Although now retired, Lila is still very active in the Hoover Area Chamber; regularly helping with the monthly Chamber luncheon and serving on the Chamber Education and Scholarship Committee. The Hoover Area Chamber is proud to present these awards in honor of Lila.


 

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