Kathryn G. Kirkpatrick, a dearly loved retired school teacher and school administrator, died on May 19, 2012. As a result of her lifelong advocacy for education and her love for Haywood County, she created a scholarship, through the Haywood County Schools Foundation, to be awarded to a deserving student to further his or her education.
Born March 14, 1919, to Farady Crawford Green and Georgia Belle Ferguson Green, Kathryn was raised on a farm on Fines Creek. She was educated in that community’s elementary and high school. Upon graduation at age 15, Kathryn attended Carson Newman College and graduated there when she was 19 years of age. She immediately returned to Haywood County to teach at Fines Creek High School. On January 18, 1941, she married Frank W. Kirkpatrick, who was also raised in the Fines Creek community and became a school teacher. Frank then served in the Army in Europe during the WWII. Both Kathryn and Frank taught at Fines Creek and later at Crabtree. Subsequently, both of them continued their professional careers at schools in Waynesville.
She taught math at both Waynesville and Tuscola high schools and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She later worked at the Haywood County Board of Education as a high school supervisor and retired from the school system in 1980. She was a favorite teacher for many students, invited to class reunions and visited often by former students.
A one-time scholarship of $1000 will be provided to the recipient.
• Graduating Senior from a public school in Haywood County
• Participation in extracurricular activities and community service
• Preference given to those entering the education field
BASIS OF SELECTION
The process for selecting recipients of the Kathryn G. Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship will be established by the Scholarship Committee and will make a recommendation for the recipient of the scholarship. The selection process shall consist of a review and evaluation of the scholarship application and possibly a personal interview. The Board of Directors of the Foundation will make the final decision on the recipient of this scholarship. The Board’s decision shall be final. The Haywood County Schools Foundation, Inc., a tax-exempt charitable foundation, will administer the scholarship fund.