Scholarship Donors

The Walter and Lena Anderson Scholarship

Walter and Lena AndersonWalter Lee Anderson was owner and operator of Anderson’s TV and Appliance for over twenty years, after moving his business from Prichard Alabama in the late 1950’s. He was involved in community outreach, mainly through the Lion’s Club. Lena Anderson was a housewife until their youngest child, George, was in middle school and then went back to college at the University of South Alabama to complete her degree in education. She then taught school in Saraland for close to twenty years. Both were children of the depression and, having lived in poverty, were dedicated to assuring that their children received an education and better life. All three of their children, Emalee, John and George graduated from Satsuma High School. Lena spent countless hours in and outside the classroom helping kids achieve a better education.

The Mildred Blass Scholarship

Mildred BlassMildred Pope Blass grew up with four sisters in the small community of Agricola, Mississippi. She was one of only 14 in her graduating high school class. She married William (Bill) Blass while studying at the University of Southern Mississippi. They moved to Mobile, Alabama, where she worked as a legal secretary while adding to her collegiate record, earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of South Alabama. She later added a Masters of Arts in Secondary Education and an Education Specialist Degree, both also from the University of South Alabama.

Mildred devoted a lifetime toward education and community service. She taught high school for 30 years, most of that time at Satsuma High School, where she was a powerful presence for generations. Mildred saw tremendous technological change over her professional life. She started by teaching business education, including teaching short hand and typewriting skills on manual typewriters. By her retirement, she was teaching the latest in computer business skills and today she enjoys talking with her children and many grandchildren on Facetime.

Many of Mildred’s former colleagues and students attribute to Mildred impactful, positive changes in their lives. For example, she helped many students obtain and keep professional jobs through her role as business education coordinator, where she supervised on-the-job training. One of her greatest joys was seeing some of her students remain in these jobs until retirement. On behalf of Satsuma High School, Mildred sponsored a chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America and had many district and state winners to compete at the national level.Mildred has always been involved in her community from teaching Sunday school at First Baptist Church of Satsuma, to teaching business skills in several adult settings.

Mildred and Bill were blessed with four children, Elizabeth, Bobby, Rebecca, and David, who all attended Satsuma High School and all of whom went on to earn higher degrees, including PhDs, Masters degrees and a juris doctorate in law. Her family is actively involved in civic and church activities and, following her example, places great emphasis on the importance of education and civic duties.

Daniel Cowart Scholarship

The Daniel Cowart ScholarshipDaniel Alan Cowart was the founder and CEO of Aaron Oil Company, Inc. His passion for recycling, reclamation, and petroleum production enabled him to grow the one-truck company in 1981 to one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. Dan’s enthusiasm and pioneer spirit also empowered him to found the International Used Oil Research Institute and the International Hydrocarbon Services, LLC in 1995 and 2014, respectively. Dan was also past president of the National Oil Recycler’s Association and served on its the Board of Directors.

One of six siblings, Dan was known for his positive outlook, joy, and exuberance. An accomplished musician and man of great faith, he founded Fellowship Ministries in 1980, which grew to include other ministries, such as Audio Outreach International and The Freedom and Family Tour. Its mission was to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ by taking inspirational country music to radio, military, and NASCAR events.

Vertex Energy, Inc. is honored to help the students of Saraland High School by participating in the Saraland-Satsuma-Chickasaw Scholarship Fund in Daniel Cowart’s name. May his entrepreneurial spirit, avid curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning continue in the hearts and minds of these students as they continue to learn and grow.

The Hudson Scholarship

Hudson FamilyDr. Veronica Elaine Smith Hudson received her BSN from Mobile College in 1984 and her MSN from the University of Mobile in 2003. While working as a Professor of Nursing at the University of South Alabama she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Community Health from the University of South Alabama in 2007.

Dr. Hudson has resided in Saraland since 1965 and graduated from Satsuma High School in 1979. She started working at Springhill Memorial Hospital in 1985 in various positions of Pediatric Nurse, Recovery Room Nurse, Charge Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Supervisor and Nurse Manager. She has worked as a Nurse Manager of Postpartum and Newborn Nursery at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital for the past 13 years. She recently changed positions and now works at USA University Hospital in the Human Resource Office as a Manager of Workforce Development.

Dr. Hudson was selected as one of the first five school board members of Saraland Board of Education in 2007. While serving as a School Board Commissioner she chaired the legal committee and co-chaired the superintendent search committee. She also chaired the Community Advisory Council (CAP) and helped to organized community support that helped to select the Spartan mascot and the red and gray school colors for Saraland City Schools.

Dr. Hudson has been a board member of the Saraland Satsuma Chickasaw Community Education Council since around 2005 where she now sponsors a Hudson Family scholarship. She’s a member of Keep Saraland Beautiful, the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and a sponsor of the Historical Bailey Cemetery. She a longtime member of Freewill Pentecostal Church of God in Mobile. She was nominated as Citizen of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Dr. Hudson was appointed to the City Council in 2009. She was very instrumental in the City of Sarland becoming a Smoke Free city.Dr. Hudson has been married to Fred Hudson for over 36 years. They have two daughters Ashlee & Alisha (both graduates of the University of South Alabama), and two sons Freddie Jr & Adam (graduates of Gulfport Community College and Bishop State Community College) and 4 grandchildren: Aidan, Aubree, Amara, and Tristan. She has a passion and values education and decided to sponsor the Hudson Family scholarship in honor of her family.

The Ron and Theresa Mitchell Scholarship

Ron and Theresa MitchellRon and Theresa Mitchell are honored to help the students of Satsuma High School by participating in the Saraland-Satsuma-Chickasaw Scholarship Fund.

My first year at Satsuma School was in 1954 in the fourth grade and graduated from Satsuma High School in 1963. Theresa graduated from Vigor High School in 1963. We married in 1964 and was blessed with two children, Christi Mitchell Speights, and Scott Mitchell, both Satsuma High School graduates. We have two grandchildren Katelyn Speights and Callie Speights. Katelyn graduated Satsuma High School in 2013 and University of South Alabama in 2017. Callie is a high school student at Saraland High School. I was a member of the Satsuma High School Track Team, pole vault, and enjoy age-division running with the Port City Pacers for most of my life.

After a term in the U.S. Air force and attending two years of college, Theresa and I have lived in Saraland since 1974 to the present. We have started two successful businesses in Saraland: Mitchell Container Services, Inc. and R&T Properties.

Community service is an important part of our lives. I served on the City of Saraland Council for fourteen years and was a mayoral candidate. While on the council I founded the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce and Keep Saraland Beautiful. Since 1985 I have been a member of the Saraland Lions Club and the Saraland-Satsuma-Chickasaw Scholarship Fund.

It is such a pleasure to become a part of other people’s lives through this scholarship. It is our wish that you will take the valuable lessons you have learned at Satsuma High School and become a productive citizen and community leader.

Best regards,
Ron K. Mitchell

Carolyn Owens Scholarship
Joey Summers Memorial Foundation

In memory of Joey Summers, June 6, 1972 to March 7, 1998