Mark Davis earns scholarship from Alabama

It was the chapter's first college assistance award

Donny, Mark and Melody Davis
Photo courtesy of Vickie Plemons
Mark Davis, center, won the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation’s first scholarship. His parents, Donny and Melody Davis, were with him to accept his award.

FLORENCE, Ala. — An Alabama student is getting some financial assistance for college from the Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation Nation (ABFN) this year.

During the state championship in October 2011, the ABFN awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Mark Davis, the son of ABFN No-Boater Angler of the Year Donny Davis. This was the first time the ABFN awarded a scholarship, which will be given annually to an ABFN member or a direct dependent of a member.

“The scholarship is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and it took a couple of years to get all the parts in place,” said Eddie Plemons, Alabama president. “We don’t have a whole lot of money, but we have enough that we can afford to give a scholarship.”

The ABFN set aside the scholarship money from its general funds and established a scholarship selection committee comprised of John Thornton (committee chairman), Tomy Gamble and Tim Windham.

Davis graduated as salutatorian at Russellville High School with a 4.0 grade point average. He was Student Council president, captain of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and captain of both his baseball and basketball teams. During all four years of high school, Davis also helped with Tim Horton’s Fishing for Kids tournament.

Davis plans to attend University of Alabama after finishing his introductory courses at Northwest Shoals Community College, where he is majoring in Civil Engineering.

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