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The 2021 Sue Shelton White Scholarship

Congratulations to Mary Priddy of Brownsville, TN, 2021 winner of the
$2,500 Sue Shelton White Scholarship!

Madison Area Democratic Women awarded its 2nd annual Sue Shelton White Scholarship to Mary Priddy in a ceremony held on Tuesday, March 23rd at Jackson City Hall Plaza. 

Priddy works fulltime at Dynametal Technologies in Brownsville and attends the College of Professional Studies at Bethel University. She has worked at Dynametal for 20 years while successfully raising two children. She will graduate from Bethel University in February 2022 with a degree in business.

Upon notification of the award, Priddy stated, “I'm so grateful to have been chosen by this wonderful organization to receive this scholarship — and for them seeing something special in me. It's been my lifelong dream to attend and complete college. By receiving this award and continuing to work hard, I'm well on my way to completing that dream.”

The scholarship was established by MADW in honor of Sue Shelton White, the West Tennessee suffragist and lawyer who played a pivotal role in winning the equal right to vote for women.

“This is our second year to pay tribute to our own Sue Shelton White by providing a significant scholarship to a hard-working, deserving woman in our area,” said MADW President Debbie Swacker. “Education is a vital component of our mission to empower the women and girls of West Tennessee. We appreciate everyone who supported our online fundraising efforts for this scholarship, ensuring that the scholarship endured during this challenging time.”

Priddy was chosen from a pool of applicants representing eight West Tennessee counties and five educational institutions. The scholarship is designed to assist women who want to complete their education while also managing the demands of work and family. Donations to the 2022 Sue Shelton White Scholarship Fund can be made at the MADW website:  

2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the historic 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees women the right to vote.  MADW's Sue Shelton White Scholarship was established in August of 2019 to honor "Miss Sue", who played a pivotal role in that fight.  After passage of the amendment, she returned to college, earned her law degree and became the first woman attorney to practice in Jackson, TN.

Funds for the scholarship have been raised from MADW members and through donations from caring individuals across West Tennessee.  MADW is grateful to all who donated to this significant scholarship.    

Please contact us at to donate to our scholarship program.

MADWomen is a tax-exempt organization registered with the IRS and all of our work is accomplished with unpaid volunteers. Our needs are modest and a small donation goes a long way to help us support women in West Tennessee.

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