Montgomery, Ala.—Fort Payne High School student Troy McCormick was one of the 24 rising high school seniors who participated in the fourth annual Huntingdon College Economic and Community Development Scholars Program June 23-25. Planned in partnership with and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and the Alabama Department of Commerce, ECDS introduces young citizens who are poised to begin their professional journeys to the importance of economic and community development. Troy was sponsored by the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, and will be offered a significant scholarship with Huntingdon College upon his graduation.

The students met with professionals seasoned in the processes of economic and community development, and participated in three economic development simulations. State leaders, including Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth, addressed the program participants.

“We had an incredibly impressive collection of high school students participate in our virtual program last week,” said Huntingdon senior vice president Dr. Anthony Leigh, an architect of the program. “These students are difference makers in their schools and their communities.  I am confident they have been enlightened about what economic and community developers do, and we hope that knowledge has given them an appreciation for the work of growing and bettering their community and our state.”

“This is our second year to partner with Huntingdon College, it is our pleasure to help mold our future leaders of Fort Payne,” said Jennifer McCurdy, Executive Director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce. “Troy is a great representative of our school and community, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, Huntingdon College is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America” by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 6 best regional values and a top 11 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report; among a list of Colleges that Change Lives, by Washington Monthly; among the Best Colleges Region by Region (South) by the Princeton Review.  The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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