Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Winchester Man Receives Scholarship to Motlow College;
Funded by US Bank
October 11, 2011
Surrounding Fraker, from left, are, Marion Anderton, commercial relationship manager for US Bank; Carolyn Littlefield, community president for US Bank; and Jan Rogers, director of advancement at Motlow.
Joel Fraker of Winchester bypassed college as a healthy young adult because he was able to meet his financial needs as owner of a construction business.
As he described it, "Life was good!" In 2007, the life he knew changed drastically. He suffered a compression fracture to his spinal cord in a motorcycle accident and would now face the future as a paraplegic.
Because of his injuries, Fraker was unable to run his business. His biggest worry was taking care of himself and his son without being a liability to society. After much soul searching he decided to apply the same drive and determination to life that he had before the accident. Regardless of his disability, he wanted to reinvent himself. He enrolled in the ACE (Adult College Express) program at Motlow College to begin work on a business degree.
Recently Fraker was awarded the Charles R. Crawford Scholarship to help with some of his college expenses. The scholarship is named in memory of the former operations officer for Trans Financial Bank and is currently funded by new owners, US Bank. Mr. Crawford worked for and with people with disabilities for many years and served as chairman of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Committee for the City of Tullahoma. Crawford also taught computer classes at Motlow for over 12 years.
Carolyn Littlefield, community president for US Bank, said, "We are thrilled to fund the scholarship in Mr. Crawford's memory. The bank wants to help others acquire an education so they can become financially independent in life. On a personal note, my father was a college professor so I am doubly happy to help award this scholarship through US Bank."
Fraker is making good grades in his classes and after earning his associate's degree he plans to pursue a degree in business management. He said, "I am determined to finish my degree and start a new career to further myself in life despite my disability. I hope to be an inspiration for my growing son and to all other disabled people that I may come across in life."
Visit the College website <www.mscc.edu/scholarships> for additional information about Motlow and scholarships available.