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Mauldin Endowed Scholarships Provide Continued Support for UNA Students

Nov. 2, 2017

Bryan Rachal,

University Communications


FLORENCE, Ala. – Thanks to the generosity of the Mauldin Family and Bank Independent, two additional University of North Alabama students will now have a little less to worry about this school year.   Officials with Bank Independent and UNA recognized the newest recipients of the Edward Fennel Mauldin Endowed Scholarships at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total number to six recipients.  The scholarships are in honor of Edward Fennel Mauldin, the bank’s late chairman and father of current Bank Independent President, Macke Mauldin.

The two students accepting scholarships for the first time were Rikki Herche and Kristina Stokes. Herche is a freshman student in the College of Arts & Sciences; while Stokes is a graduate student in the family studies program.   

The four recipients of ongoing scholarships are: Olivia Beavers, a graduate student majoring in education from Killen, and a second-year recipient of the scholarship; Benjamin “Ben” Ish, a senior finance major from Rogersville and third-year Mauldin Scholarship recipient; Gabrielle Ward, a junior social work major from Decatur and a second-year Mauldin Scholarship recipient; and Jeremy Fuller, a sophomore environmental biology major from Sheffield and also a second-year Mauldin Scholarship recipient.

The six recipients were on hand for the announcement Tuesday at the Bank Independent offices on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals.  Macke Mauldin, president of Bank Independent, said the scholarships go far beyond the Shoals. “Educating our young people is the most important thing we can do to positively impact the future of the world.”

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About Bank Independent

Since 1947, Bank Independent has taken pride in serving the customers who count on us to be there for them when they need us most. With 28 branches across north Alabama, we’re committed to providing the best service, designing the most desired products and creating an overall excellent experience for each and every customer. As a local community bank, we believe in building relationships that run deep and that last. All of our employees reside in our local communities, and believe in giving back through investing money and through our volunteering efforts. To become part of a bank that is Radically Original in all that it does, visit us at



The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. UNA also operates a renowned collegiate athletic program in NCAA Division II's Gulf South Conference.  The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.