Graduates of  public high schools in Davidson and Williamson counties who plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or graduate school.  Students must have a 3.0 grade point average.  Students  can be undergraduate or graduate students.

Melissa Ann Haught was born in Chattanooga, TN and moved to Nashville with her parents and brother Alex. She attended David Lipscomb Elementary School and John Overton High School where she graduated.  She attended Aquinas college and Vanderbilt University.

Melissa loved young children and volunteered as a reader in elementary and pre-school classrooms and volunteered in the “preemie” department at Vanderbilt Hospital.  She was gifted as a painter, loved music and wrote wonderful letters to her many friends.  She was ill most of her life with depression, as well as other emotional illnesses and was deeply interested in removing the stigma and educating all people about mental health.  She felt that all people should have the opportunity to pursue an education. Melissa died in May, 2008.  It is intended that this scholarship will help others attain their goal of making their education a reality.