Goldman “Goldie” Barefield Scholarship Continues Making Impact


Barefield ScholarshipNow entering its eighth year, the Goldman “Goldie” Barefield Scholarship recipients were recently announced, with Sweetwater High School seniors Hudson Harvey, Carson Hicks, Jake Littleton, Jalyn Bishop Weston, and Mikalee Martin receiving the honor. The recipients have chosen to attend Tennessee Wesleyan University, with the scholarships totaling $10,000.


Pamela Clark of State Farm Insurance in Sweetwater, established the Goldman “Goldie” Barefield Annual Scholarship fund in 2012 to carry on her father’s legacy. “Goldie” Barefield was a lifelong resident of Etowah and served in the U.S. Army National Guard. Although Mr. Barefield did not have the opportunity to pursue an education, he made it a priority for Clark and her sister to complete their college degrees. Ms. Clark graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan in 1988.


This year, the scholarship committee chose the five deserving students from Sweetwater High School based on applications submitted by the seniors, with each receiving a $2,000 award. In eight years, the fund has raised over $80,000, benefitting 33 recipients. Under normal circumstances, the scholarships would be presented during class night at the school, but this year’s recipients were notified via letter due to the rescheduling of the ceremony.


“I am thrilled that my daddy’s (Goldie’s) legacy continues through this scholarship each year,” said Pamela Clark. “I am so appreciative of Tennessee Wesleyan and the Goldie Barefield Scholarship Committee as they review and consider each of the applicants. I’m so touched that committee members generously add to what I am able to contribute to increase the impact of this scholarship even more.”


“I am so appreciative to Pamela for her commitment to fund these scholarships at Tennessee Wesleyan for many years to come,” said Blake McCaslin, Assistant Vice President for Advancement. “I have been touched by Pamela’s deep love for her father and her desire to keep his legacy alive. I am honored to work with her and the committee each year as they select the student recipients.”


Scholarships are such a worthy investment. The University hopes to inspire others to consider creating a legacy of support through named scholarship gifts. If you would like more information about how you can honor a loved one or carry on your own family legacy, please contact the Office of Advancement at Tennessee Wesleyan University at 423.746.5330.