HOUSTON – Zachary White has a plan and now he has the funding to help make it happen.
White was the recipient of the Franklin Corporation Scholarship this spring and hopes to turn the $8,000 award into a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Mississippi State University this fall.
“I can’t tell you how much this means to me,” said White, as he was handed his award by Franklin. “My brother Josh is a junior at Mississippi State and I know how expensive college can be.”
White graduated from Houston High School this spring. He was a member of the Anchor Club, BETA Club and even found time to play football, run track and powerlift. He was member of the Topper Foreign Language Club. White is also a Junior Deacon at Second Baptist Church in Houston.
“I want to thank my parents, my teachers and Mr. Franklin,” said White. “A lot of people have helped me get this far and I don’t want to let anybody down. This is a big opportunity and I want to make the most of it.”
Hassell Franklin, CEO and founder of Franklin Corp., said White comes from a good family and the company is proud of this year’s recipient.
“We have a committee who reviews all the applicants,” said Franklin. “They go over everything and look for the young man or young lady who deserves it most.
“We’ve had a lot of our scholarship winners go on to great things,” Franklin added. “We take pride in assisting students in furthering their education.”
In addition to academics and extra-curricular activities, the scholarship winner has to come from a family currently employed at Franklin Corporation, Franklin Development or Franklin Logistics.
Since 1990 Franklin has awarded over $143,000 in scholarships to children of Franklin employees.
White is the son of Kelvin White, a 25-year line foreman at Franklin and LaQuita White, who is currently a nurse, but worked three years at Franklin while she earned money to continue her nursing education.
Franklin Corp. of Houston was recently ranked No. 17 among the key sources for the U.S. furniture market by Furniture Today.
The upholstered motion furniture company was founded in 1970 by Hassell Franklin. The company has grown to become one of the major employers in the area and a leader in the national upholstered furniture manufacturing business.
Franklin Corp. is among the largest privately held furniture companies in the U.S., and employs more than 1,300 people on its 75-acre campus in Houston.
The Houston plant includes a metal stamping facility, foam fabrication plant, dimension mill, recliner plant, motion sofa plant, logistics company and fully equipped research and development operation. Franklin has sustained double-digit growth nearly every year.
Franklin also established a $1 million endowment at Mississippi State University for the Franklin Furniture Institute, a research and training center benefiting the furniture industry.