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Walton Education Foundation awarded 18 Walton County senior high school students as nominees in the inaugural year of “No Ordinary JOE” scholarship program at the Walton County School Board meeting, held on February 1, 2022. The scholarship program is funded by The St. Joe Community Foundation.

“As Education is one of the Foundation’s pillars, this scholarship initiative recognizes the community’s extraordinary students who exhibit a strong sense of community and service,” said April Wilkes, Executive Director of St. Joe Community Foundation.  “We want this initiative to encourage more students to become leaders in their communities.”

Walton County students selected in the scholarship program are nominated by their school administrators and receive $500 scholarships along with a special gift.  Nominees are then eligible to make application to become their school’s No Ordinary JOE and receive an additional $2,500 scholarship.  These winners will be announced in March 2022.  Each of these students, one from each of the county’s public high schools, will then be invited to interview with a Selection Committee where one student will be named as Walton County’s No Ordinary JOE and receive an additional $10,000 scholarship. Walton County’s No Ordinary JOE will be announced in May 2022.

“Walton Education Foundation is proud to offer a connection of resources for Walton County students and this scholarship funding is an example of our mission to serve the education community in our county,” said Lindsey Harp, Executive Director, Walton Education Foundation.

Requirements and application details can be found at


2022 No Ordinary Joe Walton County Nominees


Freeport High School

Gabrielle Leavins

Chad Patterson

Olivia Rodgers


Paxton School

Hailey Sexton

Cassie Varnham

Haley Hayes


Seacoast Collegiate School

Knoxye Grinstead

Ben Fanum

Reagan Wells


South Walton High School

Hayes Gibson

Dalton Robinson

Jazlyn Karakorn


Walton Academy

Emily Heath

Hunter Blank

 Elizabeth Doyle


Walton High School

Paige Crews

Emily Casey

Wes Corbin


About The St. Joe Community Foundation

Since its inception, The St. Joe Community Foundation has provided more than $33 million in grants to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. The Foundation provides charitable grants toward the civic infrastructure of communities in Northwest Florida. The Foundation’s primary focus is strengthening education, improving healthcare, protecting the environment and supporting local cultural interests. These efforts help build healthy, caring, long-lived communities. More information about the St. Joe Community Foundation can be found on its website at


About Walton Education Foundation

Walton Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1995 by a rising need for support specific to teachers in Walton County. Growth has expanded the Foundation’s mission to support the entire education community including all teachers, each school, and every student. Walton Education Foundation provides annual giving and volunteer opportunities through a series of educational programs and grants including its Classroom Grant Program, as Take Stock in Children Lead Agency, and additional support of special events through the Walton County School District. We invite you to learn more about our initiatives at