Flint Springs Ruritan honors two students
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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Flint Springs Ruritan scholarships
COLLIN GWALTNEY, left, receives a $1,000 scholarship from the Flint Springs Ruritan Club president Jim Laub. Banner photo, JOYANNA LOVE
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The Flint Springs Ruritan Club presented two college students with $1,000 scholarships Thursday.

Recipients Joshua Bublitz and Collin Gwaltney are no strangers to the club, having accompanied their parents to help with club events.

Club president Jim Laub said the scholarships were made possible by a very successful Fourth of July barbecue fundraiser.

“It is a pleasure to be able to extend a scholastic scholarship. It is a

double pleasure to extend two. If it had not been for the fantastic participation we had on the Fourth of July, we would not have been able to do this,” Laub said.

The fundraiser has been an annual event for the club since 1982.

Bublitz is a junior biomedical engineer major at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. He is on track to complete his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years

“I’ve always wanted to help people, and I’m good at both math and science,” Bublitz said.

Bublitz said he wants to work in the medical field focusing on “creating medicine to cure diseases.”

Last semester he had a 4.0 GPA.

He said his parents have been members of the civic club for two years.

“When they moved here from San Diego, they joined up and wanted to get involved to kind of meet everybody,” Bublitz said.

Gwaltney is entering his freshman year at Tennessee Tech University as a mechanical engineering major. He also plans to work in medicine, creating prosthetics.

Gwaltney also plans to spend a semester in Germany as an intern with Wacker.

His parents have been members of the club for many years.

“Colin has been a member since he was just a little fellow,” Laub said.

Laub said the club was started by a group of farmers.

“Most of the recipients of our scholarships have been children [who were] raised on the farm,” Laub said. “It has changed now, there is hardly anyone who is a farmer here anymore.”

It is not a requirement to be a member or related to a member to apply for the scholarship.

The Flint Springs Ruritan Club meets the second Thursday of every month, in the old Flint Springs school building next to Flint Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church, off Dalton Pike.

The civic club focuses on helping the community through donations of time and money.