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2021-2022 School Year Winner

Tyler Wingard

The Roof Tree Foundation proudly recognizes Tyler Wingard, a graduating senior at Lifeway Christian Academy, as the 2021-2022 recipient of The Roof Tree Scholarship, a merit award bestowed in memory of childhood cancer victim Eli Williams of Athens. Independent judges chose Wingard, 18, out of a group of students entering an essay based on The Roof Tree’s “Bloom Where You’re Planted” lecture by David Hargett for high school juniors and seniors.


“We are delighted to have Tyler represent The Roof Tree as one of our recipients,” said Kristie Williams, The Roof Tree founder, and Eli’s mom. “Tyler’s determination to draw positivity from any situation stood out to the judges, and as well as his ambition to serve others in his career and lean on Jesus and God’s Word for guidance. He is an exciting example of the future of the church’s leadership,” Williams said. Wingard, whose character and lifestyle reflect the values and beliefs of Eli, is a perfect choice for the scholarship, Williams added.


Students who plan to further their education upon graduation from high school are eligible to apply for The Roof Tree Scholarship. The winner is selected based on an essay written from the online lecture with considerations for their service in the community; their reputation and participation at school, and their aspirations for the future. The $1,000 scholarship is a one-time award to the academic or vocational institute of the winner’s choice.


Wingard is the son of Peter and Kim Wingard, of Madison, Alabama. He plans to double-major in Kinesiology and Bible at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) in Henderson, Tennessee, with doctoral aspirations in Physical Therapy. As an FHU baseball scholarship recipient, Tyler’s fascination with the mechanics of the human body as designed by its divine creator attracted him to the double major. The combination, he said, opens up opportunities to serve people from many angles.


Commenting on Wingard’s character, Brandon Pressnell, Madison Church of Christ minister where he attends, says, “I have seen his heart in all the hard work he puts into serving others.  He can always be found helping out with projects at our facility but also just answers the call when people are need to join in the ministry.”