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Front Page - Friday, December 21, 2018

Ruby Falls honors three employees with scholarship

Ashley Brotherton, , left, Farin Cloyd, Motiva Steiner and Clayton Curole - Photograph provided

Ruby Falls recently selected three employees to receive the annual John Thomas Steiner Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

Farin Cloyd, Clayton Curole, and Ashley Brotherton are receiving the award for their “distinguished passion and commitment to their academic careers,” says a news release from Ruby Falls.

Cloyd began working at Ruby Falls in 2016 as a cashier and tour guide. As the vice president of philanthropy for Alpha Gamma Delta at the University of Chattanooga, Cloyd is committed to ending hunger in Hamilton County.

“I strive to inspire others to make a change in our community,” Cloyd says.

Cloyd plans to pursue a career in journalism as a current events and political reporter.

Curole worked at Ruby Falls prior to his four years in the military serving as a 68W Combat Medic. After his honorable discharged from the Army in 2017, Curole returned to Ruby Falls.

Currently, the Army veteran is pursuing a double major in history and religious studies at the University of Chattanooga.

Curole says, “Ruby Falls has offered me more than just a job. I was given life skills that carried me into the military.”

As a mother to two young boys balancing the demands of college, work and family life, Brotherton understands the importance of hard work and perseverance.

“Receiving this scholarship will not only change my life but the life of my children as well. It has given me the confidence to know that I’m worthy of beating the statistics of young mothers who are attending college,” Brotherton says.

Currently enrolled at Dalton State College, Brotherton is studying biology and plans to pursue a career in medicine as a pathologist.

Ruby Falls established the Steiner Scholarship in 2008 to honor the memory of the former Ruby Falls president and to recognize Ruby Falls’ employees who have demonstrated commitment and passion for their studies, community and careers.

Motiva Steiner, Steiner’s widow, presented the awards.

Source: Ruby Falls