The award looks primarily at the character of the individual applicant. It is open to adult or high school students for outstanding character in the classroom, workplace, and community and is the highest award bestowed by the Metro Tech Foundation. Dr. James Branscum served as Metro Tech’s Superintendent for 13 years. Under his leadership Metro Technology Centers transformed its culture, its leaders and the environment in which its students learn. Dr. Branscum encouraged the organization to focus strongly on Character First, and assisted its students in understanding that career success was incomplete without strong moral and character attributes in the individual. These traits are critical for students to succeed, and they are highly desired by employers. This award is provided in honor of the strong character traits Dr. Branscum demonstrated on a daily basis, and the strong character traits that he encouraged in everyone who came in contact with him, be it a student, a faculty member, or a member of our Board of Education. One scholarship for $2,000 will be awarded annually. Applications are accepted beginning in February. Notice is made in April.