The only thing bigger than Hunter Scarbrough’s smile was his heart.


In his short time on Earth, Hunter made a lasting impression on everyone he met. Whether offering comfort or encouragement to a friend or leading a prayer for someone in need, Hunter always went the extra mile, and he always took someone along with him.


Hunter’s competitive spirit and physical gifts made him a great athlete, but his love for his friends, family and classmates made him the young man who will always be remembered as a shining example of Christ’s love for the greatest and smallest among us.


The Hunter Scarbrough Foundation was created to honor Hunter’s memory by presenting a one-time college scholarship to a high school senior who has demonstrated the qualities Hunter possessed and shared with others, including faith, leadership, academic perseverance, and community service.


Hunter was a blessing to everyone he knew. He will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched. It is our desire that the scholarships presented in Hunter’s memory will help others follow his example.


The Hunter Scarbrough Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization created by Hunter’s family to honor his life and memory by investing in the futures of students who display the characteristics and values that Hunter not only possessed but valued and nurtured in others: Faith, Leadership, Academic Perseverance, and Community Service.

May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love.

—Ephesians 3:17

About Hunter

Hunter Scarbrough was a unique kid. He was 14 years old and 6’2". But that is not what set him apart. His kindness towards others was unparalleled. He had a fabulous smile that caused the recipient to smile back. He was deeply spiritual even from a young age and shared his faith in his own way through Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He never learned to say “No.” He was always the first person those around him turned to for help, encouragement or support. He never refused. And he didn’t have to be asked before offering help.


The week before Hunter passed away he noticed a fellow student at Madras Middle School whose coat was clearly too tight. Hunter didn’t point him out and laugh. He said, “It looks like your coat is a little too small.” The boy told Hunter it was the only coat he had. Hunter didn’t ask someone else to help. He slipped off his book bag, peeled off his sweatshirt and gave it to the boy. When students returned to school after the Thanksgiving break one of Hunter's friends noticed the boy was wearing Hunter’s sweatshirt and asked how he got it. The boy revealed the act of kindness Hunter had not bothered to share with anyone else. Hunter’s action was a reflection of First Corinthians 13:4 who reminds us that “… love does not envy, it does not boast…”


Daryle L. Smith, who works with middle and high school students through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes was a mentor and friend of Hunter’s. He recalls the time a young girl came to him in tears because her brother was sick. Hunter was there and immediately began to pray with his classmate.


On another occasion, Daryle passed out NBA notebooks to the student athletes at Madras. A girl asked if he had more, but he didn't. Hunter gave her his notebook. Smith said Hunter’s acts of kindness to his classmates are too numerous to mention, adding that Hunter will always be remembered for “his character, his love for his classmates, but most of all for sharing his faith in God and Jesus Christ.”


Over the summer of 2016 Hunter worked as counselor to younger kids at Camp High Harbour. His lead counselor, Julianne Domnauer, remembers Hunter as “the kid in the cabin that all the girls swooned over and all the boys bowed down to.” She said Hunter didn't seem to notice. “The best part about it was that Hunter had no idea the kind of effect he was having on other kids in the cabin,“ she said. “He was a natural leader, the kind that received respect without ever once demanding it.”


Julianne remembers Hunter being swamped by a group of younger boys begging “Counselor Hunter” to bob them on the giant float in the lake even though he had spent all his free time the day before doing the same thing. He said, “Sure.”


She recalls young girls coming up to her at dinner and asking where Hunter was so they could invite him to the camp dance.


Julianne Domnauer described Hunter as a “Servant leader, a fierce friend and a warrior for God.” She says, “He inspired me to not only be a better counselor but a better person. I am in awe of the way he lived out his faith and hope to do the same in my life.”


Hunter Scarbrough’s light always shined brightest when he turned it on others. We believe that through the Hunter Scarbrough Foundation, others will be encouraged and inspired to do the same.


Our Board of Directors

  • Dennis McEntire
  • Todd Scarbrough
  • Joni Scarbrough
  • Hannah Scarbrough
  • Brenda Harper
  • Brent Scarbrough
  • Alison Kelleher
  • Gina Weathersby

The Hunter Scarbrough Leadership Scholarship will endow a Newnan High School, Northgate High School and East Coweta High School senior with a one-time donation to be used towards college expenses. Aside from the academic requirements, the student chosen must display the characteristics and values that Hunter not only possessed but valued and nurtured in others: faith, leadership, academic perseverance and community service.


The Foundation will award $7000 to each school; $3500 to a male student and $3500 to a female student.


No application form is necessary. Please provide the following information to your school counselor by March 23 :

  1. Be in good academic standing, with an overall average of 85 on a scale of 100
  2. Participation in at least one extracurricular activity
  3. Participation in Fellowship of Christian Athletes or be active in a faith based youth program
  4. Three reference letters – 1 must be from a High School counselor, 1 must be from a FCA Leader or Leader in your faith based youth program, and one from someone who can speak to the student’s leadership qualities
  5. An essay (not to exceed 1 page in length) in which the applicant speaks on a situation in which he/she has taken a leadership role
  6. Copy of his/her transcript.


The scholarship will be awarded once the student has been accepted to college and enrollment has been confirmed. All applications must be turned in by March 23.


For more information, please contact

Download Scholarship Requirements

Hunter Scarbrough Foundation Awards 2018 Scholarships

Congratulations to the 2018 Hunter Scarbrough Foundation Leadership Scholarship recipients! Each of these deserving students received a $3500 scholarship.


Newnan High School: Garrison Morgan and Addie Andrews


Northgate High School: Robyn Clarke and Kyle McLaren


East Coweta High School: MaKayla Graham and Jakin Buckalew


We know Hunterman would be proud of each of these students and the community for supporting his foundation. Because of everyone’s support we were able to give $21,000 this year!


Previous Scholarship Recipients:

2017 Bennett Rowan


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Our Fundraising Committee

  • Joni Scarbrough
  • Hannah Scarbrough
  • Gina Weathersby
  • Alison Kelleher
  • Leslie Counts
  • Betsy Burnette
  • Olivia Waters

We are overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love and support for our work at the Hunter Scarbrough Foundation. With your continued help, we can provide even more opportunities and scholarships to Coweta County students.


Donations & Apparel


New T-Shirt & Hooded Sweatshirt!



Contributions may also be mailed to:

 The Hunter Scarbrough Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 651

Newnan, GA 30264


Contact Us

The Hunter Scarbrough Foundation, Inc.

PO Box 651

Newnan, GA 30264


501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization


We also want to take this opportunity to bring awareness to teen suicide and to let the youth in our community know that there are many resources available to anyone who is going through a difficult time. While we will never understand why Hunter took his own life, we do feel that Hunter's night terrors and sleepwalking played a role.


Our prayer is that no one goes through the pain we have gone through since losing Hunter. It's our desire to help kids know that suicide is not the answer and help is available. We believe Hunter would want this foundation to help kids know that they are loved and there a people who can help.


Below are websites that provide excellent resources:

A Parent's Guide to Suicide Prevention

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