Hunter Waters Scholarship
On February 26, 2011, Altamont alumnus Hunter Waters ’96 lost a hard-fought battle with cancer. Many of you may remember Hunter as the younger brother of Richard Waters, class of 1992, or as one of your teammates in either basketball or baseball. Anyone who knew Hunter well will always remember that he was one of the most gracious and loyal friends that one could ever have.
After graduating from Altamont, Hunter went on to Boston University, earning a degree in Broadcasting. While still in college, Hunter began working as an intern for “Larry King Live.” Hunter worked for Larry King right up to the time of his passing, having become a senior producer for the show. Hunter’s job allowed him to travel the world and meet many famous and infamous people. Hunter was wherever the news broke. From Qatar to Cuba to the White House, Hunter always got his story.
In the winter of 2013, Hunter’s wonderful family and his wife Kris decided to start a scholarship fund at Altamont. The Hunter F. Waters Scholarship will provide need-based aid to a student who either attends or wishes to attend Altamont. Scholarships such at the one named in memory of Hunter are unique and invaluable to the recipients. Hunter loved Altamont, and because of that, when the family sat down to discuss ways to honor his life, a memorial scholarship in his name at Altamont was the consensus choice. Hunter affected everyone who knew him in a positive way and it is time that we pass that spirit forward in his honor.
According to Hunter's wife Kris Kelly, "Hunter brought joy to the lives of everyone he met and lived life to the fullest. Even in his absence, he leaves us the gift of so many wonderful memories. Many of those memories were made at a place called Altamont, Hunter’s high school. Altamont had a special place in Hunter’s heart and played a significant role in his life, his education, and his career. It planted the seeds for his love of education, and I believe it was a big reason he always imagined himself teaching in some capacity. This scholarship will keep Hunter’s name and his generous and loving spirit alive for generations to come, alongside his name, and give students access to an education they may not have otherwise had."
To make a donation to the Hunter F. Waters Scholarship Fund, simply click here; in the notes section, please indicate that your gift should be designated for the “Hunter F. Waters Scholarship Fund.” For questions, or to make a gift over the phone, please call Charlotte Russ, Director of Development, at 205.445.1225 or email her. You may also mail your contribution to:
The Altamont School
Hunter F. Waters Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 131429
Birmingham, AL 35213
Hunter Waters '96