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Established Scholarships

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* Indicated Endowed Scholarship

13WMAZ/TEGNA Foundation Scholarship
Awards are made annually to rising juniors enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Communications & Information Technology and majoring in New Media at Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship is made possible by 13WMAZ and a grant from The Gannett Foundation.

1959 Class of Ballard-Hudson, Lanier and Miller High Schools Endowed Scholarship *
Awards are made annually to students pursuing a degree at Middle Georgia State University and who graduated from Bibb County’s Central High School or Rutland High School. The fund was established by members of the classes of 1959 of Ballard-Hudson, Lanier and Miller high schools, the legacy schools of Central and Rutland. Kept segregated by race and gender in the 1950s, all three classes came together for the first time in 2009 for a single 50th anniversary class reunion. In commemoration and celebration of that milestone occasion, this scholarship was established, intended to leave a lasting social and financial legacy to future generations of Bibb County students.

A. Donald Faulk, Jr. Scholarship *
Provide a scholarship to a Middle Georgia State University student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from the Middle Georgia State University School of Health Sciences; first consideration is given to students pursuing a degree in healthcare administration. Established by Central Georgia Health System (CGHS), this scholarship commemorates Faulk’s retirement from The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) with 39 years of service to The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), including 15 years as president and CEO. Under Faulk’s leadership, the hospital achieved national recognition as an academic medical center, and was designated a Level 1Trauma Center and Magnet® hospital for nurses. As a member of the Middle Georgia State University Foundation (now Middle Georgia State University Foundation) from 2001-2010, Faulk helped forge an ongoing partnership between the hospital and the college and facilitate significant contributions to benefit the college’s School of Health Sciences, including an endowed nursing professorship and the Barbara J. Stickel Central Georgia Health System Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Nursing.

Addie Taylor Foskey Endowed Scholarship *
This award is made annually to a student who is admitted to the Middle Georgia State University School of Education and pursuing a degree in early childhood education. This scholarship was established by F. Dewayne Foskey, president of Children’s Friend Learning Centers, to honor his mother, Addie Taylor Foskey. Because her family circumstances took priority over formal schooling, Mrs. Foskey never completed her own education; yet she instilled in her children her love for learning, and she taught by example the importance of helping and serving others.

Alumni Association Scholarship
Awards are made annually to high achieving entering freshmen who are children or grandchildren of MGA alumni, and are pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Middle Georgia State University.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) – Macon Branch Scholarship
One award is made every three years to a nontraditional female student, 25 years or older, who has demonstrated academic success and is entering her final year towards achieving a bachelor’s degree at Middle Georgia State University. Preference is given to residents of Macon or Middle Georgia. The mission of the national organization of the AAUW is to promote equity and education for women and girls. In accordance with that mission, the Macon Branch of the AAUW established this scholarship to benefit and support women who are nontraditional students.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Houston Peach Branch Scholarship
This fund is established by the AAUW – Houston Peach Branch which seeks to uphold the organization’s national mission of promoting equity and education for women and girls by providing scholarships for Middle Georgia State University students. Scholarships will be awarded to a non-traditional (25 years of age or older) female student who is entering her junior of senior year with 60+ credit hours and making satisfactory progress towards earning a bachelor’s degree from MGSU.

Anna M. Nemec Memorial Scholarship
An award is made annually to a psychology major with a minimum 3.0 GPA with demonstrated financial need who has completed at least 12 semester hours. Enrollment in 10 credit hours per semester is required. Dr. Anna M. Nemec, former chair of the college’s Social Sciences Division, taught psychology at Middle Georgia State University from 1973 until her death in 1991.

Anne Newton Phillips Memorial Scholarship *
Awards are made to students from Cochran or Bleckley County enrolled full-time at Middle Georgia State University and living in a residence hall on the Cochran Campus. This scholarship was established by Leo L. Phillips, Jr., and John R. Phillips to honor their mother, Anne Newton Phillips.

Association of Old Crows Scholarship
Awards are made annually to students with demonstrated financial need enrolled full-time at Middle Georgia State University and pursuing a degree in engineering, hard sciences or information technology. Recipients must be U.S. citizens and live in one of the following Georgia counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Crawford, Dodge, Dooly, Houston, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Taylor, Telfair, Twiggs or Wilcox. The scholarship is renewable, provided the recipient maintains an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher, receives no course grade less than 2.00, and continues to be enrolled as a full-time student. The spirit of the Dixie Crow scholarship program is to promote awareness of the defense industry and to encourage students to consider a career in defense-related jobs.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Aviation Scholarship *
Awards are made to Middle Georgia State University students who are enrolled full-time in any aviation certificate or degree program offered by the School of Aviation, have demonstrated professionalism and a strong work ethic, and who have completed a semester of program-specific courses with a minimum 3.5 GPA in program courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, Inc., based in Atlanta. Though the company’s beginnings were humble, today ASA is one of the world’s largest and most successful regional airlines. With a fleet of 127 aircraft, ASA carries more than 20,000 passengers on 800 flights to 100 North America destinations daily. The company employs more than 6,000 aviation professionals, including 2,500 in Georgia. ASA established this scholarship in honor of its employees and to help support the future of a growing industry.

Auburn & Pauline Webb Scholarship *
This scholarship is designated to benefit Middle Georgia State University students who have demonstrated financial need. The fund was established by John A. Jeffries in memory of his parents, Auburn and Pauline Webb, both of whom were alumni of Middle Georgia College, now Middle Georgia State University.

Barbara J. Stickel Central Georgia Health System Presidential Scholarship in Nursing *
This award is made annually to a high-achieving incoming freshman pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Middle Georgia State University, and who is notable for: Exemplifying academic excellence on national achievement exams; graduating with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA; and, preferably, demonstrating service to others. The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three consecutive years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and is making satisfactory progress toward graduation. Established by Central Georgia Health System, this award honors Barbara J. Stickel, retired nursing officer, and her distinguished 40-year career of recognized leadership in the field of nursing.

Bertie Mae Garrett Scholarship *
This scholarship is designated to benefit Middle Georgia State University aviation students who are not receiving other scholarship assistance, including HOPE; preference is given to a student pursuing higher education despite facing life changes. The fund was established by Bertie Mae Garrett, an alumna and emeritus faculty member of Middle Georgia College, now Middle Georgia State University.

Betty and Ellen Evans Scholarship *
This scholarship is designated to benefit a Bleckley County High School graduate with a core academic GPA of at least 3.2 attending Middle Georgia State University. The fund was established by William H. and Ann Evans in memory of William’s sister, Betty Jean Evans, and his mother, Ellen F. Evans; additional contributions were made by family and friends.

Bill Elieson Scholarship for Excellence in Information Technology *
This award is made to a full- or part-time information technology major who has completed 15 hours of upper-level IT courses; consideration is given to the student’s GPA in information technology courses, participation in IT-related activities and clubs and the quality of knowledge, learning and attitude shown by the student. Financial need is also considered. This scholarship honors Dr. Bill Elieson, who provided outstanding leadership and wise counsel to students, faculty and administration during his six-year tenure as chair of the School of Information Technology at Middle Georgia State University.

Billy Lee Kimbrel Memorial Scholarship *
An award is made annually to a Middle Georgia State University student admitted to the education program and pursuing a degree in early childhood education. F. Dewayne Foskey, president of Children’s Friend Learning Centers, established this scholarship to honor educator Billy Lee Kimbrel, who served in the Coffee County School System in Douglas, Ga., from 1954 to 1982. Kimbrel’s time was spent primarily as an industrial arts instructor where he taught mechanical and architectural drawing. In 1975, the Georgia Association of Educators recognized Kimbrel as Georgia Teacher of the Year. Two years later he received a Certificate of Commendation from the state of Georgia for his dedication to teaching. His efforts served as a positive influence on the lives of the young men and women whom he taught.

Bobbie Y. Kilchriss Nursing Scholarship *
Awards are made to students pursuing a degree in nursing at Middle Georgia State University. This scholarship was established by a gift from the estate of Bobbie Yearty Cranford Kilchriss, a licensed practical nurse who wished “to help deserving persons to study nursing who could not otherwise do so.”

Bobbye B. Singley Memorial Scholarship *
An award is made annually to a student enrolled at Middle Georgia State University who is 40 years of age or older, a native of Georgia and a graduate of a Georgia high school. Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. Bobbye Bazemore Singley had strong ties to Middle Georgia State University as a student and employee. She exhibited high moral character, was committed to learning and showed great determination and dedication. The Bobbye B. Singley Memorial Scholarship was established to recognize a student’s commitment to education and career goals.

Byrd Family Scholarship *
This scholarship is awarded annually to a Middle Georgia State University student with demonstrated financial need, who graduated from a Houston County high school within the past ten years and is pursuing a degree in education or nursing. The fund was established by Mark Byrd, owner of Byrd and Company, in honor of his wife, Amy Byrd, and in recognition of the genuine love and devotion she expressed to the children she taught as a special education and kindergarten teacher in the Houston County School System, as well as her commitment to her family as a wife and mother. The scholarship also honors Mr. Byrd's mother, Betty Byrd, for her contributions to her family and community as a registered nurse, active member of Centerville First United Methodist Church, Master Gardener, wife and mother.

C. Arch J. Cook Scholarship
An award is made to benefit a deserving student at Middle Georgia State University; recipients must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Captain Bryan Walker Wilmoth Scholarship
This scholarship is designated for the rising junior with the highest GPA who is enrolled in the aviation program at Middle Georgia State University. Capt. Wilmoth, who retired in 1989 after a distinguished 26-year career as a pilot with Eastern Airlines, passed away in 2007. This fund was established in his memory by his wife, Susan Wilmoth, family and friends.

Carl & Edna Kuipers Scholarship *
Preference for this award is given to students pursuing a degree in the medical or health field at Middle Georgia State University. Carl Jacob Kuipers was a professor of biology and chairman of the division of biological sciences at Middle Georgia College, now Middle Georgia State University, until his retirement in 1976 after 26 years of service. His wife, Edna, was dorm director for several years. This scholarship was established in their honor by their family.

Centennial Scholarship *
This scholarship is designated to benefit a full-time Middle Georgia State University student from outside the middle Georgia region with demonstrated academic merit. The award was established with funds raised through the Centennial Campaign, a comprehensive fundraising effort by Macon State College, now Middle Georgia State University, conducted in the early 1990s.

Chandler A. Reid Memorial Scholarship *
This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior with a minimum 3.50 GPA who is majoring in chemistry, preferably, or biology with a minimum GPA or 3.50. The scholarship is renewable as long as the student is making satisfactory progress towards earning a bachelor's degree and maintains a minimum 3.50 GPA. Novetta and Kevin Reid established this scholarship in memory of their son, Chandler, an intelligent, multi-talented young man who aspired to help others through a career in medicine. In 2011, he was a perfectly healthy 21-year-old senior studying biology and chemistry at Mercer University when he was stricken with a myocardial virus that attacked his heart. Chandler fought the disease gallantly for 18 months, undergoing five open-heart surgeries, lung surgery and several other invasive procedures before succumbing to the virus on July 9, 2012.

Charles H. Jones Family Foundation Presidential Scholarship *
An annual award is made to a high achieving entering freshman pursuing a baccalaureate degree at Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship is renewable for three years if the student maintains at least a 3.25 GPA and satisfactory progress toward graduation. As a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Charles H. Jones was passionate about improving access to public higher education throughout Georgia and committed to playing a very positive role in restructuring facilities and fiscal management in the University System. This fund was established by Charles H. Jones and the Charles H. Jones Family Foundation.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship
Awards are made to benefit deserving students at Middle Georgia State University. Founded in 1886, the Coca-Cola Company is the world's leading manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups, used to produce nearly 400 beverage brands. Corporate headquarters is in Atlanta, with local operations in over 200 countries around the world. This scholarship is supported by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in partnership with Middle Georgia State University.

Community Foundation of Central Georgia Scholarship *
Awards are made to benefit deserving students at Middle Georgia State University. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) was founded in 1993 by a group of citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening the community. The CFCG helps donors establish long-term charitable funds using the most tax-advantaged methods to benefit their causes and our community.

Community Foundation of Central Georgia Scholarship in Business *
An award is made annually to a junior or senior majoring in accounting, marketing, finance, management or other major course of study in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Business & Information Technology at Middle Georgia State University. Recipients must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia (CFCG) was founded in 1993 by a group of citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening the community. The CFCG helps donors establish long-term charitable funds using the most tax-advantaged methods to benefit their causes and our community.

ComSouth Corporation Scholarship *
This scholarship is designated for full-time students enrolled at Middle Georgia State University who live in a household serviced by ComSouth Corporation, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, maintain satisfactory academic progress and demonstrate a strong work ethic and sense of professional responsibility. This scholarship was established by ComSouth Corporation, an integrated independent telecommunications company serving the cities of Hawkinsville, Perry, Fort Valley, Cochran, Unadilla, Pinehurst, Marshallville, Kathleen, Bonaire and Warner Robins, as well as parts of Pulaski, Houston, Dodge, Dooly, Bleckley, Peach and Macon counties. ComSouth has an established reputation as a forward-looking organization that is dedicated to the latest technology and gives back to its neighbors.

Craig Young Baseball Scholarship
The Fund is established to honor Craig Young who served as head baseball coach for 16 years at Middle Georgia College (now Middle Georgia State University). Coach Young's success began just two years after he assumed the helm in 1997, when his 1999 team won the region tournament and he was named region coach of the year. He was inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Four of his teams in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2009 advanced to play in the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Craig graduated from high school in Blairsville, Georgia and played both football and baseball at Georgia Southwestern College. He served as head baseball coach at Elbert County High School and at Abraham Baldwin College. Pay out of funds shall be used to award a scholarship to a full-time Middle Georgia State University student on the baseball team with a minimum 2.5 GPA who displays good moral work and does not have any disciplinary actions. Preference should be given to a student who has completed at least two semesters.

Dr. David A. Bell Presidential Scholarship for the Humanities *
This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman who achieved 1200 or greater on the reading and math portion of the SAT, graduated with a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and plans to pursue a bachelor's degree at Middle Georgia State University with a major in the humanities, including, but not limited to, English, history, philosophy and the arts. The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of three consecutive years, provided the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and is making satisfactory progress toward graduation. The Middle Georgia State University Foundation Board of Trustees established this scholarship to honor David A. Bell, Ph.D., for his exemplary leadership of Middle Georgia State (now Middle Georgia State University) from 1997-2011, during which period the college experienced the most accelerated growth in its history. This scholarship serves as a lasting tribute to Dr. Bell for his many contributions to the institution, the region and its citizens.

Dr. David R. Adams Memorial Scholarship in Information Technology *
An award is made to benefit a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology at Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship renews annually provided the student maintains a 3.5 GPA and continues satisfactory progression toward graduation. Dr. David R. Adams was a professor at Middle Georgia State College, now Middle Georgia State University and the college’s first Peyton Anderson Eminent Scholar; he was known as much for his sense of humor and easygoing demeanor as for his intellectual genius. This scholarship was established in Dr. Adams’ memory.

Dean & Mrs. J.P. Vidosec Scholarship
Awards are made to a Middle Georgia State University rising sophomore ranked in the upper one-third of his or her class who is a U.S. citizen and has demonstrated the aptitude and desire for community service. Dr. Vidosec was academic dean at Middle Georgia College, now Middle Georgia State University; he and Mrs. Vidosec established this scholarship in memory of their parents.

Donald C. Foskey Memorial Aviation Scholarship
The Donald C. Foskey Memorial Aviation Scholarship was established by Linda Foskey in memory of her son. The Donald C. Foskey Memorial Aviation Scholarship awards an annual scholarship of $500 to a full-time Middle Georgia State University student enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology (Airframe and Power Plant) Certificate Program or in the Aviation Maintenance Technology Associate Degree Program. The student must have a minimum of 3.0 GP after completing at least one semester of program specific courses. First preference will be given to a non-traditional student and additional preferences to a student who is not eligible for the Pell Grant.

Dr. Barbara Thomas Frizzell Scholarship in Business *
Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business are eligible for this award; recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership and community service. Established by friends, family and colleagues, this scholarship honors Dr. Barbara Frizzell for 33 years of exceptional service to Middle Georgia State College now Middle Georgia State University, as a professor of economics and vice president for academic affairs (VPAA). In 1997, Dr. Frizzell was honored as a Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and under her leadership as VPAA from 2003-2009, the former Middle Georgia State College, now Middle Georgia State University experienced unprecedented growth in new degree offerings, student enrollment, and the number of full-time faculty.

Dr. Bernadette K. Loftin Scholarship *
This award provides scholarships for Middle Georgia State University students pursuing a degree with a major in history. Dr. Loftin was a much loved and respected member of the Middle Georgia State University and Cochran community. She established this history scholarship in the years just prior to her death in 2002.

Dr. Charles L. Quinn Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Music *
The scholarship fund was established by Sandra Nash to honor the memory of her son and to enrich the lives of music students in Middle Georgia for years to come. The scholarship is to be awarded to a MGSU student majoring in music with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Priority is given to a Georgia resident. If more one than one applicant qualifies for the scholarship, the scholarship committee may either request an audition for the scholarship, or use the evaluation from a previous audition for the music program at MGSC.

Dr. J. C. Ledbetter Scholarship
Provides a scholarship to a MGSU student. Preference is given to a chemistry or engineering student.

Dublin Campus Brick Scholarship *
This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional academic promise and attends the Dublin Campus of Middle Georgia State University; special consideration is given to non-traditional students. This fund was established with the proceeds from a commemorative brick campaign designed and initiated by a Citizens’ Advisory Committee of local Laurens County leaders. With assistance from the Dublin Rotary Club, the 11-person committee sold 835 bricks county-wide, raising more than $42,000 to benefit the Dublin Campus scholarship.

Ed Allen Memorial Aviation Scholarship *
Awards are made to students enrolled full-time in an aviation-related diploma or associate degree program offered by the School of Aviation at Middle Georgia State University. Captain Ed Allen was an accomplished pilot with the U.S. Air Force, test pilot and Director of Flight Operations for Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation. At the time of his death in 2001, Ed was the holder of 15 national and world speed records in various Falcon models and had flown over 14,000 hours as pilot in command. Dassault Falcon set up this scholarship in his memory so that many deserving students could pursue their education dreams in the skies. Captain Allen’s love for aviation lives on through these scholarships.

Emory Greene Memorial Scholarship
An award is made annually to a Bibb County resident enrolled at Middle Georgia State University; special consideration is given to students with financial need who demonstrate a commitment to public or community service. Emory Greene served on the Bibb County Board of Commissioners for 17 years and was chairman at the time of his death in 1990. He was a trustee of the Middle Georgia State College Foundation, now Middle Georgia State University Foundation, and worked for many years with Southside Lions Club to support the college’s scholarship program.

Eugene Alvarez, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship *
This award is made to full-time students who have been honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and are pursuing a bachelor’s or master's degree at Middle Georgia State University. Dr. Eugene Alvarez, professor emeritus of history, established this scholarship to recognize and encourage the educational pursuits of honorably discharged members of the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Alvarez served as a Marine during the Korean War, followed by two tours of duty as a drill instructor at Parris Island. He was a staff sergeant in 1959 when he was honorably discharged after seven years active duty and four years with the Marine Corps Reserve. Having earned his GED while in the military, Dr. Alvarez ultimately earned a BA, MS and Ph.D. in history, and has authored six books and numerous published papers. He retired from the former Middle Georgia State College now Middle Georgia State University in 1995 as professor of history.

Evelyn Toler Bickford Memorial Scholarship *
This scholarship benefits non-traditional students with demonstrated financial need and who recently completed learning support classes and shows an exceptional likelihood for success in future college classes. Dr. Evelyn Toler Bickford was a charter member of the faculty of Macon Junior College, now Middle Georgia State University, and taught mathematics from 1968 until 2000.

Flint Energies Foundation Jack Hunnicutt Memorial Scholarship
Four scholarships are awarded annually to students attending classes at the Warner Robins Campus of Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship is renewable a maximum of four consecutive years provided the recipient maintains a 3.00 or higher GPA and continues a reasonable, advisable course of study towards achieving graduation in a timely manner. Jack Hunnicutt was a founding member and former chairman of the Flint Energies Foundation Board and lifelong resident of Central Georgia.

Fountain Car Wash and Lube Endowed Scholarship *
An award is made to a United States veteran from any branch of the military service, or to the dependent child of a veteran who has a minimum 3.50 GPA. The scholarship was established by Chuck Duggan, who has supported Macon and the Middle Georgia community since 1971 and is committed providing opportunities to receive a quality education to the young people of Middle Georgia.

Franz Eitel Study Abroad Scholarship
The fund was established to honor Dr. Franz A. Eitel. The scholarship shall provide a $1000 scholarship annually to a Middle Georgia State University GAMES student in good standing who are participating in the Study Abroad Program to the Galapagos Islands. If there are not any qualified GAMES applicants the scholarship will be available to all MGSU students. Students must complete the Study Abroad Participation Enrollment for and write a paragraph on why they want to participate in this program.

Gail Burdsall Cowan Scholarship *
This scholarship is awarded to assist a full-time student pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing that qualifies the graduate to sit for the Registered Nurse Examination. Gail Burdsall Cowan was the second director of nursing at Macon Junior College, now Middle Georgia State University. In 1973, she and her husband, Richard H. Cowan, established the Gail Burdsall Cowan Scholarship.

Gannaway Memorial Aviation Scholarship
This award is provided for students enrolled full-time in any aviation certificate or degree program in flight technology in the School of Aviation at Middle Georgia State University, and are enrolled in classes leading to a pilot rating. The scholarship was established in memory of Edwin Craig Gannaway of Dublin by his wife Jackie. Mr. Gannaway began taking flying lessons in 1985, the fulfillment of a life-long dream, and later became an instructor pilot to build the hours required to apply for a commercial airline position. In 1988 he went to work as a First Officer for Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), ultimately making captain, flying the Embraer Brasilia. In 1995 he was forced to make a crash landing in a field outside Carrollton, Ga., when the Brasilia he was piloting developed an engine problem that rendered it almost uncontrollable. Although Capt. Gannaway and nine passengers perished in the crash, 20 others survived. In recognition of his heroic attempt to save his aircraft and all onboard, he was posthumously awarded the prestigious Lt. Harold George Civilian Airmanship Award for 1995 by the National Order of Daedalians. The award recognized his exceptional piloting skill displayed in catastrophic flight conditions.

George & Maxine Lowery Scholarship *
Awards are made to students enrolled at Middle Georgia State University with demonstrated academic achievement. Juanelle Barbee Edwards established this scholarship as a token of affection and appreciation for the couple who opened their home to her when she was a student at Middle Georgia State University, making it financially possible for her to attend college.

George T. Douglas Aircraft Structural Technology Scholarship
Awards are made to Middle Georgia State University students who are enrolled full-time in any aviation certificate or degree program in aviation structural technology, and who have completed a semester of program-specific courses. This scholarship was established in honor of George Douglas by his friends and co-workers. For more than 60 years Mr. Douglas was a gifted and creative aircraft sheet metal technician and instructor. He began his career in aircraft sheet metal at the age of 16, and in 1942, went to work for Wellston Army Air Depot (later known as Warner Robins Air Material Command and now known as Robins Air Force Base) in Warner Robins, Ga. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army Air Corps, assigned to the 312th Fighter Wing at Perry Army Air Field before being transferred to Chanute Field in Illinois as a sheet metal instructor. Following the war, he returned to Warner Robins Air Material Command where he spent three decades working on B-29 aircraft overhaul, modifications and storage, installing Electronic Counter Measures equipment on B-29s, teaching aircraft battle damage repair techniques, and as part of the Rapid Aircraft Maintenance team that deployed worldwide to make repairs to critical combat aircraft. When he retired from federal service in 1980, he went to work as the swing shift maintenance supervisor for Zantop International Airlines in Macon. In 1990 he left Zantop to become an instructor at the Eastman training facility of Heart of Georgia Technical Institute, later known as Georgia Aviation Technical College and now known as Middle Georgia State University School of Aviation. Over the next 12 years until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Douglas trained many outstanding technicians; and, as part of a special project sponsored by Gov. Zell Miller, he and his students rebuilt the fuselage section of the “Sweet Eloise,” a WWII B-29 aircraft, now on permanent display at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta.

Georgia Power Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a degree in business management. Georgia Power Company, a Southern Company, is one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility, serving customers in 57,000 of Georgia’s 59,000 square miles. Its 2 million customers are in all but six of Georgia’s 159 counties.

Ginny Svonavec Memorial Scholarship
Awards are made to rising sophomores who are first generation college students. Preference is given to students who attend the Dublin Campus of Middle Georgia State University. This scholarship was established by Dr. Stephen Svonavec, faculty member and director of the Dublin Campus of Middle Georgia State University, in memory of his mother.

Gwendolyn Sell Sorrell Study Abroad Scholarship *
This scholarship is designated for Middle Georgia State University students participating in study abroad programs, who have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and have earned at least 30 credit hours. Preference is given to a student with financial need. Beginning in 1989, Dr. Gwendolyn Sell Sorrell developed and directed the study abroad program at Middle Georgia State College, now Middle Georgia State University, and twice taught in the Regents’ Summer Study Abroad Program at Roehampton Institute in London. She agreed with John Keats, who said that through books we travel “in the lands of gold.” She also insisted that our imaginary travels are richest when read within the context of real journeys. In her classrooms here and abroad, she expanded the minds and hearts of her students, whose worlds and understandings were significantly enlarged because of her teaching.

Hattie Elizabeth Wilder Scholarship *
This scholarship aids promising students in the art and science of nursing. It is awarded in honor of Hattie Elizabeth Wilder, an exceptionally gifted and diligent registered nurse, whose work among the sick was an inspiration to many.

James T. Bass, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Special consideration for this award is given to students who demonstrate commitment to learning and devotion to the arts and public service. The Central Georgia community and the parents of James T. Bass, Jr., established this scholarship to honor Bass, an administrator at Macon Junior College, now Middle Georgia State University, from 1973 until 1987. At the time of his death in 1987, Bass was director of admissions. He was a respected community leader and a supporter of the arts.

Jay Ragland Memorial Endowed Scholarship *
This scholarship is awarded to a student at Middle Georgia State University with a GPA of 2.50 or higher who demonstrates a need for financial assistance. The award was established to honor the memory of Jay Ragland, son of Gloria R. and Jack H. Ragland. Jack Ragland served as an administrator at Middle Georgia State College, now Middle Georgia State University, from 1967 to 1998 and was interim president from 1984-1985.

Jeremy Christian Wearn Memorial Scholarship *
The scholarship is awarded to a rising junior or senior with at least a 3.2 GPA and demonstrated financial need who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English at Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship is renewable for one year if the student continues to meet the requirements of the scholarship. This scholarship was established to honor the memory of Jeremy Christian Wearn who passed away at the age of 19. The son of Mary and Jay Wearn and brother of Jimmy and Jackson Wearn, Jeremy was a 2009 graduate of Brookwood High School and attended Georgia State University. Although Jeremy's life was brief, he will forever be remembered by those in whose hearts he dwells for his vibrant intellect, his keen sense of humor, and his quiet, gentle spirit.

Jessie S. and H. Grady Bradley Memorial Scholarship
An award is made annually to a Middle Georgia State University student in his/her junior or senior year majoring in science with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to a student planning to teach science at the middle and/or high school level or in another science education field upon graduation. Dr. Carolyn Bradley established this scholarship to honor the memory of her parents. Following high school, Carolyn’s mother, Jessie, taught in a one-room schoolhouse; later, she took a business course and became executive secretary at the Chamber of Commerce, followed by other secretarial positions over the years. As a railroad trainman, Carolyn’s father worked extremely hard all his life to provide for his family. Having had to leave school after the eighth grade to work on the family farm, Grady Bradley said often, “Education is the one thing that no one can ever take away from you.” Because Mr. and Mrs. Bradley made tremendous sacrifices to ensure their only daughter had the opportunities they did not, Carolyn received a B.A. in chemistry, M.S. in zoology, and doctorate in science education. She retired from Middle Georgia State College, now Middle Georgia State University, as associate professor of biology in 2006.

Jo Hammond Memorial Scholarship *
This award is renewable annually as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward completion of the selected program of study and maintains a 2.0 or higher GPA. The scholarship was established to honor the memory of Jo Hammond, whose work at Macon Junior College, now Middle Georgia State University, was directed toward assisting nontraditional students in their pursuit of higher education. Hammond experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by nontraditional students, particularly women; when her three sons were teenagers and the oldest a college student, she returned to college herself to complete her undergraduate degree.

Joan B. Huffman Women’s Caucus Scholarship *
This award is made to a female student who has completed at least 12 semester hours and has a 2.50 or higher GPA. The scholarship was established to honor Joan B. Huffman, Ph.D., professor emerita of history and founder of the Women’s Caucus at Middle Georgia State University.

Joe E. Timberlake, III Scholarship *
This scholarship is made annually to benefit a deserving student at Middle Georgia State University. The Middle Georgia State University Foundation, formerly the Middle Georgia State College Foundation, now Middle Georgia State University established this award to honor Joe Timberlake’s continued service to the college. Since the institution opened in 1968, Timberlake has recognized its great value to the Central Georgia region, and has continued the active support of the college begun by his father, a founding member of what is now the Middle Georgia State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Timberlake continues to be one of the prime movers behind the college’s growing academic, economic and cultural influence on the region by serving in various leadership positions on the Foundation Board of Trustees and by being an active fundraiser for the college. As chairman of the Invest in Success Campaign, Timberlake provided consummate leadership that resulted in the Foundation surpassing its $6 million goal for the college’s first comprehensive fundraising effort.

John B. Harris, Jr. Memorial Scholarship *
An award is made annually to benefit a deserving student at Middle Georgia State University. This award was established with a gift from the E. J. Grassmann Trust to honor Macon attorney and WWII veteran John B. Harris, Jr., a longtime trustee of the E. J. Grassmann Trust.

John & Gussie Pace Scholarship
Awards are made annually to students enrolled full-time at Middle Georgia State University; preference is given to students interested in the fields of forestry and business. Academic merit is considered. This scholarship was established by John H. Pace, Jr., in honor of his parents.

The Junior Woman’s Volunteer Network of Macon Scholarship *
This scholarship is awarded to a career-minded nontraditional female over 30 years of age desiring to improve her chances of employment by pursuing higher education. Financial need is a determining factor. This fund was established by the Junior Woman’s Volunteer Network of Macon.

Kaiser Permanente Nursing Scholarship *
Awards are made annually to students accepted and enrolled in the nursing program at Middle Georgia State University. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the country’s largest not-for-profit health plan and has served the health care needs of Georgia residents since 1985. The organization’s mission is to provide high quality, affordable healthcare and improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. The company accomplishes this, in part, by helping to address issues that impact community health. Kaiser Permanente provides health profession scholarships to help increase the number of healthcare workers in Georgia, and to train a new generation of nurses, doctors, and pharmacists.

Kay Loveless Raffield Scholarship
This fund was established by the Department of Respiratory Therapy in loving memory of Kay Loveless Raffield, BS, RRT (1957-2013). Scholarships of $1000 shall be awarded to MGSU students who have been accepted into the Respiratory Therapy program with preference given to an AS student.

Lila Napier Jelks D.A.R. Award
This award is designated for Middle Georgia State University students, preferably from Bleckley County or Pulaski County, who has demonstrated academic merit; consideration is given for involvement in patriotic activities. The fund was established in 1982 by the Hawkinsville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.)

Louise Y. Lockhart Scholarship *
An award is made annually to a full-time nursing student pursuing an academic program which qualifies the student to sit for the Registered Nurse examination. This scholarship was established by the family of Louise Y. Lockhart.

Macon Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarship *
The scholarship is awarded to a male or female nursing student who is a citizen of the United States and demonstrates financial need. The Macon Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarship was established in keeping with the organization’s mission to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.

Mathematics Department Scholarship
This fund was established by the Middle Georgia State University Department of Mathematics to provide financial support to promising Middle Georgia State University students who are pursuing a degree in mathematics. A scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded to a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and has a minimum GPA of 3.0. Recipient must have completed Math 2252 with at least a B.

Mary M. Pope Memorial Scholarship *
This award is made to a graduating high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA who is entering Middle Georgia State University as a full-time freshman pursuing a bachelor's degree in education. Preference is given to Windsor Academy graduates. This scholarship is renewable for eight semesters. Financial need is not required but should be considered. The scholarship honors the memory of Mary McGaughey Pope, B.A., M.Ed., whose 29-year teaching career influenced countless students to further their education. The fund was established by her children with the hope that scholarship recipients will enter their profession with respect for the great impact teachers make on their young students.

McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLP Scholarship
At least one scholarship is given annually to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA pursuing a degree in accounting and enrolled in upper-division courses. Founded in 1940, McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLP has established itself as one of the preeminent accounting firms in Central Georgia. The firm offers a unique and comprehensive blend of services coupled with emphasis on personalized client attention. McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., LLP established this scholarship to encourage the study of accounting.

McVay Science Scholarship *
This award is designated for a graduate of Bleckley County High School enrolled at Middle Georgia State University and planning to pursue a degree in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry or chemistry; preference is given to pharmacy students. The fund was established by Cochran pharmacist Birch G. McVay.

Middle Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship
Awards are designated for students who demonstrate academic promise and have above average SAT/ACT scores. Scholarships are provided by the Middle Georgia State University Foundation; the number and amount of awards varies annually.

MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded annually to Middle Georgia State University students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the School of Business. MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union established this fund as an ongoing effort to support lifelong learning and enhance the lives of the people in the community in which it operates. MidSouth was originally chartered as Bibb Teachers’ Federal Credit Union in 1936, and though the customer-base has broadened to serve anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in its service areas, MidSouth remains dedicated to its foundation: Education.

Nellie H. Allen Memorial Scholarship *
Awards are made to Middle Georgia State University students who have demonstrated academic achievement and have a minimum 2.75 GPA; preference is given to residents of Twiggs or Wilkinson counties. This scholarship was established by Willis I. Allen in memory of his wife.

Nolan H. Barlow and Frances Berryhill Barlow *
These scholarship benefits graduates of Bleckley County High School enrolled full-time at Middle Georgia State University and residing on the Cochran campus, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The fund was established by W. Lonnie Barlow and family in memory of his parents.

Ocmulgee EMC Scholarship in Aviation
An award is designated for students who are enrolled in any aviation-related degree or certificate program, have completed a semester of program-specific courses, and live in a household serviced by Ocmulgee EMC. This scholarship is made possible by a contribution from Ocmulgee EMC Foundation, Inc.

Ocmulgee EMC Scholarship
An award is designated for students enrolled at Middle Georgia State University and who lives in a household serviced by Ocmulgee EMC. This scholarship is made possible by a contribution from Ocmulgee EMC Foundation, Inc.

Oconee EMC Scholarship
An award is made to benefit a deserving student enrolled at Middle Georgia State University; student must live in a household serviced by Oconee EMC. This scholarship is made possible by a contribution from Oconee EMC.

Thomas Reed Park, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Awards are made to Middle Georgia State University students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Thomas R. Park, Sr. and the Park family established this scholarship in memory of their son, who earned an associate’s degree from Middle Georgia College (now Middle Georgia State University, Cochran Campus).

PATHWAYS Scholarship
This fund rewards overall excellence in academic achievement and, in particular, recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in writing courses. Completion of English 1101 and/or 1102 at Middle Georgia State University and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are required. Each year the PATHWAYS Committee, a group of English faculty in Middle Georgia State University’s School of Humanities, selects essays to be included in PATHWAYS, an anthology of student writing (PATHWAYS) used by all English 1101 and 1102 students. The PATHWAYS Scholarship is funded by the Middle Georgia State University School of Humanities.

Peacock Art Scholarship *
Awards are provided for students majoring in art at Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship fund was established by a bequest from the estate of John B. Peacock, a grandson of the benefactor who donated the land on which now sits the Cochran Campus of Middle Georgia State University. Mr. Peacock was born in Cochran, grew up in Oregon, graduated high school in Glendale, California, and studied art at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. He might have remained in California to continue his study of art, but in the midst of the Great Depression, he returned to middle Georgia to live and work on a farm inherited from his father. Through economic circumstances dictated that Mr. Peacock abandon art for agriculture, the scholarship endowment he provided ensures that other young artists have the financial freedom to study and pursue their passion.

The Peyton Anderson Foundation Presidential Scholarship *
Awards are made to outstanding Bibb County public or private high school seniors who plan to attend Middle Georgia State University. The scholarship fund was established by a generous gift from The Peyton Anderson Foundation, Inc. Peyton Anderson, Jr., a native of Macon and one time owner of The Macon Telegraph and The Macon News, established the Foundation, stating that the people of Macon, Bibb County and Central Georgia had been good to him and he, in return, wished to be good to them.

Respiratory Therapy Scholarship
An award is made annually to a respiratory therapy-indicated student at Middle Georgia State University. The recipient must have completed 12 semester hours and have a 2.50 or higher GPA.

Russ Holder Scholarship *
An award is made to a full-time freshman from Dodge County, preferably a graduate of Dodge County High School, who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and has received no other scholarships, including the HOPE Scholarship. Preference is given to students pursuing a degree in higher education who have faced past or present substantial hardships. The scholarship may be renewed, provided the student continues making satisfactory progress toward graduation. Middle Georgia State University employees and their immediate family members are not eligible for this award, established by Mrs. Willie Brown and Mrs. Monica Holder in memory of Russ Holder.

Robert James Weber Scholarship
Preference for this scholarship is given to rising sophomores at Middle Georgia State University, preferably members of the Baptist Student Union, who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are pursuing a degree in psychology, education, business or religion. This fund was established by Elouise Weber in memory of her husband, a former professor of political science at Middle Georgia College (now Middle Georgia State University)./p>

Russ Hinson Memorial Scholarship *
An award is made annually to a non-traditional student who is employed full-time and enrolled for a minimum of six semester hours at Middle Georgia State University and pursuing, preferably, a degree in business administration with HR focus, or pursuing a degree in general business, general studies or music. First preference is given to a sophomore from Laurens County attending the Dublin Campus who has a minimum 3.0 GPA; second preference is given to a sophomore from Dodge County attending the Eastman Campus who has a minimum 3.0 GPA. This scholarship was established by Nylan A. Hinson to honor the memory of her husband, Harold Russell “Russ” Hinson, former director of human resources and fundraising coordinator for Middle Georgia College now Middle Georgia State University, who lost his life in a car accident in 2003. Russ Hinson was a Cochran native, a graduate of the Bleckley County High School Class of 1962 and Middle Georgia State University Class of 1964. While working full-time in Laurens County, Russ attended the Dublin Campus of Middle Georgia State University, ultimately earning a B.S. in general studies and a master’s degree in business administration.

Shah Family Education Scholarship
Awards are made annually to deserving Middle Georgia State University students from Houston County. Dr. Manoj H. Shah, an obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Warner Robins, established this scholarship with his wife, Hansa. The Shahs are committed to supporting the advancement of education, particularly in Central Georgia.

State Bank & Trust Company Scholarship *
Awards are made annually to a student who resides in the Central Georgia area, has a minimum 3.0 GPA, is in his or her senior year, and is within 30 hours of graduating with a bachelor's degree in business. State Bank & Trust Company seeks to serve surrounding communities through a return to banking fundamentals, discerning leadership and refreshing accountability. Headquartered in Macon, State Bank is absolutely committed to the long-term growth and prosperity of Middle Georgia, and believes opening the doors of opportunity for deserving students is a sound investment in the future.

Stephen R. Portch Study Abroad Scholarship *
Awards are made to Middle Georgia State University students to encourage and support international education. This scholarship fund was established in 2001 as a lasting tribute to Stephen R. Portch, chancellor of the University System of Georgia from 1994-2001. Portch was recognized for raising the University System’s aspirations and performance through his keen vision, masterful planning and relentless implementation. His personal commitment was to strengthen the global dimensions of teaching, learning and research in the University System.

Student Veterans Association Scholarship *
Awards are designated to provide financial assistance to United States veterans returning to or entering college for the first time. Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and may be from any branch of military service. Financial need is not required but is considered. Awards may be renewed annually upon review by the Middle Georgia State University Scholarship Committee, provided the Committee determines the prior-year recipient to be the best applicant. The Student Veterans Association (SVA) of Middle Georgia State University raises awareness of the specific issues facing student veterans and provides support to help them adjust to and succeed in civilian and college life.

Suarez Annual Scholarship Fund for Nursing
This fund was established by Pete and Hilda Suarez to provide scholarships for MGSU student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Two scholarships will be awarded annually to students who have been accepted in the RN to BSN completion program. Recipients must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and preference is given to students with financial need.

Tom Porter Endowed Scholarship *
The scholarship is awarded annually to a senior member of the Bleckley County High School football team who has the highest GPA and plans to attend Middle Georgia State University. This fund was established by Middle Georgia State University alumni Judy and Tommy Porter in memory of their beloved son Thomas Emory Porter. Tom was a 1999 graduate of Middle Georgia College now Middle Georgia State University and a junior at the University of Georgia in 2000 when he passed away tragically from cancer at the young age of 21. The Porters intend that this scholarship should honor Tom’s life by benefitting a deserving student.

Tommy Dunbar Baseball Scholarship
The Fund is established to honor the memory of Thomas Jerome Dunbar who played baseball in 1979 and 1980 with Middle Georgia State College (now Middle Georgia State University). Tommy was originally drafted by the Red Sox in 1979 but chose to attend Middle Georgia before turning professional. He was subsequently chosen by Texas in the first round of the 1980. First-Year Player Draft and rapidly rose through the Rangers' organization, making his big league debut in 1983 and batting .231in 225 career at-bats. Tommy never played in the Majors again after 1985 and spent the next several seasons bouncing between Triple-A affiliates. The left-handed hitter retired after the 1991season, finishing his Minor League career with a .283 batting average and 89 home runs in 1,300 games. After retiring, Tommy worked in the Cincinnati Reds organization as a coach and Minor League manager. Later he returned to his hometown of Aiken, South Carolina where he began tutoring the area’s youth in a series of baseball clinics and instructional camps. Tommy was known for his big smile and pleasant personality. He passed away at the early age of 51in 2011.

Pay out of funds shall be used to award a scholarship to a full-time Middle Georgia State University student on the baseball team with a minimum 2.5 GPA who demonstrates team leadership, good conduct and strong encouragement to fellow players. Preference should be given to a student who has completed at least two semesters.

United Givers Fund (UGF) Award Scholarship
This award benefits deserving students from Bleckley County attending Middle Georgia State University. Award distribution is contingent upon annual funding by UGF of Bleckley County.

Virginia Black Fugate Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility for this scholarship is based on the minimum criteria established by the Middle Georgia State University Scholarship Selection Committee. This award was established by a gift from the estate of Virginia Fugate, a Middle Georgia College, alumna, class of 1935, now Middle Georgia State University.

University System of Georgia Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students with financial need and who are in good standing as incoming freshmen, transfer students or students currently enrolled at Middle Georgia State University. Recipients must write a thank you letter to the donors.

Walker-Cheek Scholarship *
An award is made to a Middle Georgia State University student who graduated from Early County High School in Blakeley, Ga., or Perry or Westfield High School in Perry, Ga., who has demonstrated scholastic ability and leadership. This scholarship was established by Lt. Col. Earl Herman Cheek, Sr., a 1935 graduate of Middle Georgia College now Middle Georgia State University and past trustee of the former Middle Georgia College Foundation (now Middle Georgia State University Foundation, Inc.) and Mr. Lawrence Cohen Walker.

Wallace Leigh Harris, Sr. and Virginia Speer Harris Scholarship *
Awards are made annually to academically promising students enrolled full-time and attending the Cochran Campus of Middle Georgia State University. This fund was established in 1966 by the family in memory of Wallace L. Harris, Sr. Following the death of Mrs. Harris in 1981, the fund was renamed to memorialize both Mr. Harris and his wife.

Wells Fargo Fund for Underserved Students
Scholarships are to be awarded to students in good standing with financial need.

William J. Stoy Scholarship *
An award is made to an incoming freshman at Middle Georgia State University who is not a candidate for the HOPE Scholarship and has overcome hardships. Priority consideration will be given to a student who has been served by Living Waters for Girls who submits an application through the established process. This award was established in honor of William “Bill” J. Stoy, father of W. Michael Stoy, the last president of Middle Georgia College now Middle Georgia State University. Bill Stoy is a retired letter carrier who had limited resources and educational opportunities while growing up. He has spent his retirement as a craftsman making wooden toys for children and raising funds to support student scholarships. This scholarship is designated to help students who have experienced hardship and need a second chance to change their lives through the power of education.




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