Georgia Highlands College
GHC Scholarship Recipients and Donors Celebrated
Claire Pierce; Victoria Mlenga-Casey, recipients of the Sandy Mayson Memorial Scholarship; Dr. Randy Pierce, recently retired president of Georgia Highlands.  Sandy Mayson was Pierce’s twin sister who died the day of GHC’s 2010 graduation.
Claire Pierce; Victoria Mlenga-Casey, recipient of the Sandy Mayson Memorial Scholarship; Dr. Randy Pierce, recently retired president of Georgia Highlands.  Sandy Mayson was Pierce’s twin sister who died the day of GHC’s 2010 graduation.
Georgia Highlands Colleges hosted its annual spring reception on April 19 at the Floyd campus to honor both scholarship recipients and donors.  The college foundation made 102 awards totaling $92,000.  There are three newly established scholarships that were awarded this year:; the James D. Maddox Memorial Scholarship, established and named after a founder of the college and the father of Rebecca Maddox, director and associate professor of nursing; the J. Randy Pierce Scholarship, honoring the recently retired president of the college; and the Lesley Graham Nursing Scholarship.  Seventy-nine of the awards were provided through named scholarships.  Another 23 students received emergency scholarships to get them through personal crises so they could stay in school.
All scholarship recipients received the award for the current 2011-2012 academic year.
Adams Criminal Justice Scholarship
Established to provide financial assistance as a bridge to the HOPE scholarship, it is funded by the Northwest Georgia Community Criminal Justice Foundation and the Rome Rotary Club.
    Pamela Walters, Rome
    Phillip Wheeler, Rome
Bartow County Service Scholarship
Established by an anonymous bequest from a resident of Cartersville, it requires that recipients give back to the community by working 80 hours with a non-profit organization.
    J. J. Norris, Cartersville
Belen Dizon-Nora Nursing Scholarship
In honor of Belen Nora, the distinguished early director of Floyd College’s nursing program, the award was established in 2009.
    Cecilia Smith, Kennesaw
Betty R. Wollstein Nursing Scholarship
Established by the family of Betty Wollstein to honor her for her contributions to the nursing profession, this scholarship provides full tuition, fees and books to a qualifying first-year nursing student.]
    Brittany Caffee, Acworth
Bill and Pat Eakes Nursing Scholarship
Established by Bill Eakes, a former Foundation Board member, and his wife Pat, the award is for LPN bridge and second-year nursing students.
    Christie Boyd, Rome Justin Henry, Rome
    Cynthia Harrington, Kennesaw Stephanie Higdon, Acworth
    Kristy Fleming-Smith, Powder Springs Barrie Shirley, Marietta
Bobby Lee Cook Scholarship
Prominent Summerville attorney Bobby Lee Cook established the scholarship in 2011 for students needing a bridge to the HOPE scholarship.
    Taylor Tinney, Trion
Carlin-Routledge Nursing Scholarship
The scholarship, established in 1990 by the family to honor its four generations of medical providers in Rome, is based on citizenship, academic merit and financial need to assist first-year nursing students.
    Ervin Watkins, Rome
Carol Callahan Scholarship
Established by the Callahan family in memory of Carol Callahan, former Floyd College faculty member and director of Academic Support.
    Brandon Allen, Douglasville
Cathryn E. Bloomfield Scholarship
Jon and Gail Bloomfield established this dental hygiene scholarship in memory of their daughter.  It is based on academic merit, the ability to complete the program and financial need.
    Shana Tomblin, Rydal
Colin W. Shanahan Scholarship
Established by John and Phyllis Shanahan in memory of their son Colin.
    Steven Blume, Cartersville
Cook Study-Abroad Scholarship
Dr. Jim Cook, retired GHC history professor, began the scholarship to help finance trips for students who want to expand their education through foreign travel. 
    Justin Colburn, Woodstock
    Walter Galvan, Douglasville
    Victoria Roach, Cartersville
David W. McCorkle National Create Society Scholarship
Named for the first president of Floyd College (now Georgia Highlands), the scholarship was initiated by the late George Wallis , and is awarded to students gifted in poetry, prose, performance or photography.
    Dakota Williams, Kingston
    Christie Boyd, Rome
Esserman-Levin Fund for Social Justice Scholarship
The scholarship was established to elevate the importance of social justice in academics.
    Ervin Watkins, Rome
Felicia Claxton Memorial Scholarship
Established by Dr. Susan Claxton, associate professor of human services, in memory of her daughter Felicia. 
    Alicia Speece, Dallas
Georgia Appalachian Center for Higher Education At-Promise Scholarship
For first-generation college students, the scholarship is funded by the GHC Foundation and awarded through the GACHE.
    Adrian Fincher, Cedartown
Follett Textbook Scholarship
Follett manages the bookstores on the Floyd and Cartersville campuses of GHC.  The company awards $2,000 in funds for textbooks each year.
    Brooke Smallie, Acworth, first place
    Heather Green, Dallas, second place
    Tammara Simmons, Cartersville, third place
    Folusho Ayeni, Cartersville, fourth place
GHC Foundation Scholarship
Established by the foundation to help meet special needs such as tuition, fees and books so that students can stay in school and graduate.  There are two categories of qualification: traditional students and non-traditional students (who have typically been out of high school for five years or longer).
    Brittany Adams, Rome Chukuemeka Nwokike, Marietta
    Tina Bailey, Powder Springs Jason Parker, Lindale
    Scharla Battle, Lindale Melanie Schwartz, Canton
    LaTarca Blackburn, Rome Megan Seddon, Calhoun
    Brandi Cline, Shamnon Yvonne Thompson, Rockmart
    Brandon Hughes, Marietta Misty Turner, Lindale
    Caleb John, Dallas Carlette Wills, Cartersville
    Jamie Moore, Kennesaw
GHC Non-Traditional Scholarship
    Melissa Adams, Acworth Elizabeth Rooks, Cartersville
    Amanda Bing, Lindale Karen Schuttinga, Rome
    Jennifer Davenport, Ellijay Julie Shrewsbury, Cartersville
    John Erickson, Rome Cecilia Smith, Kennesaw
    Jackie Hampton, Rome Alicia Speece, Dallas
    Justin Henry, Rome Dianna Vanderhoof, Dallas
    Matthew Kendall, Hiram Ervin Watkins, Rome
    Kerry Maxwell, Rome
Jerry W. Shelton Scholarship
Awarded to students who demonstrate academic success and financial need, the scholarship was established by Jerry Shelton, a former GHC staff member.
    Ashley Bunch, Calhoun
    Kyle Blume, Cartersville
Junior Service League Nursing Scholarship
Initiated in 1999, the scholarship is provided to nursing students from Floyd County.
    Kandy Gibbs, Rome
Lesley J. Henderson Nursing Scholarship
Established in honor of the late Lesley Henderson, who was on the nursing faculty at GHC, the scholarship is awarded to a student who has progressed to the second year of the program.
    Kristi McCarley, Cartersville
Lovie Borchardt Memorial Scholarship
Was established by the Alpha Nu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an education sorority, in memory of Borchardt, a former education professor.
    Heather Green, Dallas
Sandy Mayson Memorial Scholarship
The GHC community established this scholarship in memory of Dr. Randy Pierce’s twin sister, who died in 2010, as a bridge to the HOPE scholarship for those who haven’t yet qualified.
    Victoria Mlenga-Casey, Silver Creek
Summerville High School Memorial Scholarship
Exclusively for Chattooga High School graduates, this scholarship was established by the Summerville High School Alumni Association.
    Anthony Bannister, Summerville
The Paulding Business Association Scholarship
Established for students from Paulding County who attend GHC-Paulding.
    Jennifer Erhardt, Hiram
The Jim and Leatha Richie Scholarship
Named for a couple who operated a popular clothing store in Summerville.
    Courtney Helms
Vernon and Gaynelle Grizzard Scholarship
Established for the employees of Southeastern Mills, which the Grizzards own.
    Amber Williams, Rome
    Haley Alexander, Lindale
    Hillary Poulos, Summerville
Wesley C. Walraven Sr. Academic Scholarship
Named for the founding dean and vice president for academic affairs at Floyd College, the scholarship is awarded to two Pepperell High School graduating seniors.
    Caleb Freeman, Rome
    Brandon Treglown, Silver Creek
Several donors and family members of those for whom scholarships were named also attended the celebration, including Jon and Gail Bloomfield and their daughter Cynthia Elsberry, who teaches physical education at GHC-Marietta; Jon and Phyllis Shanahan; Jim Cook, professor-emeritus; Susan Claxton, associate professor of human services; Annette Mitchell, bookstore manager for Follett; Ashley Ellington, president, and Tami Compton, treasurer, of the Junior Service League; Ed Henderson and his wife, Lesley’s, sister Laura Adams; Randy and Claire Pierce; Steve Edwards, former foundation board member and the leader in helping to establish the Jim and Leatha Richie Scholarship; and Theresa Perry from Pepperell High School for the Wesley C. Walraven Scholarship.

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