On Monday evening, April 26, for the 13th consecutive year, the Citizens Bank Student Advisory Board held its monthly meeting at East Georgia State College. The Student Advisory Board is comprised of quality high school seniors representing Swainsboro High School, ECI, and David Emanuel Academy. Approximately 30 members of the 40-member board were in attendance, accompanied by board sponsors Vice President/Mortgage Executive Leck Boatright and Assistant Vice President/Customer Service Angie Cavanah. The program is a learning experience as well as being highly beneficial for future financial success, an opportunity for leadership training, and community involvement. Students apply for the program and submit recommendations from teachers as well as have a private interview to be chosen for the board.
The group gathered in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Auditorium, where they were welcomed by Associate Vice President for Academics and Enrollment at EGSC Jim Beall. He then introduced Michael Wernon, EGSC’s Director of Financial Aid, who presented the program, which encompassed information about college Financial Aid. Wernon spoke on how to complete a FAFSA, apply for scholarships, and what websites were the best resource for the students and their parents. Each one of the board members received a handout for easy reference as they prepare to submit applications for financial aid and scholarships to the various institutions they will be attending in the fall.
Following the presentation, the group gathered in the rotunda for a picture, then followed Angie Williams, Director of Event Planning & Scheduling at EGSC, to the newly opened Jean A. Morgan Student Life Center expansion for a tour. Prior to the tour, Williams informed the group whether they were attending EGSC in the fall or another college, they were always welcome on the East Georgia campus. For those who may be interested in getting extra classes completed while on winter or summer break from another college, Williams told them about becoming a transient student at EGSC and having their course credits transferred back to their institution.
The members of the board, along with their advisors, enjoyed touring the new addition of the Jean Anderson Morgan Student Activities Center. The meeting and tour ended in the Richard L. Brown Dining Hall, where the group was treated to a delicious buffet meal provided by the East Georgia State College Foundation.