Free money! More scholarships available for students


It’s no secret that college can come with an expensive price tag. That’s why scholarship opportunities are so important for students who are preparing for the next phase of their education.

The Crossroads has published several stories over the last few weeks detailing specific scholarships now open for application, and this publication will continue to do so as application periods begin in hopes that this information will be of use to seniors.

This week’s announcement include seven scholarships that haven’t been mentioned in this paper previously.

The Erma Wakefield Jenkins Scholarship of Excellence, available to an African American senior, is in honor of the service its namesake contributed to the Emanuel County school system. Jenkins was the first African American and female to serve as the Emanuel County superintendent. During her time, she focused on maintaining superior performance and educational excellence throughout Emanuel County Schools. The winner of this award will receive a check in the amount of $500 on behalf of Erma Wakefield Jenkins.

The criterion for this scholarship is as follows: completely fill out the application and submit it before the deadline; submit a 500-word essay; must be African American; must have a GPA of no less than 3.0.; must be attending a four-year institution; and must come from a family whose annual salary does not exceed $40,000.

The 2021-2022 essay question calls applicants to answer, “What is leadership?” That same essay also requires applicants to describe his or her style of leadership and explain how that leadership style can make a difference in society.

Essays must be submitted by January 31, 2022 by 8 p.m. to tawandaharrison@yahoo.com.

This scholarship is specific to Emanuel County Schools; the senior receiving it must be a graduate of the Emanuel County school district.

The Mollie M. Nelson Memorial Encouragement Scholarship is in honor of the service its namesake contributed to the Emanuel County and Twin City school systems. Nelson worked at Twin City Primary for more than 25 years as a custodial worker and during that time, she impressed a “can-do,” positive attitude on all she encountered. Her upbeat attitude and smile were contagious and infected everyone around her.

The winner of this award will receive a check in the amount of $500 on behalf Nelson.

The criterion for this scholarship are as follows: completely fill out the application and submit it before the deadline; submit a 500-word essay; must be African American; must have a GPA of no less than 2.5.; must be attending a four-year institution; and must come from a family whose annual salary does not exceed $30,000.

The 2021-2022 essay asks applicants to describe how COVID 19 has affected his or her education and what the student did to overcome.

Essays must be submitted by February 15, 2022 by 8 p.m. to tawandaharrison@yahoo.com.

Again, like the Erma Wakefield Jenkins Scholarship, this fund is open to a targeted pool of students—specifically those at Emanuel County Institute. The senior receiving the Mollie M. Nelson Memorial Encouragement Scholarship must be a graduate of the Emanuel County school system and ECI.

The Professional Athletes Foundation is offering a $2,500 scholarship to one boy and one girl in the state of Georgia and has done so for the past several years. The committee will select four additional students for second and third place winners for a winner to be determined.

The PAF Chapter Student Scholarship, designed for high school athletes with intentions to attend a two-year or four-year college/university, rewards high school athletes for their non-athletic achievements and assists them in achieving their academic career goals. Students are not required to compete in collegiate athletics to receive this scholarship.

Eligibility criterion include: an overall high school grade point average of 2.0 or better; must be a high school senior; acceptance into a two-year or four-year college or university; a nomination by a high school coach; participation at the varsity level in athletics for at least one year; has not accepted a full scholarship award or grant (athletic or academic); and is not the son or daughter of current or former NFL player.

Applicants will be judged on the student’s career goals, nomination letter, an overview of academic achievements, potential for success, leadership and character, and an indication of how athletic competition has aided in personal growth.

An essay between 500 and 700 words as well as high school transcripts must also be included.

The deadline is Monday, February 15.

The Yeomans Scholarship is available. The recipient must have been accepted into law enforcement or healthcare program of study at an accredited post-secondary school in Georgia.

Students must complete and submit to their high school counselor the following: an application form, a copy of his or her high school transcript, two letters of recommendation (one from the high school counselor or teacher and one from a community member), and a short essay describing their plans for the future and how this scholarship can help them achieve these plans.

Applicants must also participate in an interview with a selection committee. The scholarship packet is due by Friday, March 18.

The Missouri-Canady Dudley Scholarship is now available for seniors as well. Applicants must have plans to pursue a degree in business administration or communications. Students are to provide a high school transcript, a letter of support from their high school counselor, and a short essay describing themselves, their accomplishments, and activities while attending high school, as well as their future plans for college. The deadline is Friday, March 11.

Robins Financial Credit Union is currently accepting applications for its annual scholarship. This scholarship will award a one-year, $2,000 scholarship to selected qualifying seniors. Scholarships will be awarded to the chosen graduating seniors who have been accepted to and will attend a college or university in the state of Georgia in 2022. All graduating high school seniors who have an account at Robins Financial Credit Union are encouraged to apply. The completed application packet is due by Friday, March 18.

Finally, Clearwater Solutions has a $1,000 scholarship available. To be considered for this non-renewable $1,000 scholarship, applicants must: have a minimum 3.0 GPA verified by an official school transcript; have already received acceptance from the college/university the student plans to attend; demonstrate community service through school, church, civic clubs, etc.; provide all required documents as outlined in the application packet; responses to the questions included on the application itself; two reference letters; and a transcript.

Clearwater suggests applicants use their best handwriting or submit typed responses. If emailing the package, save all documents in one .PDF file, then email the application and applicable documents to beth.turner@clearwatersol.com by the April 1 deadline. Do not send links such as Google Docs.

Clearwater’s Scholarship Committee will receive applications until the specified deadline, will review all applications, and will decide on a recipient based on a combination of the above-listed qualifications no later than the end of April. Clearwater will then contact the guidance counselor to let him/her know who was selected, and the scholarship recipient will be notified via email. Applicants should not use his or her school email address. A Clearwater representative will present the scholarship award to the winning applicant at an arranged time, typically during the school’s award ceremony or at a public meeting such as city council meeting, and a photograph may be used in the newspaper, on social media, or other printed Clearwater materials. Acceptance of the scholarship confirms the applicant gives his or her permission for the photograph to be used in these ways.

If you’re interested in applying for one or more of these scholarships, you can find more information about each as well as each scholarship’s respective application packets on the Emanuel County Board of Education’s website. The direct link is https://www.emanuel.k12.ga.us/SHS/Content2/guidance.

Additionally, you can find an announcement concerning a Pineland scholarship here, an announcement about agricultural scholarships here, and information about a scholarship from Altamaha EMC here.

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