Richard Capps (2nd from right), a nursing student, and LeAnna Thornton (left), a business administrative technology student, were recently selected as the 2013 recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Charles Eames Scholarship. Mr. Charles Eames (2nd from left) and OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (right) congratulated students and wished them well in their programs and ensuing careers.
Capps (Folkston) is a 2007 graduate of Charlton County High School. He is also a graduate of the OTC certified nursing assistant (CNA) and patient care technology (PCT) programs. He is currently employed part-time at Folkston Park Care and Rehabilitation Center and hopes to continue his education in pursuit of an associate of science in nursing after earning his LPN at OTC.
Richard’s wife, Ashley, is also enrolled in the nursing program at OTC. The young couple has a boy, Elijah, who is ten months old.
“Okefenokee Technical College has enriched my life at every turn, and increased my earning potential with the completion of each program,” stated Capps, who plans to use his scholarship money for transportation and childcare costs associated with attending classes and clinicals.
LeAnna Thornton (Ware), a 2001 graduate of Ruben S. Ayala High School in Chino Hills, California, is very active in student leadership clubs at Okefenokee Tech. She is the current Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) president and an active member of the horticulture club and student government association. Thornton has competed in district, state, and national PBL competitions while attending OTC, earning several awards for her skills and knowledge.
“I chose OTC to further my education due to the learner-centered programs and flexible schedules, wrote LeAnna on her scholarship application. “At this time,” she continued, “I am considered an in-state student and receive money from the HOPE grant, but before that, I was paying out of pocket for books and double tuition. I’m grateful for the scholarship and intend to use the money for tuition and books not covered by financial aid as well as equipment and supplies related to my career field.” After graduating from OTC, Thornton plans to continue her education in business management.
Eames, former director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (ORLS), community champion and volunteer, established the Charles Eames Endowed Scholarship Fund in December 2008 to benefit OTC students through scholarships and literacy programs.
Cindy Tanner, OTC Foundation executive director, and the Foundation trustees congratulate Richard Capps and LeAnna Thornton and extend sincere appreciation to Charles Eames for his generous contributions to the community and higher education at OTC.
LeAnna Thornton (left) and Richard Capps (2nd from right) were recently named recipients of the 2013 Charles Eames Scholarship for Okefenokee Technical College. OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (right) and Mr. Charles Eames congratulated students on their accomplishments. Both students shared their educational and career plans with Mr. Eames and Dr. Deibert and thanked Mr. Eames for establishing the scholarship.