Charles Eames establishes travel funds at OTC & SGSC
Charles Eames, retired director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (ORLS), recently established a fund through the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation and the James M. Dye Foundation at South Georgia State College (SGSC) to assist students with the everyday cost of traveling to campus for classes and clinical rotations.
“I have always realized that most of the college students in this area have to travel long distances to and from college,” said Eames. “My main intention is to help students with gas money for their travels. This is just another way for me to give back to the local community, and I hope to be able to fund this project for many years to come.”
Eames has been a consistent supporter of higher education in the area for many years. He has established endowed scholarships with both Foundations and currently serves as secretary of the Dye Foundation. At OTC, Eames served on the Media Services Advisory Committee (2001-2004) and as a volunteer judge for Phi Beta Lambda.
SGSC President Dr. Virginia Carson said she is grateful for the fund’s creation and believes it will further engage students during their time on campus.
“I am most appreciative of Mr. Eames’ generosity and support,” said Carson. “This fund will help enhance student engagement on SGSC’s Waycross Campus, which research shows is a strong indicator of a student’s overall success in college.”
OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert also expressed appreciation to Eames for his support and generosity.
“Most OTC graduates live and work in our community, so Mr. Eames’ generous gift will impact the Waycross area in many ways,” said Deibert. “Through this fund, Mr. Eames is assisting individuals with the opportunity for a better life and is also helping each institution attain its Complete College Georgia objectives.”
Cindy Tanner, executive director of the OTC Foundation, applauded Eames’ efforts to help students on both campuses achieve their higher education goals.
“Mr. Eames is not a Waycross native, but he calls Waycross home and has said on numerous occasions that he appreciates the friendship and kindness of the people of this community,” said Tanner. “By establishing this fund, he not only is giving back to the community, but is also helping others attain the education and training that will improve their lives.”
Taylor Hereford, executive director of the Dye Foundation, agreed with Tanner’s thoughts.
“Since his retirement, Mr. Eames has been an active volunteer in this community, and I appreciate his foresight and willingness to establish this fund,” said Hereford.
Students who are interested in learning more about the fund should the OTC Foundation at (912) 287-5829 or the James M. Dye Foundation on SGSC’s Waycross Campus at (912) 449-7510. Both Foundations can also assist those interested in making tax-deductible contributions to either fund.
Charles Eames (center), retired director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (OLRS), recently established travel funds at Okefenokee Technical College and South Georgia State College to assist area students with transportation costs associated with attending classes and clinical rotations. Thanking Eames for his generosity were SGSC President Dr. Virginia Carson (left) and OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert.