Clary White of Millwood was recently selected as the Okefenokee Technical College Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for spring semester 2013.
OTC cosmetology instructor Debra Moody and OTC Foundation Executive Director Cindy Tanner presented White with an award check and congratulated her for outstanding performance and impressive work ethic.
“I love experimenting with new hair trends and making people look their best,” states White. “As a child I would cut my Barbie’s hair, style my sister’s hair, and put makeup on my dolls.”
“It is my hope,” continues White, “that others who hear my story will be encouraged to stick with their dreams and make them a reality.” White dropped out of school in the 8th grade at the age of 15, shortly after her grandmother’s death. Throughout middle school Clary had helped care for her terminally ill grandmother. Then she married and began working full time at the age of 16. When she was 25, she and her husband divorced, making her a single parent of three.
Determined to pursue her lifelong passion, Clary earned her GED and enrolled in cosmetology at OTC. “When doing anything in life, it takes hard work and determination to get where you want to be,” she states. “You can accomplish many things with these two qualities, even if you don’t have support.”
Clary adores her three children, Gabriel, Nathilee, and Patrick, whom she describes as “amazing.” Recently engaged, White looks forward to September when her fiancé, Juan Amparan, who is on active duty with the army, will return from Afghanistan.
When receiving the scholarship check, Ms. White thanked the Pike Family and the OTC Foundation. She also expressed her gratitude to Mrs. Moody, her instructor, for recommending her for the award.
“I am very pleased to present this award on behalf of the Pike family, the OTC Foundation trustees, and OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert,” stated Tanner when she met with White and Moody for the check presentation. “It’s an honor to be selected for this scholarship,” Tanner told White. “It means your instructor has a lot of confidence in your ability to be successful and that you have demonstrated superior skills and knowledge.”
White plans to use her award check to pay for the upcoming cosmetology state board exam and other items that will help advance her career. Her parents are Pat Moore, Sr. and Vickie Corley.
The Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. John Pike and other family members to pay tribute to Mrs. Brooksie Pike, Dr. John Pike’s mother, who had a forty-year career in cosmetology. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be full-time cosmetology students entering their final quarter at Okefenokee Technical College with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and excellent quarterly work ethics grades.
Two Brooksie A. Pike Scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding cosmetology students at Okefenokee Tech. The OTC Foundation would like to congratulate Clary White and thank Dr. John Pike and Penny Pike for establishing the scholarship fund.
Okefenokee Technical College cosmetology instructor Debra Moody (left) and OTC Foundation Executive Director Cindy Tanner (right) recently presented Clary White of Millwood with a scholarship check for outstanding performance. Ms. White was selected as the Okefenokee Technical College Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for spring semester 2013.