CPTC Announces Charles Eames Travel Fund Recipients
March 16, 2015 01:27 PM
(Blackshear, GA)– Three Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) students were recognized and awarded a Travel Fund Scholarship at a reception at the Pierce County Public Library March 16, 2015. The reception, hosted by the Altamaha Technical College (ATC) Foundation and Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation, was held, not only to announce recipients, but also to give students the opportunity to visit with Mr. Charles Eames, the person responsible for the travel fund program.
Cindy Tanner, CPTC vice president for institutional advancement, introduced Mr. Eames and told how the Charles Eames Travel Fund was established. Following the introduction, scholarship recipients in attendance introduced themselves to Mr. Eames and thanked him for his generosity and support. Those thanking Mr. Eames were Jonah Best (Brantley), Conner Hutchinson (Clinch), and Patricia Tanner (Camden).
Eight students in total were awarded $250 each as part of the program. Those unable to attend due to clinicals or testing conflicts were Rebecca Collins (Liberty County), Tracy McMillan (Liberty County), James Rowe (Wayne County), Shana Weston (Camden County), and Dominique Wilkins (Coffee County).
“The Pierce County library continues to be an excellent location for the event,” explained Tanner, “due to Mr. Eames history with the public library system. He is a retired director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (ORLS), which serves many counties within the CPTC service area. And Blackshear is centrally located within the 13-county service area of Coastal Pines Technical College.”
“Recipients of the scholarship are students who have met specific academic criteria and are driving numerous miles every week in order to attend classes,” stated Tanner, who is also executive director of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation. “With that in mind, we gave all student attendees a $25 gas card so that traveling to the reception wasn’t an additional financial burden.”
As part of the program, recipients shared information about their program of study, campus location(s), daily mileage, and goals upon graduation. Mr. Eames spoke to each student individually about his/her travels and then talked to the group about how he believes in education and giving back to the community.
In late 2013, Eames established the first two Charles Eames Travel Funds, one with the James M. Dye Foundation at South Georgia State College (SGSC) and the other with the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation at Okefenokee Technical College. The purpose of the funds was the same as now, to assist students with the everyday cost of traveling to campus for classes and clinical rotations. Since then he has expanded the program to include a travel fund program at seven other college foundations in South Georgia.
CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert and Institutional Advancement Director Melinda Laager (also executive vice president of the Altamaha Technical College Foundation) could not attend the reception, but both endorse the travel fund program as an effective strategy for increasing student retention and program completion rates.
“Mr. Eames’ generous gifts have served the financial needs of many CPTC students,” said Deibert. “Travel Fund scholarships and other needs-based awards have enabled many students to continue their studies when they have encountered a one-time, temporary financial hardship. I appreciate what Mr. Eames has done to assist our students.”
For more information about Coastal Pines Technical College and scholarship opportunities, visit www.coastalpines.edu.
Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.