CPTC Students Awarded Waycross Rotary Club Scholarships
Scotty Harris (center) and Anthony Walsh (not pictured) were recently selected as the 2014-15 Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Waycross Rotary Club Scholarship recipients. David Hitt, director of the Rotary’s scholarship program, made the announcement at a weekly meeting of the club. CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (left) and Rotary President Billy Gillis (right) are shown here with Harris after congratulating him for his accomplishments.
Two Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) students, Scotty Harris and Anthony Walsh, were selected earlier this year as recipients of a Waycross Rotary Club Scholarship. Recipients of the CPTC award are selected based on academic achievement, work ethic, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.
David Hitt, the 2015 Waycross Rotary Club scholarship program director, recognized Harris at a recent Rotary meeting. Walsh, however, had a work conflict and was not able to attend. Both Harris and Walsh are nontraditional students, undergraduates who do not fit the college student stereotype. Nontraditional students are students who are 25 or older and considered financially independent for financial aid purposes. They often have to balance work, college classes, and family. Many have had successful careers already and are ready to begin another profession, sometimes, the career they really wanted all along.
Harris, a 1990 Pierce County High School graduate, is married and has three children. He served in the military for 14 years as an Aviation Ordinance Technician with the United States Navy. He also took on additional work as an Auxiliary Security Officer. When he left the service, Harris attended Okefenokee Technical College and was awarded a Commercial Truck Driving technical certificate of credit (TCC) in 2007. He then drove for a number of companies until he took a full-time position with the City of Waycross.
Said Harris, “I chose to attend Coastal Pines Technical College and enroll in the welding program because of the quality of training I knew I would receive. The instructors of the program make sure I get the job done to the best of my ability and get the welds done right.”
Harris noted that the skills he learns at CPTC will benefit him in his current job and create other opportunities, should he explore another career after retirement. Harris participates in the Mt. Calvary Baptist choir and is a volunteer firefighter for Pierce County. His wife is also attending college, pursuing a degree in accounting.
Anthony (Tony) Walsh, too, is a husband and father and has enjoyed a successful career prior to enrolling at CPTC. Walsh started out as a firefighter in his early twenties and, over a twenty-year period, worked his way to community development director and fire marshal with the City of Waycross.
Walsh retired early from the City when he had the opportunity to move into the healthcare field as a safety and emergency preparedness manager. Walsh knew that additional education would enhance his current skills and position him for advancement and future career opportunities. So six years into his new job, he signed up for a program.
In his current job, Walsh works closely with the company’s security department. As a result, Walsh decided to enhance his safety and security skills by earning a criminal justice degree. Walsh and his wife have two sons, one of which is enrolled at CPTC in the forestry program.
“I looked online at several colleges that offered safety-related or emergency management degrees,” said Walsh, “but finally decided, why go somewhere else when there was a fine institution in my own backyard that offered a criminal justice degree”?
The Waycross Rotary Club scholarship is open to both traditional and non-traditional students. Altogether, four college students were awarded Rotary scholarships this year, two from CPTC and two from South Georgia State College – Waycross Campus. The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.