Forestry Student Dennis Lemley is Recipient of Lewis Family Scholarship
February 3, 2016 11:35 AM
Awarded in Memory of Grady Lewis
Waycross, GA –Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) student Mr. Dennis Lemley (pictured to the left with ForestryTechnology instructor, Tommy Peagler, and CPTC President, Dr. GLenn Deibert) of Folkston is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Lewis Family Scholarship. Lemley, who is enrolled in the forest technology degree program, is the third student to receive the scholarship which carries with it a $5,000 award for tuition and program-related costs.
Lewis and Raulerson, Inc. and the Lewis family first offered the scholarship in 2013 through the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation. Those eligible are forest technology students attending Coastal Pines Technical College who meet specific academic and work ethic criteria. Former recipients are John Murray (2013-14) and Eldon Crews (2014-15).
Lemley, a 2014 graduate of Landmark Christian Academy, will graduate from CPTC in July 2016 with an Associate of Applied Science in Forest Technology. After graduating, he plans to enroll at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and earn a bachelor’s degree in Forest Technology. His long term goal is to work at a National Wildlife Refuge.
Lemley is extremely active in college activities and organizations. He has been the vice president for SkillsUSA and, for the past four semesters, the Hort Club secretary. He is currently also a member of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), Student Government Association (SGA), and the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). Because of his participation, he was encouraged to attend the 2015 Georgia Career and Leadership Development Conference, an event designed for students and advisors in student organizations across Georgia. Lemley joined several other CPTC students in November for the trip to the conference.
His volunteer work in the community is equally impressive. Lemley served as secretary of the Youth Political Action Committee (2 terms), vice president of the Charlton County 4-H Club (2 years), and president of the Charlton County 4-H Club. Lemley’s work as an assistant teacher for the Junior Solar Sprint (4 years), landed him the Best Assistant Teacher for Junior Solar Sprint in 2011. He also participated in the County Seal Project and clocked in over 150 hours of volunteer service at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
With this impressive record of service, it is not surprising that Mr. Lemley received the Silver Service Award from the Office of the President of the United States.
“Lemley was selected from among a number of qualified applicants,” said Cindy Tanner, executive director of the Coastal Pines Technical College Foundation. “He will use the scholarship money for program-related costs, such as tuition, fees, books, travel costs, forestry boots, snake chaps, and GPS equipment.”
CPTC forestry instructor, Tommy Peagler, endorsed Lemley for the award, stating, “Dennis is an excellent student and a very respectable young man.
“Lemley has educational and career goals,” continued Peagler. “He is focused and determined, so I’m sure he will accomplish a lot.”
According to Tanner, the scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Grady Carl Lewis, a successful local businessman. Mr. Lewis, a graduate of the University of Georgia, enrolled in the technical college’s forestry program as part of his early post-secondary education and always spokefavorably of his experience and training.
Lewis later graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry. When he died in 2012 from melanoma at the age of 49, he was partowner of Lewis Oil Company, Lewis and Raulerson, Inc., and Friendly Express, Inc. Despite his success and devotion to the family business, Grady never lost his love for woodlands.
“According to his sister, Anna, it was no secret that one of Grady’s favorite pastimes was timber cruising with his father,” stated Tanner.
At the check presentation, Lemley expressed his gratitude for the scholarship award.
“It is an honor for us at Coastal Pines Technical College, to be part of this,” said CPTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert. “We appreciate the generous support of Lewis and Raulerson and the Lewis Family for funding the scholarship and promoting technical education.”