The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Office announces new scholarship availability to the student body as openings arise. The following scholarships are offered to Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) students according to the terms indicated, provided that funds are available.
Bagwell Family Scholarship
The Bagwell Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 by Tommy and Chantel Bagwell to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family business locations. The family business, American Proteins, Inc., has four divisions and three rendering plant locations. One unique aspect of this scholarship is that over the course of their lifetime, Bagwell Scholarship recipients pledge to give back to CPTC an amount equal to what they receive.
Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
The Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship is awarded to a cosmetology student entering his/her final term who has excelled in the program. The scholarship was established in memory of Brooksie A. Pike by her family to honor her 40-year career in cosmetology.
Charles Eames Endowed Scholarship
Charles B. Eames, Jr., former director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (ORLS), contributed $20,000 to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation in November 2008 to establish the Charles Eames Endowed Scholarship Fund, which benefits CPTC students through needs-based scholarships, academic awards, and literacy projects.
Credit students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher may make application for academic scholarships. The Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee reviews applications each term.
Credit students may make application for emergency grants/loans. In granting these monies, the following factors are considered: the amount of HOPE, Pell, and other monies awarded, enrollment in a program, GPA, attendance, and instructor recommendation. The Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee reviews requests.
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation provides funding for scholarships to assist deserving students with program-related expenses. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors. All seniors interested in attending Coastal Pines Technical College are encouraged to apply.
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation provides funding for scholarships to assist deserving students with GED Testing fees. Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in an adult education program who meet specific criteria.
Jones Company Endowed Scholarship
The Jones Company Scholarship was established in April 2006 by Patrick Jones and Jimmy Jones to aid students with college-related expenses. Applications are taken annually. Employees of the Jones Company are given priority when all other factors are equal among applicants.
Kiley Marissa Music Scholarship
The Kiley Marissa Music Scholarship was established in loving memory of Kiley Marissa, a Bacon County student who would have graduated in 2004. The scholarship is sponsored by her family and awarded each year by her mother, Mrs. Debbie Hewett.
Monroe Foundation Academic Scholarship
Credit students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher may make application for a Monroe Foundation Academic Scholarship. The Monroe Family Foundation funds these scholarships and helps fund many others, such as Toolbox Scholarships, Emergency Funds Grants, and Foundation Recruitment Scholarships for Seniors. The Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee reviews applications for Monroe Foundation Scholarships each term.
Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship
The Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled or accepted in a diploma or degree program at Coastal Pines Technical College. Recipients are selected based on academic history, work ethics, and financial need. The intent of the scholarship, established by the 2005 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship, is to assist students who have encountered financial hardships which may result in an inability for students to complete their program of study.
Pat Knox Scholastic Achievement Award & Scholarship
The Pat Knox Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to a Surgical Technology student in his/her final term who has excelled in the program. The scholarship fund was established by friends and relatives to honor Pat Knox, a former Okefenokee Technical College Surgical Technology instructor.
Qualifying applicants for the SRMC Auxiliary President’s Scholarship are those who are enrolled in a healthcare program at CPTC and are in good academic standing. The scholarship fund for these awards was established in 2008 to recognize Rex Abbott, the resigning auxiliary president and a former College employee, and all former presidents of the auxiliary. It is the mission of the auxiliary to ensure future healthcare workers for this area.
Dr. Shirley D. Miller Nursing Scholarship
The Dr. Shirley Dowling Miller Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a nursing student entering his/her final term who has excelled in the program and met all other criteria for the award. Students must be recommended by their program instructor(s). The scholarship was established in recognition of Dr. Miller, who is a retired nursing instructor, for her belief in the educational process and her contributions to and support of the College.
The SunTrust Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Ware County High School senior who has plans to attend Coastal Pines Technical College. The $500 scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to CPTC students for college-related expenses.
Toolbox Scholarships are contingent upon proceeds from the Foundation’s annual golf tournament and “toolbox” contributions. Toolbox Scholarships are offered each term, until funds are depleted.
Waycross Exchange Club Scholarship
The Exchange Club of Waycross established the OTC Exchange Club of Waycross Scholarship fund. Once the fund is endowed, the OTC Foundation, on behalf of the club, will offer the Exchange Club of Waycross Endowed Scholarship award annually to deserving students to aid them in college-related expenses.
Waycross Kiwanis Scholarship
The Kiwanis Scholarship was established to provide support to Coastal Pines Technical College through financial assistance to deserving students. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, be a resident of Ware County, and have evidence of leadership skills or community service.
Waycross Rotary Scholarship
The Waycross Rotary Club presents an annual scholarship to one or more students enrolled at Coastal Pines Technical College. Students are nominated by their instructors. The following criteria are used when considering nominations:
First priority-Rotarians and /or family members of Rotarians
Second priority-Non-traditional students who demonstrate financial need
Third priority-Students worthy of recognition by the Rotarians
The toolbox fund provides deserving graduating students with tools needed to enter the job market. Some of the tools awarded in the past include items such as repair kits and exam certification vouchers. These awards increase graduates’ marketability, encourage entrepreneurship, and accelerate their careers.