Barbara (Barbie) Cowan was recently selected as a 2012 recipient of an Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Workforce Toolbox Scholarship. The OTC Foundation gives this award to select graduating students of Okefenokee Tech who have demonstrated excellence in their field of study.
Workforce scholarship recipients are awarded tools related to their educational and career field in order to make them more marketable as they enter or advance in the workforce.
Among the items awarded to Cowan were pruners, shovels, rakes, a cultivar hoe, gardening gloves, a trowel, chicken coop, watering hoses, a circular saw, a cordless drill and bedding materials.
Cowan has maintained a high GPA throughout her program, earning her name on the President’s List nearly every term. She was recommended for the workforce award by her instructor, Mark Deal. In addition to the Workforce Scholarship, Cowan has also received the Monroe Academic Scholarship.
She is an officer in the OTC Horticulture Club and a member of the Student Government Association and Heritage Gardens, a local organization. She uses her talents often in the community to benefit charitable organizations and individuals.
After graduating, Cowan will dedicate time to her new business venture of organic gardening. She is also contemplating another educational credential in the future to support her ultimate career goal, which combines her desire to help others, especially children, with gardening.
Cowan expressed her gratitude to Ms. Peagler; Mr. Deal; Moi Monroe, a Foundation trustee; the OTC Foundation; and others who have encouraged and supported her. The money to fund workforce scholarships comes from proceeds of the OTC Foundation’s annual “Tee It Up For Tools” golf tournament and from direct donations to the Toolbox Scholarship fund, stated Tanner.
Barbara Cowan (left), who recently completed two environmental horticulture certificate programs, is pictured above at Tractor Supply Company with an assortment of work-related tools selected to help her jump-start her new business venture and career in organic gardening and raised beds. Diane Peagler (right) of Tractor Supply in Waycross was on hand to present the work gear. In addition to the items purchased with workforce scholarship funds, Tractor Supply generously donated more, including a large dump cart or wheelbarrow, irrigation supplies, and gardening books. OTC Interim President Dr. Glenn Deibert (back, L to R), Foundation Director Cindy Tanner, and Environmental Horticulture Instructor Mark Deal thanked Peagler for her support of the workforce scholarship program and congratulated Cowan on being selected as a 2012 Workforce Scholarship recipient.
Cowan, a 2012 recipient of an Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Workforce Toolbox Scholarship, shows off her gloves and other items purchased with scholarship funds. Among the items awarded to Cowan were pruners, shovels, rakes, a cultivar hoe, gardening gloves, a trowel, chicken coop, watering hoses, a circular saw, a cordless drill and bedding materials. A number of items pictured above were also donated by Tractor Supply Company of Waycross.