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Thomas Receives Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship at CPTC

Martha Thomas, a respiratory care technology student at Coastal Pines Technical College, is the 2015 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient.

Congratulations to Martha Thomas who was recently selected as the 2015 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient for Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC). Cindy Tanner, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, recently presented Thomas with the award check and extended congratulations on behalf of the College and the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation.

According to Dr. Faye Mathis, Respiratory Care Technology instructor, Martha is an excellent student and very deserving of the award. She is a hard worker and genuinely cares for others, said Mathis.

Thomas will use the scholarship money to pay for tuition and program-related costs. “The scholarship is a blessing and will be used to help further my education,” stated Martha, who is active in her church, assisting in several areas of ministry.

Upon receiving her respiratory care technology associate degree, Martha will pursue a bachelor’s degree, another milestone that will put her closer to her career goal. Her post-secondary experience began nearly four years ago when she graduated with honors in 2011 from Waycross College with an Associate of Art in General Studies. She has been working locally since then and making preparations to return to school.

After two semesters, Thomas is happy with her decision to attend CPTC. She has enjoyed her educational experience and states, “The instructors are very helpful and work with students to help them in any way possible.”

According to Tanner, the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship has made a generous contribution toward a scholarship each year, since 2005, to assist CPTC (formerly Okefenokee Technical College) students with college-related expenses.

“College puts a financial strain on most families, regardless of their circumstances and regardless of any financial aid the student may receive. As a result, our scholarship students are extremely grateful when someone recognizes their accomplishments and demonstrates genuine support.”

“The sacrifices students and their families make are worth it in the end, as we all know,” explained Tanner, “but it’s crucial that we have the resources to recognize their efforts when deserved and assist them when needed,” continued Tanner.

“The OTC Foundation Board and college staff would like to thank the members of the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship for their gifts to higher education,” said Tanner. “We appreciate their continued support of students, which contributes to college access, retention, and completion.”

For information about scholarships, e-mail or call (912) 287-6598. To make a donation, visit


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