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Alvin V. Palmer Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: March 15th at 12:00pm (noon)

Background

Alvin V. Palmer was born in Greshamville, Greene County, Georgia on March 29, 1919 to Robert Rowell and Tassie Berrong Palmer. He died on March 30, 2001 in Bibb County, Georgia, the day after his 82nd birthday. His childhood years were during the Great Depression and, at an early age, he worked in many ways to help his family. During the years that he normally would have been in high school, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and furnished needed financial support to his family. Upon returning to Greene County, he enlisted in the US Army (May 1941) where he attained the rank of Sergeant prior to his medical discharge in March 1944.

Soon after his discharge from the Army, Mr. Palmer began work at Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia where he remained until his retirement. During more than thirty years of faithful Federal service, he achieved many awards for superior performance including Supervisor of the Year. As a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Palmer founded and operated businesses involved in NASCAR automobile racing, construction and landscape, and real estate. Even though he was unable to pursue a formal education, Mr. Palmer had a life-long interest in supporting educational activities for young people. This longstanding interest led to the establishment of this memorial scholarship fund, intended to support the educational pursuits of students from Mr. Palmer’s boyhood home, Greene County, Georgia.

Purpose

To provide college and technical school scholarships for current and former residents of Greene County, Georgia.

Eligibility

  • Eligible applicants include current and former residents of Greene County, Georgia and those who attended or graduated from high school in that county.
  • Enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited two or four-year college, or a degree-granting technical or vocational school is required.
  • Students who have begun their post secondary education when applying must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to be considered. Students who have not attended any post-secondary school are not subject to a grade point average minimum to qualify.

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will select the Alvin V. Palmer Scholarship Fund and complete the following additional information:

  • A short essay response describing your educational plans and your commitment to community service.
  • Provide two references who will provide a recommendation. One must come from a teacher, school personnel or other adult who can attest to your community spirit.
  • Family Financial Information - A current, submitted FAFSA Student Aid Report that indicates the value of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) in the upper right hand corner. If this value is not shown, your application will be considered incomplete.
  • A resume listing your school and community activities, athletics, awards, offices held and other relevant experiences. 
  • Your most recent high school or college transcript - you must request this from your current school. 

Awards

  • Scholarship Range: Up to $1,000 annually
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Renewals: Students must re-apply each year.