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Leo H. Brooks Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: April 8th, 2016 at 12:00pm (noon) 



Leo H. Brooks was born in Bainbridge, Georgia on September 13, 1932.  He graduated from Bainbridge High School then attended Florida State University and Troy State University majoring in physical education.  He graduated from Troy State University in 1959 and in 1966 was awarded his masters degree in educational administration from Mississippi College.  After completing his undergraduate education, he taught social studies, and coached athletics at Coffee High School in Douglas, Georgia and then Mark Smith High School in Macon, Georgia for nine years.  He then began more than twenty-four years of work as a school administrator in the Coffee County School System.

After retiring with thirty-three years of service, Mr. Brooks was elected and served two four-year terms as a member of the Coffee County Board of Education.  He served as Chairman for five of his eight years as a board member.

Mr. Brooks was married to Beth Childs Brooks.  They have one daughter, Lunday, who is married to Kevin Buffington of Columbus, Georgia and two grandchildren, Brooks and Lillie Buffington.

Mr. Brooks has had a life-long interest in supporting educational activities for young people.  His longstanding interest led to the establishment of this scholarship fund which is intended to support the educational pursuits of students in the Coffee County Public School System.


To provide college scholarships for graduates of the Public School System of Coffee County, Georgia.  The scholarship may be used to pay for a student’s tuition, books, fees, supplies, and room and board.


  • Applicants must be graduating seniors or graduates of Coffee High School or of any other public high school as may in the future be operated by the Coffee County Board of Education.  An initial scholarship will only be awarded to graduating seniors and current graduates who will matriculate with a college or university for the Fall Semester or Quarter immediately following their high school graduation.  The recipient of an initial scholarship will continue to receive the scholarship while they continue in attendance at a college or university of their choice provided they continue to meet the eligibility requirements hereafter set out.
  • Enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited two or four-year college or university is required.
  • Students who have begun their college or university education must be making satisfactory progress as defined by their college or university and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher to be considered.  The GPA will be tested annually as of the end of Spring Semester or Quarter.  Satisfactory progress will also be deemed to mean that a student may only miss one Semester or Quarter each academic year; provided, however, that the Foundation may waive this requirement if it determines to its reasonable satisfaction that their failure to attend is due to an unusual hardship, illness or disability which is not expected to prevent their return to school for more than one additional Semester or Quarter.  Eligibility for continuation of the scholarship will end on graduation from a college or university or the completion of four and one/half academic years of college or university education, whichever arrives sooner.

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will select the Leo H. Brooks Scholarship Fund and complete the following additional information:

  • Provide two references who will provide a recommendation. One must come from a teacher, school personnel, or other adult who can attest to your academic abilities, and the other must be from a community member, volunteer advisor or other influential adult who can attest to your community spirit. 
  • 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. 
  • Family Financial Information - the applicant must submit one of the following:
    • 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. 
    • If you did not apply for FAFSA, please submit a copy of your parent/guardian's most recent IRS Form-1040.


  • Scholarship Range: Up to $2,500 annually
  • Number of Awards: Currently one every four years
  • Renewals: Students must provide evidence of continued eligibility each year.