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James T. "Jim" Matthews Scholarship Fund


Application Deadline: This scholarship is not accepting new applicants this year.


James T. “Jim” Matthews was born on May 16, 1953, in Thomaston, Ga.  He died on September 18, 2007, at the age of 54.  Jim grew up in rural Upson County. Although his parents never had the opportunity to attend college, they believed in the importance of education and instilled in Jim a drive to learn. After graduation from R. E. Lee High School (now Upson-Lee High School) in 1971,  he earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. He worked for a while at the Mead Corporation in Dayton, Ohio, to save enough money to put himself through school at the University of Chicago, where he earned a master’s degree in finance. He continued his education by putting himself through law school at Stanford University, where he earned a law degree.  Jim had a very successful career after completing law school. He returned to Mead, where he held several positions, including Corporate Treasurer.  He was Chief Financial Officer at Georgia Gulf Corporation in Atlanta at the time of his death.  Because Jim believed so much in the value of education, his family established this memorial scholarship in his memory.


To provide a college scholarship annually to a graduating senior at Upson-Lee High School who demonstrates great financial need as well as academic potential.


The applicant must be a graduating senior at Upson-Lee High School who has been accepted and enrolled full time into a four-year accredited college or university.

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will select the James T. "Jim" Matthews Scholarship Fund and complete the following additional information:

  • A short essay response describing your life goals and aspirations.
  • Attach two letters of recommendation. 


Number: One per year
Amount: $1,000 per year for 4 years