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The Sarah and George William Grier, Jr. Future Educator Scholarship

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

 

Background

George William Grier, Jr. was a lifelong resident of Macon, Georgia from his birth in 1911 to death 99 years later in 2010. He was a member of the initial graduating class of Lanier High School for Boys on Holt Avenue and lived on Holt just across Napier Avenue. He has involved with Boy Scouts in Macon from the age of 12 and was among the first Eagle Scouts in the city. He later was a Scout master of two troops at Cherokee Heights United Methodist Church and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his devotion to the Scout movement and the boys it serves. He worked at Jos. N. Neel Company for 50 years. He served in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was very proud of being a Lanier High graduate and his signature can be found on the final beam erected in the new Central High building on Holt Avenue.

George married Sarah Coleman Hodges in 1941. Sarah was a graduate of Bessie Tift College in Forsyth, Georgia. She began teaching in Bibb County Schools in 1954.  The majority of her teaching career was at Pearl Stephens Elementary. She went on to earn her Masters Degree in Education from Mercer University. Sarah retired from Bibb County Schools with twenty- nine years of service. She was on outstanding educator who was devoted to her profession and her students.

After both Sarah and George retired, they continued to give back many hours of service to the Macon and Bibb County community through volunteer work with Red Cross blood drives, the Macon Exchange Club, the Methodist Home for Children, and ministries of Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.

Proceeds from their estate have been used to create and initially fund the Sarah and George William Grier, Jr. Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund is designed to produce annual scholarships for outstanding college-bound Central High School seniors who intend to pursue a college curriculum with a major in Education and who express their goals for a career as a primary or secondary school teacher.

Purpose

To help a graduating senior of Central High School or Howard High School in Macon, Georgia by providing a college scholarship for the purpose of pursuing  a college degree in Education.

Eligibility

  • Must be a graduating senior from Central High School or Howard High School in Macon, Georgia.
  • Must be accepted at an accredited college or university with the intention of pursuing a degree in Education. 
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply.
  • Must provide an essay expressing reasons for pursuit of a career goal as a primary or secondary school educator.

Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Expressed desire for a career as a primary or secondary school educator
  • Potential to succeed
  • Personal character
  • Extra-curricular involvement
  • Demonstrated financial need with a preference to students not receiving other scholarships or financial aid other than HOPE.
  • Academic success
  • School pride

The Selection Committee comprised of a member of the Miller-Lanier-Central Advisory Committee, a member of the faculty or staff of Central High School, a member of the faculty or staff of Howard High School, a member of the staff or Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and (if available and able) a direct descendent of Sarah and George William Grier, Jr. shall make the selection of the scholarship recipient(s) and forward notice to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia for fund disbursement.  The scholarship disbursement shall be made directly to the educational institution(s) for the benefit of the scholarship recipient(s).  The scholarship must be utilized within one year of the date of the award or the scholarship is forfeited.

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will select the Sarah and George William Grier, Jr. Future Educator Scholarship Fund and complete the following additional information:

  • A short essay response describing your reasons for pursuing a career goal as a primary or secondary school educator.
  • A resume listing your school and community activities, athletics, awards, offices held and other relevant experiences. 
  • Your most recent high school 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.

Awards

Scholarship value per recipient: $1000
Number of awards per year: One new recipient per year

Renewal Information

A prior recipient of the Sarah and George William Grier, Jr. Future Educator Scholarship for their initial two semesters may apply for a $500 scholarship for each subsequently completed semester of their undergraduate education career by submitting a scholarship renewal form and official transcript.  Renewals will be based on the following criteria:

  • Maintaining a designation as an Educator major
  • Having a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the semester