CFCG helps donors across central Georgia invest in deserving students as they pursue their educational goals. Each scholarship fund is unique because it is established to reflect the donor’s values and life experiences.
After Harry B. Rowell, Jr.’s death in 2017, his family decided to honor his memory by setting up a scholarship fund in his name at CFCG so that students from his alma mater of Crawford County High School could have support in achieving their educational goals.
Rowell, who graduated high school in 1959 with the accolade of “Most Likely to Succeed,” began his college career at Georgia Institute of Technology. He took every other quarter off from school so he could return to Crawford County to work to make enough money for his tuition the following quarter. He later transferred to the University of Georgia to study computer science full-time while also working as a bank teller to support himself and his young family.
He went on to serve as the director of COSMIC, a joint effort between UGA and NASA, for which he helped create the computer program for the heat shield for the space reentry capsule. He continued in higher education and eventually ended up in the corporate world at Hubbell Incorporated, a job from which he retired in 2001.
Today the Harry B. Rowell, Jr. Memorial Scholarship supports Crawford County students who, like Rowell, live a life marked by strong determination and work ethic and want to attend college full-time but who may need some extra financial assistance to do so.
The inaugural group of scholarship recipients – Mary Kathryn Mason, Jaylin Colbert, Greer Gardner and Benjamin Glass – are all likely to follow in Rowell’s footsteps of achieving success in whatever path they choose.
For a man voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his classmates more than 60 years ago, it is fitting that his success extends beyond his lifetime helping to advance the educational opportunities of local students at his alma mater.
To find out more about this and other scholarships available through CFCG, click here. If you would like more information on how to support local students in achieving success through education, you can contribute to any of our existing scholarship funds or talk with us about setting up a fund that aligns with the values important to you. You can also give us a call at 478-750-9338.