Miller-Lanier-Central Foundation Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 15th


The Miller-Lanier-Central Legacy began in 1913 when the co-ed Lanier High School opened on Forsyth Street in downtown Macon.  In 1924, Sidney Lanier Senior High School for Boys was opened on Holt Avenue followed by A. L. Miller Senior High School for Girls in 1932 on Montpelier Avenue. Lanier boys forged a reputation of state-wide academic and athletic renown in a distinctive, mandatory Army JROTC environment. Miller’s young women learned in a unique, all-female environment which many alumnae credit with one-of-a-kind leadership training. After a tragic fire in 1967 and integration in 1970, Lanier and Miller became Central High School. Central maintains the “We Lead” traditions of Lanier and Miller through JROTC, comprehensive athletics, and award winning International Baccalaureate and Fine Arts magnet programs.

In 2005, efforts to strengthen the ties between Miller, Lanier and Central alumni culminated with the creation of a scholarship fund to benefit Central graduates. The Class of 1959 raised more than $35,000 to found the Miller-Lanier-Central Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, with the goal of perpetuating the schools’ legacy through current Central students. This fund was the first endowment for a Bibb County public high school. The scholarship fund is designed to produce annual scholarships for outstanding college-bound Central seniors. The scholarships will serve as a direct incentive for student achievement and will demonstrate the commitment of Miller, Lanier and Central alumni and friends.


To help a graduating senior of Central High School in Macon, Georgia, by providing a college scholarship. Preference will be given to a student who may not be at the top of the class academically, but demonstrates school pride and is likely to succeed.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a graduating senior from Central High School, Macon, Georgia.
  • Must be accepted at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational school.
  • Must plan to enroll as a full-time student in the fall semester immediately following your high school graduation.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply.
  • Must exemplify Central’s motto, “We Lead, It Can Be Done!” through their involvement at Central High School and their community.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the following:

  • Potential to succeed
  • Personal character
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Academic success
  • School pride

Additional Short Answer Questions and Attachments

On the last page, you will select the Miller Lanier Central Scholarship Fund and complete the following additional information:

  • A short answer response describing your school pride for Central High School and how you demonstrate the school’s motto – “We Lead; It Can Be Done.”
  • Provide the name and email address of one reference who has agreed to submit a letter of recommendation for you. This should be a teacher, counselor or mentor that can attest to your character, personality, and likelihood of success in college. This person will receive an email from our system allowing them to submit your recommendation. Please ask them before submitting their email address and let them know when you have submitted your application because that is when they will receive the email.
  • A resume listing your school and community activities, athletics, awards, offices held, and other relevant experience.
  • Your most recent high school transcript – you must request this from your current school.
  • 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.


Amount of Award:  $1,000 per year for up to 4 years

Number of Awards:  Four per year, one new recipient is selected annually

Renewal for Prior Recipients:  A prior recipient of this scholarship fund is eligible to renew the award each subsequent year of his/her undergraduate education career for up to four years. In order to renew, he/she must:

  • Complete the online renewal application by March 15th of each year.
  • Submit an unofficial transcript at the end of each fall and spring semester for which he/she receives the scholarship.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment, completing 12 or more credit hours each fall and spring semester he/she receives the scholarship.
  • Maintain the eligibility criteria as defined in the scholarship’s guidelines.

If a prior recipient does not maintain the eligibility criteria or faces unique circumstances that require him/her to take time off or take a reduced course load for a semester, the student should contact the Community Foundation to determine if he/she is eligible for continued funding.

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