Available Scholarships

Available

Greetings!

Scholarship awardees will be notified on or around May 1, 2021.

Kindest Regards,

Angelia O'Neal
Executive Director
Douglas County Education Foundation
angelia.oneal@dcssga.org 


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All American Technician Academy Scholarship 
The All American Technician Academy (AATA) Scholarship was established in 2018 and offers five full-tuition scholarships valued at $2,482 each to graduating seniors from the Class of 2019. One scholarship is offered per high school and will cover the cost of the week-long course, books, materials, and lunch and dinner during the course. Students who complete the course will receive Level One HVAC Maintenance Technician certification, EPA certification, and life skills/mindset coaching. This is a wonderful kick-start for a well-paying in-demand career that has its own entrepreneurial opportunities. AATA's founder is Jerry Hall who also owns Assured Comfort Heating, Air, & Plumbing and is a former DCEF Board Member. To apply for this scholarship, you must request an application from Angelia O'Neal at angelia.oneal@dcssga.org. Qualification for this scholarship is not included in the online application for all other DCEF-administered scholarships. ($2,482 tuition waiver)

Ashley and Mandy Eaton Merit Scholarship
Established in 2021, the Ashley and Mandy Scholarship is offered to graduating seniors attending any of the five high schools in the Douglas County School System. This merit-based scholarship is offered in recognition of student achievements (e.g. academic, athletic, artistic, etc.)  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (2 Scholarships $500 each).

Ashley and Mandy Eaton Social Work Scholarship
Ashley & Mandy Eaton are long term supports and volunteers of the Douglas County School System.  Their philanthropy outreach includes but not limited to: supporting Veterans, funding an Orphanage in Haiti and donating to Douglas County Title 1 schools.  The Ashley & Mandy Social Work Scholarship was established in 2021 to offer recognition and financial support to students majoring in Social Work.  It is offered to graduating seniors attending any of the five high schools in the Douglas County School System. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and must submit a 500-word essay “Why I Chose a Career in Social Work” describe what impact they want to make as a Social Worker. ($2,000)

Ashley and Mandy Eaton “My Family & Me” Scholarship
Ashley & Mandy Eaton are long term supporters and volunteers of the Douglas County School System.  Their philanthropy outreach includes but are not limited to: supporting Veterans, funding an Orphanage in Haiti and donating to Douglas County Title 1 schools. Established in 2021, the Ashley and Mandy Scholarship was developed to offer financial support to graduating seniors attending any of the five high schools in the Douglas County School System.   Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and must submit a 500-word essay “My Family & Me” describing their financial need of support to attend college, the career field of parents and lifestyle at home.  (9 Scholarships of $3,000 each).

Assured Comfort Heating, Air & Plumbing Scholarship

The Assured Comfort Heating, Air, & Plumbing Scholarship was established in 2017 to provide recognition and financial support to graduating seniors attending any of the five high schools in the Douglas County School System. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and may pursue any major.

Assured Comfort Heating, Air, & Plumbing is a leading heating, air conditioning, and plumbing company with locations in Fulton, Cobb, and Douglas Counties that services metro Atlanta and surrounding cities. Family-owned since 2002, Assured Comfort is committed to providing not only the best in HVAC and plumbing services, but also supporting the local community. Assured Comfort President Jerry Hall is a member of the DCEF Board and a staunch supporter of the Douglas County School System. ($500)

Betty Hilton Scholarship
The Betty Hilton Scholarship is offered to students planning to major in health care.  Ms. Hilton attended Miami-Dade Community College - Medical Campus and has been a Medical Records Technician and Director for over 40 years. She believes individuals should take ownership of their own health, and she wants them to have access to well-trained health care professionals.

Ms. Hilton encourages, inspires, and mentors many individuals pursuing a health care profession. She shares with them the same message she shared with her children: a good education, diligence, and having good character pave the way for better opportunities in life. The scholarship was established in 2018 by Carmilla Hilton, daughter of the namesake. ($500)

Billie Yancey Memorial Scholarship
The Billie Yancey Memorial Scholarship is offered to graduating seniors planning to major in engineering or the health care field. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Billie Yancey Estate. Ms. Yancey, a lifelong Douglas County resident, was a 1944 alumna of Douglas County High School and 45-year employee of C&S Bank in Atlanta. Because this scholarship is endowed with annual awards made from interest earnings only, it will exist for generations to come serving students while at the same time paying tribute to its namesake. (4 scholarships of $1,000 each)

Captain Herb Emory Memorial Scholarship
The Captain Herb Emory Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016 to provide scholarships to students pursuing a journalism or broadcast journalism degree. Captain Emory will forever be an icon in Douglasville and throughout metro Atlanta. He hosted a NASCAR racing show for 16 years and was a longtime WSB Radio and Channel 2 Action News traffic reporter. He spent many hours a week in a helicopter over metro Atlanta providing helpful traffic news to commuters. Prior to his work with WSB Radio/TV, he wrote for the Douglas County Neighbor and Atlanta Journal Constitution newspapers. Captain Emory received numerous professional recognitions through the years, including induction into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2008. He volunteered countless hours with many not-for-profit service organizations, hosting more charity events than any other WSB personality. Because of Captain Emory's passion for serving his community, applicants of this scholarship must be current active volunteers with at least one not-for-profit Douglas County service organization.

Captain Emory passed away unexpectedly in 2014. His wife of 24 years, Karen Emory, a community volunteer and activist who serves her community as diligently as her husband did, established the scholarship to pay tribute to her late husband and to encourage, recognize, and financially assist a new generation of journalists. Ms. Emory is a member of the DCEF Board. ($1,500)

Carmilla Hilton and Crystal Hilton Scholarship
Carmilla Hilton and Crystal Hilton are both educators in the high school and elementary school setting. Carmilla Hilton has been named Teacher of the Year four times. Crystal Hilton is a mathematician and Instructional Coach. Established in 2016 by Carmilla Hilton, this scholarship is to promote skills to overcome challenges in life if you apply yourself. It is open to graduating seniors planning to pursue an education or STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) major. ($500)

Crossing the Aisle Scholarship
The Douglas County High School Class of 1987 established this scholarship in 2020 to provide recognition and financial support to graduating seniors from Douglas County High School who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay describing an experience in which they “crossed the aisle,” what they learned, and how they will apply that lesson in their future work/study. While writing the essay, applicants are encouraged to ponder the following: “Using social media and popular news outlets as indicators, the current cultural landscape seems to be characterized by a great willingness to talk (or write about) one’s views without a proportionate eagerness to listen to (or read) the views of others. However, members of the DCHS Class of 1987 believe true critical thinking is the way forward and that it does still exist.” ($500)

Dance Academy West Scholarship
Founded in 2019, the Dance Academy West Scholarship is offered to graduating seniors attending any of the five high schools in the Douglas County School System. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and plan to major in dance, acting, or vocal or musical theater.
Dance Academy West was founded in 2002 to provide quality dance instruction to the residents of Douglas County. The studio instills knowledge, stresses correct dance technique, and encourages an appreciation for the art of dance. Dancers gain an understanding of teamwork, dedication, and dependability.  KC Emberson is founder and owner of Dance Academy West. She is also a member of the DCEF Board. ($500)

Daniel & Myrna Steele Memorial Scholarship
Siblings Daniel Steele and Myrna Steele Roberts, were both graduates of the Douglas County School System.  They were both known to be full of life, loved sports, graduated from college, and enjoyed giving back to their community. Daniel and Myrna both also suffered from the effects of Sickle Cell Disease throughout their lives. 
Unfortunately, they both passed away from complications of Sickle Cell. This scholarship was established in 2021 by parents Brent and Debbie Steele to provide financial assistance to a graduating senior diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease.   Applicants must submit a 500-word essay describing how Sickle Cell has affected their life and what/how they will commit to educate, advocate and bring awareness of Sickle Cell Disease. ($1,000)

DeNyse Companies Scholarship

The DeNyse Companies Scholarship was established in 2016 to provide scholarships to graduating seniors planning to pursue an education in welding, metal fabrication, graphic arts, industrial arts, project management, or construction management.

DeNyse Companies is a national signage and architectural elements company that provides design, installation, and service & repair. Jennifer and Allen DeNyse have proudly operated as a family-owned company since 1983, providing the best working environment for employees and promoting strong relationships with customers. Mr. and Mrs. DeNyse believe that true success is achieved through a responsible, well-rounded business practice that includes giving back to the community. DeNyse Companies demonstrates this commitment by supporting organizations such as the DeNyse Cares Foundation, Junior League of Douglas County, Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS), Bright Futures, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), City of Refuge, Fisher House Foundation, and Atlanta Mission. (2 scholarships of $500 each)

Don Remillard Scholarship
The Don Remillard Scholarship was established in 2010 in honor of retiring Douglas County School System Superintendent Don Remillard to fund scholarships for Douglas County Performance Learning Center (PLC) students upon their graduation from the program. In 2019, the scholarship was opened to graduates from the College & Career Institute in addition to PLC. There is no minimum grade point average required for applicants. Mr. Remillard spent his entire career of 38 years in Douglas County. He began his career as a math teacher at Douglas County High School and held numerous leadership positions in the school system including Assistant Principal and Associate Superintendent of General Administration before becoming Superintendent in 2003. Mr. Remillard was instrumental in starting the PLC. Mr. Remillard served on numerous not-for-profit Boards and was a founding member and former president of Chapel Hill Kiwanis Club. He received numerous awards including being named "Citizen of the Year" in 2010 by the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and was named a "Friend of the (DCEF) Foundation" in 2016. Mr. Remillard was a dedicated member of the DCEF Board from 2010 to 2017, including serving several terms as Chair. (2 scholarships of $500 each)

Douglasville Gymnastics and Cheerleading Club Scholarship
Douglasville Gymnastics and Cheerleading Club has been in business in Douglas County since 1987, providing quality sports programs for Douglas County youth. Paige Etheridge is the founder and owner and has been a resident of Douglas County since 1978.  “I am a product of the Douglas County School System, having attended Burnett Elementary School, Stewart Middle School, and Lithia Springs High School,” said Ms. Etheridge. “It is my pleasure to give back to students in the school system that I was part of.”  This scholarship requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and is open to students pursuing any major. ($500)

Glenn Florence Memorial Scholarship

The Glenn Florence Memorial Scholarship was established in 2021 by his daughter Ava Glenn Florence and her mom Amy Baillie to pay tribute to his ability to overcome adversity.  Mr. Florence attended Douglas County High School and managed to “press-thru” many hardships and obstacles to accomplish his goals. Students applying for this scholarship must be graduating from Douglas County High School and write a paragraph on "Overcoming Adversity” describing examples of how they overcame adversity during high school. ($500)

Hometown Scholarship

The Hometown Scholarship was established in 2016 to recognize and financially reward graduating seniors who attend kindergarten through 12th grades in Douglas County School System (DCSS) schools. Should all factors be considered equal among qualified applicants, preference will be given to students who attended Eastside Elementary School. The scholarship was established by Amy and Mike Shadix, DCSS alumni and lifelong Douglas County residents. Mrs. Shadix has worked in the DCSS for 23 years, currently serving as media specialist at Eastside Elementary School. Her mother, Mary Faye Otwell, taught at the same school for 24 years, thus the desire to give Eastside Elementary School applicants preference if all other factors are considered equal. By requiring the Hometown Scholarship applicants to have attended Kindergarten through 12th grades in DCSS schools, Mr. and Mrs. Shadix are showing their genuine commitment to DCSS and the Douglas County community. ($1,000)

Juanita Williams Memorial Scholarship
The Juanita Williams Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016 by family members to pay tribute to their loved one while at the same time helping students follow in her footsteps "to give back to others by participating in creative educational endeavors and celebrating diversity." The scholarship is open to students at all five high schools. Students applying for this scholarship do not have to major in education but must plan to pursue a career in education. They must write a paragraph on "Diversity and Me" describing how they view themselves in a multi-cultural society and how they celebrate diversity.

Ms. Williams is described as being spirit-filled, loving, charming and having integrity, stamina, tenacity, courage, and strength. She was born in Warm Springs, GA, but later moved to Tulsa, OK where she graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Master's degree in Junior College Education and History. She taught and held administrative positions in the Tulsa Public School System for 33 years. She received numerous accolades including being named Teacher of the Year in 1984 and receiving A Salute to Excellence award in 1994. Ms. Williams was appointed by three Oklahoma Governors to the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission where she served twice as Chair of the Commission. She received a commendation for her service in 2002 from Governor Frank Keating. Ms. Williams was dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement, and was given two-years leave by the Tulsa Public School System Superintendent to join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center as a Program Associate/Educational Consultant. Working directly with Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Ms. Williams developed programs for the King Center such as "Celebrating Excellence in Diversity K-12" and "Think and Learn". Mrs. King and Mrs. Christine King Farris became Ms. Williams' honorary Godmothers. Ms. Williams worked full-time for the King Center for two years and as a consultant for 22 years. ($500)

Kathryn Milner Shehane Memorial Scholarship
The Kathryn Milner Shehane Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015 to pay tribute to Ms. Shehane, a former Douglas County School System Superintendent, and to assist graduates from the five high schools in the Douglas County School System. After Ms. Shehane passed away in 2015, her longtime friend and former colleague, Ms. Harriet Morgan, established this scholarship with DCEF. DCEF is particularly honored to administer the Kathryn Milner Shehane Memorial Scholarship since Ms. Shehane was instrumental in the organization's founding in 1993, known then as the Public Education Trust. Applicants must plan to major in education. ($1,000)

Leadership Douglas Class of 2021 Scholarship
The Leadership Douglas Class of 2021 Scholarship was established by the participants in the Douglas County Chamber’s Leadership program for 2020-21.  The Leadership Douglas program selects diverse and qualified individuals to provide a structured program that enhances leadership skills and community involvement for the betterment of all citizens, businesses, organizations and governments in Douglas County.  This scholarship is to provide financial support to graduating seniors who have a minimum grade point average of 2.7. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay describing their financial need and how this scholarship will assist in their furthering his/her future work or study. (5 Scholarships of $500 ea.)

Mary Peace Winn, Frank M. Winn, and Judge Dan P. Winn Memorial Scholarship

The Mary Peace Winn, Frank M. Winn, and Judge Dan P. Winn Memorial Scholarship was established with DCEF in 2016 through a charitable fund created from the estate of Judge Dan P. Winn. Judge Winn wanted his estate to create a charity to honor his parents, Frank M. and Mary Peace Winn. Mrs. Winn, incidentally, was a teacher for the Douglas County School System. The charitable fund is administered by local attorney and community leader, Frank C. Winn, son and grandson of the namesakes. Academics and financial need are primary determining factors for this scholarship. (5 of $1,000 each -- one per high school -- renewable up to four years, pending satisfaction of requirements)

Michael Lankford Legacy Scholarship
The Michael Lankford Legacy Scholarship is offered to students graduating from Lithia Springs High School and have participated in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math).  Students applying for this scholarship must write a paragraph on "What I hope My Legacy will be at Age 54” describing what you hope your character will say about you. Mr. Lankford was a lifelong resident of Douglas County and a proud graduate of Lithia Springs High School, Southern Polytechnic State University, and a career long public servant at the Georgia Department of Transportation.  Mr. Lankford lived a life of exemplary integrity and strong character, believing your name goes before you and your character stays beyond you. The scholarship was established in 2021 after his unexpected passing at the age of 54 to honor his belief in character and service by his widow, Bree Lankford and sons Jackson and Carter Lankford.  ($500)

Reverend Alvertis Hilton Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2016 by Carmilla Hilton to recognize and financially assist graduating seniors planning to pursue a theology or STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) major. The scholarship also pays tribute to Ms. Hilton's beloved father, Rev. Alvertis Hilton. Rev. Hilton was a great husband, father, war veteran, master electrician, and pastor. Rev. Hilton had a deep passion for education, and this scholarship continues his legacy for learning. Youth are encouraged to follow their passion, and pursue their dreams. Regardless of hardships, with determination and perseverance any person can be victorious over the obstacles of life. ($500)

WellStar Douglas Hospital Clair Eskew Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2017, this scholarship is funded by the WellStar Douglas Hospital Volunteers. The Volunteers manage the hospital's information desk and gift shop, transport and discharge patients, and provide support to staff and nurses in Outpatient Day Surgery, Medical Imaging, and the Stat Clinic. The Volunteers use the majority of their earnings from the Gift Shop to fund needed equipment for the hospital. A portion of those earnings provide scholarships to recognize and financially assist the next generation of health care professionals. Applicants must plan to major in the health care field (2 Scholarships of $1000 ea.)

The Winston Legacy Scholarship
The Winston Legacy Scholarship was established in 2019 to provide recognition and financial support to graduating seniors must have attended Winston Elementary School (WES) for at least three years. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and may pursue any major. T
he Winston Legacy Scholarship was established by Tina Joiner who attended WES as a student and later taught fifth grade there for 23 years. Mrs. Joiner resigned in 2019 to pursue business opportunities with her family. Through this scholarship, Mrs. Joiner demonstrates her continuing commitment to WES, the school system, and the community. ($500)

Listing the scholarship funds above is not a guarantee they will be awarded. The foundation reserves the right not to award from one or more of the scholarship funds mentioned above.

**PLEASE NOTE: The 2021-22 online application portal for the Douglas County Education Foundation scholarships will be open from March 10-26, 2021**

 
Click here for the online scholarship application.

Contact DCEF Executive Director Angelia O'Neal at angelia.oneal@dcssga.org with questions.

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