By DONNA HARRIS
More than 100 Chattahoochee Technical College students have gotten some financial assistance with their post-secondary education.
On March 18, the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation awarded 109 scholarships valued at $112,000 to CTC students to help them advance their educational and career goals.
“The ability to award the largest amount of scholarship funds to the most students during these unprecedented times is such an incredible thing,” CTC Advancement Coordinator Amanda Henderson said. “Each of these scholarships were given by individuals and companies who care about Georgia’s workforce and know that our economy depends on our graduates. Students experiencing uncertainty will not have to worry about paying tuition next semester.”
This year’s figures far eclipsed last year’s totals – 84 scholarships totaling $90,800.
The scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,500, were given to students representing a wide variety of programs at CTC, Henderson said.
“We’ve been able to award more scholarship funds to students than ever before at a time when scholarships may be the only way for these students to continue their studies at Chattahoochee Tech,” she said. “We’re thankful for our steadfast donors who step up to provide funding for our students, no matter the current circumstances.”
Three Bartow County students were among the 2020-21 scholarship recipients.
Cybersecurity student Simrendeep Purewal received one of three AT&T Scholarships this year and also was a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Endowed Scholarship recipient last year.
The Billy Askea Endowed Scholarship went to interior design student Tabitha Lallerstedt.
Anita Koch, who is studying accounting, won the Suggs Endowed Scholarship.
Hundreds of CTC students competed for the sought-after scholarships, and the top applicants were matched with the appropriate scholarship.
Besides having to meet special criteria for certain scholarships, the recipients also had to demonstrate financial need, meet specific GPA requirements and be enrolled for a specified number of credit hours.
Jason Anavitarte, chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees, said college students are “in need more than ever today,” and receiving funds to help them pay for their education takes them one step closer to fulfilling their career goals.
“These scholarships make a huge impact on getting students into the workforce,” he said in a news release. “Our donors are supporting not only the educational goals of our students; they are supporting the workforce needs in our community.”
Recipients normally receive their awards and meet their donors at the annual scholarship luncheon on the North Metro campus, but it had to be canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown.
“Unfortunately, we will not be holding an awards ceremony this year,” Henderson said. “Since our donors truly enjoy meeting their recipient, we’re using video software to allow our scholarship recipients to virtually introduce themselves and express their gratitude.”
Anyone interested in becoming a donor should contact Henderson at 770-528-4461 or visit www.chattahoocheetech.edu/donate-now.