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Watson-Brown Foundation awards $138,000 in local scholarships

As college classes begin for the fall semester, 44 students from McDuffie County received a boost in financial assistance. Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., awarded nearly $1.4 million in college scholarships to more than 400 students in Georgia and South Carolina for the 2006-2007 academic year - including $138,000 that was committed to students from McDuffie County.

"The academic prowess of this year's recipients far exceeded the expectations of our scholarship committee," said Sarah Katherine McNeil, Director of Scholarships and Alumni Relations for Watson-Brown. "We are committed to awarding scholarships to deserving students in McDuffie County."

Watson-Brown Foundation Scholars attend a wide variety of colleges and universities across the nation. The top five institutions represented are the University of Georgia, Furman University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Augusta State University, and Wofford College. Scholarship recipients attend 90 other institutions including Rice University, Duke University, Harvard, Mercer University, Agnes Scott College, University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University among others.

Based on merit and need, Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc. awards individual annual scholarships of $3,000 and $5,000. Scholarships are renewable each year based on continued academic success. Undergraduate students from Georgia and South Carolina may be considered for the scholarship; however, priority is given to applicants from the CSRA. Scholarship applications will be available online at www.watson-brown.org by Oct. 1. The deadline for the 2007-2008 academic year is Feb. 15.

Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc. was established in 1970 by the late Walter J. Brown primarily as a college scholarship program. Watson-Brown is among Georgia's largest private foundations, with annual giving totaling more than $6 million. In addition to its scholarship program, the Watson-Brown Foundation also operates three historic sites and house museums and maintains a grant program that funds historic preservation and programs in the humanities.

For more information, please call 706-595-8886 or visit www.watson-brown.org.

Local students

Andrew Carter Harding, Thomson, Georgia Southern University, freshman

Amber Nicole Johnson, Thomson, Alabama State University, freshman

Hariot K. Jones, Thomson, University of Georgia, junior

Tykia Charita Key, Dearing, Howard University, freshman

Jessica J. Miller, Thomson, Paine College, sophomore

Thomas Edward Molitor, Dearing, Augusta State University, freshman

Cheronda Delisa Neal, Thomson, Valdosta State University, freshman

Melisa Deann Newsome, Thomson, University of Georgia, freshman

Chelsey Danae Plunkett, Thomson, Augusta State University, junior

Kathy Leigh Robinson, Dearing, Georgia Institute of Technology, freshman

Kelly Robinson, Dearing, Georgia Institute of Technology, freshman

Crystal D. Whitaker, Thomson, Augusta State University, sophomore

Anthony J. Almeter, Dearing, Southern Catholic College, sophomore

Matthew A. Ansley, Thomson, Augusta State University, junior

Jessica Nicole Bell, Thomson, Northwestern University, sophomore

Deborah K. Blizard, Thomson, Augusta State University, junior

Mallory Jo Bradshaw, Thomson, University of Georgia, sophomore

Michael L. Brooks, Thomson, University of Georgia, senior

Burch, Kristen, Dearing, Augusta State University, sophomore

Stacy P. Cason, Thomson, University of Georgia, sophomore

Terryn L. Cooper, Thomson, USC-Columbia, junior

Nathan Andre Culpepper, Thomson, University of West Georgia, senior

Robert Bruce Dixon, Thomson, Georgia Southern University, sophomore

Margaret L. Dowda, Thomson, Georgia Southern University, sophomore

Thomas Craig Foster, Thomson, Mercer University, junior

Allison J. Gerlach, Thomson, University of Georgia, junior

W. Geoffrey Gerlach, Thomson, University of Georgia, senior

Amy E. Germann, Dearing, Christendom College, junior

Jessica Marie Hill, Thomson, University of Cincinnati, senior

Steven Andrew Kuss, Grovetown, Georgia Southern University, junior

Joseph G. Molitor, Dearing, Christendom College, junior

Christopher D. Neal, Thomson, Valdosta State University, junior

Laura A. Nutial, Thomson, Augusta State University, senior

Linda M. Nutial, Thomson, Georgia Institute of Technology, junior

Pamela M. Overman, Thomson, Augusta State University, sophomore

Andrew A. Pinson, Thomson, University of Georgia, junior

Lauren E. Pinson, Thomson, University of Georgia, sophomore

Bridgett E. Powers, Thomson, University of Georgia, senior

Ashley N. Rivers, Thomson, Oklahoma City University, junior

Michael A. Thomas, Thomson, Paine College, sophomore

Jeremy M. Timmerman, Dearing, Mercer University, junior

Melissa Usry, Thomson, University of West Georgia, sophomore

Wesley E. Walker, Thomson, University of Georgia, sophomore



Web posted on Thursday, August 31, 2006













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