The Foundation at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) awarded scholarships to one qualified student at each of the 27 high schools and five college and career academies in the northwest Georgia region.
GNTC faculty, staff, board members and foundation trustees were available at many of the schools to present each scholarship winner with a $500 award to help pay for the expenses of the first year of college.
Resources for the GNTC High School Graduate Scholarships are raised through GNTC employee donations on all six campuses and through annual fundraising events.
The local recipients are David Chavez Lara, Coahulla Creek High School; Maynor Escobar, Dalton High School; Leydi Ballesteros, Morris Innovative High School; Jasmine McCollum, Murray County High School; Sydney Stanley, North Murray High School; Derick Densmore, Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy; Priscilla Pimentel, Northwest Whitfield High School; Evelyn Fraire, Phoenix High School; and Montserrath Cruz, Southeast Whitfield High School.
"We're honored to support and encourage high school students in our nine-county service area by providing these scholarships to help further their education," said Michelle Beatson, GNTC foundation administrator. "Georgia Northwestern is a vital foundation to so many of our high school graduates. This scholarship is aimed at assisting students with the cost of education and to help get them on the road to a successful future."
The Foundation at GNTC helps fund academic and support programs at the college throughout the year and has helped thousands of students in the northwest Georgia region attend college. The foundation trustees include Valerie Brown of Whitfield County, Sherrie Patterson of Murray County, Mitch Sanford of Whitfield County and Jay Still of Whitfield County.