The application period for scholarships for use during the 2017-2018 school year opened in mid-December 2016 and closed on February 3rd, 2017. Information about scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year will be available in late Fall 2017.
The Douglas County Public Education Trust (PET) is pleased to offer scholarships to graduating seniors within the Douglas County School System who plan to continue their education at the college or university level. PET’s scholarships are funded by local individuals, businesses, and service organizations. We are grateful for our generous scholarship donors who allow us to recognize and financially reward deserving high school graduating seniors.
PET recommends reading each scholarship description carefully because criteria vary for each scholarship. Scholarships require a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 unless noted otherwise. Students may apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Applications not completed accurately or in-full will be disqualified.
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.
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 PET Board.
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, 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.
Clara Evelyn Brown Scholarship
The Clara Evelyn Brown Scholarship was established in 2016 to offer recognition and financial support to women entering STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) fields, and to pay tribute to the namesake. The scholarship was established by the namesake’s son, PET Board Member James Brown, as a perpetual tribute to his mother who passed away in 2015. The Brown Family appreciates the value of education as well as the ever-increasing costs of obtaining one. This scholarship is designed to alleviate some of the financial burden on promising female students who wish to further their education at the college or university level. Applicants must plan to pursue a STEM-related major and career. This scholarship will be made available to males should the criteria for the scholarship not be met by any female applicants.
Community Character Coalition of Douglas County Scholarship
The Community Character Coalition of Douglas County was established “to advocate teaching and demonstrating positive moral character” to students, families, the business community, etc. When the Community Character Coalition disbanded in 2016 after 15 years of service, the organization transferred its remaining funds to PET’s scholarship program. The Community Character Coalition of Douglas County Scholarship is offered to students who are residents of Douglas County, demonstrate positive character qualities, and are current active volunteers with at least one Douglas County not-for-profit service organization.
Denim and Diamond Charities of Douglas County Scholarship
The Denim and Diamond Charities of Douglas County is a not-for-profit volunteer organization created in 2011 to raise money for children’s charities in Douglas County. Thousands of dollars have been raised over the years to help such organizations as the Douglas County Boys and Girls Club and A Children’s Voice: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Two scholarships are offered annually: one to a graduating male and one to a graduating female from the Douglas County School System. Applicants must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5. Because Denim and Diamond Charities is a volunteer organization serving the community, applicants must be current active volunteers with at least one Douglas County not-for-profit service organization.
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. Applicants must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5.
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.
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 students upon their graduation from the program. 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 Performance Learning Center. 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. Mr. Remillard continues to be an active volunteer in the community and serves on the PET Board.
Edward and Brenda Denovellis Scholarship
The Edward and Brenda Denovellis Scholarship was established in 2015 by the namesakes to provide assistance to New Manchester High School seniors in the Special Education Program planning to continue their education beyond high school. There is no minimum Grade Point Average required for applicants. Due to family obligations, neither Mr. or Mrs. Denovellis’s parents were able to graduate from college, but they instilled in their children the importance of taking full advantage of the education system in our country. Consequently, with their parents’ help and support, all eight children earned college degrees, four of whom became teachers. Mr. Denovellis is retired from Coca-Cola and is a former PET Board Member, and Mrs. Denovellis is a teacher at New Manchester High School.
Edward and Brenda Denovellis Scholarship for Outstanding New Manchester High School Students
The Edward and Brenda Denovellis Scholarship for Outstanding New Manchester High School Students was established in 2017 by the namesakes to provide assistance to New Manchester High School seniors who excel in academics, extracurricular activities, and community service. Due to family obligations, neither Mr. or Mrs. Denovellis’s parents were able to graduate from college, but they instilled in their children the importance of taking full advantage of the education system in our country. Consequently, with their parents’ help and support, all eight children earned college degrees, four of whom became teachers. Mr. Denovellis is retired from Coca-Cola and is a former PET Board Member, and Mrs. Denovellis is a teacher at New Manchester High School.
Gold’s Gym Scholarship
Gold’s Gym offers scholarships to graduating seniors from the five high schools in the Douglas County School System. Each recipient must attend a different high school. Students applying for this scholarship must have participated for at least two high school years on a school, intramural, or county/regional sports or cheerleading team. Applicants must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 Team sports promote physical fitness and encourage participants to work together for the good of the whole.
Golden Eagle Scholarship Established in 2016 to help alleviate financial barriers to higher education, the Golden Eagle Scholarship is open to Douglas County High School and Lithia Springs High School graduating seniors. Golden Eagle Scholarship applicants may continue their education at the post-secondary vocational/technical college or university level. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and meet residential criteria within the award year that include a verifiable three months or longer participation in a rental assistance program; residence in a public housing project or subsidized community; residence in a hotel/motel; or residence in a non-permanent dwelling constructed or substituted for a homeless shelter. Through this scholarship, anonymous donors wish to commend students who make a difference in the lives of others while facing their own hardships. The Golden Eagle Scholarship is administered by PET.
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.
John and Stephanie Bleakley Scholarship
The John and Stephanie Bleakley Scholarship was established in 2016 to offer recognition and financial support to high school seniors who plan to further their education at the college or university level. The scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Bleakley, longtime community volunteers and owners of John Bleakley Ford in Lithia Springs, GA. Mr. and Mrs. Bleakley appreciate the value of education as well as the ever-increasing costs of obtaining one. This scholarship is designed to alleviate some of the financial burden on promising students who wish to further their education by selecting a major that will prepare them for a career in the automotive industry, aviation, or business.
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.
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 PET. PET is particularly honored to administer the Kathryn Milner Shehane Memorial Scholarship since Ms. Shehane was instrumental in PET’s founding in 1993. Applicants must plan to major in education.
Kiwanis Club of Douglas County Scholarship The Kiwanis Club of Douglas County has been awarding scholarships to students since the 1983-1984 school year. Scholarships are offered annually to graduating seniors who are members in good standing at a Key Club sponsored by the Douglas County Kiwanis Club. Because Kiwanis Club of Douglas County is a volunteer organization serving the community, applicants must provide a description of volunteer experiences, during Key Club membership and in the community at large. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average.
At present, the Douglas County Kiwanis Club sponsors Key Clubs at all five high schools in the Douglas County School System and Harvester Christian Academy. Beginning in 2016, PET began administering the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County’s scholarships offered to Douglas County School System students. Key Clubs must be in good standing with Kiwanis International in order for members to apply for this scholarship. One scholarship will be awarded per Key Club.
The Kiwanis Club of Douglas County provides funds and volunteer service to help various youth organizations throughout the county including Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, A Gift of Love, and others. The organization’s primary fundraiser is the annual Sweetwater Creek Triathlon, Duathlon, and 5K Fun Run which is held on the first full weekend in June. The primary focus of the Kiwanis Club of Douglas County is the support of preschool and school age children in the Douglas County community. Kiwanis Club of Douglas County is dedicated to the Kiwanis International major emphasis program of Young Children: Priority One.
Nora McDonald Memorial Scholarship
The Nora McDonald Memorial Scholarship was established in 2012 to honor the memory of Ms. Nora McDonald, and to fund scholarships for Douglas County School System seniors who attend the College and Career Institute (CCI). Ms. McDonald served as the Office Manager at the CCI from 2009 until the time of her death in 2011. Pending qualified applications, this scholarship will be awarded to two male and two female students.
Reverend Alvertis Hilton Memorial Scholarship This scholarship was established in 2016 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 its beloved namesake, 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.
WellStar Douglas Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Established in 2017, this scholarship is funded by the WellStar Douglas Hospital Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is comprised of local volunteers who 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 Auxiliary uses the majority of its 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.
Winn 3 Charitable Fund Scholarship The Winn 3 Charitable Fund Scholarship was established with PET 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 which may be renewed up to four years, pending satisfaction of requirements.
Do not begin completing the scholarship application before reading each scholarship’s description shown above.
You may compete for all scholarships for which you are eligible by completing one application.
You may skip sections for scholarships for which you are not eligible, but all sections must be completed for scholarships for which you are applying.
Incomplete or incorrect applications will be disqualified.
Your transcript and letter of recommendation must be e-mailed to Lynn Murray at email@example.com at the same time you submit your application. Make sure your letter of recommendation is written by the appropriate person as specified in the application. If the letter writer is not qualified as specified in the application, your application is subject to disqualification. Applications submitted without e-mailing letters of recommendation and transcripts separately but at the same time are subject to disqualification.
Contact PET Executive Director Lynn Murray with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-883-6337.
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Billie Yancey Memorial Scholars – $1,000 each
Ahmad Al-Husseini, Douglas County High School
Emily Austin, Chapel Hill High School
Amelia Cole, Alexander High School
Farhan Lakhani, Douglas County High School
Clara Evelyn Brown Scholar – $1,000
Paula Torres-Wilcken, Douglas County High School
Denim and Diamond Charities of Douglas County Scholars – $1,000 each
Victoria Jensen, Lithia Springs High School
Jordan Luke, Chapel Hill High School
Don Remillard Scholars – $500 each
Naimah Holland, Alexander High School
ShaKayla Holley, Alexander High School
Edward and Brenda Denovellis Scholars – $1,000 each
Kady Cochran, New Manchester High School
James Garrett, New Manchester High School
Gold’s Gym Scholars – $2,000 each
Vincent Buckman, Lithia Springs High School
Alexandra Hovan, Alexander High School
Symonne Martin, Douglas County High School
John and Stephanie Bleakley Scholar – $500
Peter Compitello Jr., Alexander High School
Kathryn Milner Shehane Memorial Scholar – $1,000
Maria Ortiz, Douglas County High School
Nora McDonald Memorial Scholars – $250 each
Edasia “Daisy” Hoefer, Chapel Hill High School
Kalah Kennebrew, Lithia Springs High School
Jessica Melara, Alexander High School
Yaa Ofori, Chapel Hill High School