Education is invaluable, but college is not cheap.
“I know that firsthand coming from a single-parent household,” Shasheen Kher, 18, said Monday in the company of his mother and grandmother.
The recent Central High School graduate was among 22 college-bound Middle Georgia students who were awarded needs-based scholarships at the second-annual Education Together luncheon at Middle Georgia State University.
The scholarship program, founded by former Telegraph Publisher Don Bailey, has awarded more than $413,000 to 40 students and 10 teachers so far. More than 20 community partners, including colleges, businesses and nonprofits, contributed money for the program, which provides scholarship money to help local students attend college in the midstate.
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A $10,000 scholarship will help Kher study mechanical engineering at Mercer University beginning this fall.
“I’m very, very happy,” Niyatee Kher said of her son’s achievement. “He has accomplished what he has in the midst of adversity, which is commendable.”
Vivia Fowler, provost and soon-to-be president of Wesleyan College, said she’s happy the students will be staying in Middle Georgia.
“They could go anywhere. They’re so smart. Everybody wants them,” Fowler said. “But they’re going to stay here and they’ll make a difference to our institutions and maybe stay in this area and serve Middle Georgia. That’s what wonderful.”
There were 100 applicants for this year’s scholarship.
Eighteen students were awarded a $10,000 scholarship for four years of college. Two students were awarded the Navicent Nursing Scholarship, which is $7,500 for two years of nursing school. One student was awarded a $15,000 scholarship for four years at Mercer University. Five teachers were awarded $1,000 each for professional use.
Applications for the third round of Education Together scholarships will be accepted between Dec. 15 and March 15, 2018. For more information, visit the Community Foundation of Central Georgia’s website at www.cfcga.org.
Here’s the list of the 2017 Education Together scholars:
▪ Nancy Abarca, Rutland High School to Wesleyan College;
▪ Ranha Beak, Howard High School to Mercer University;
▪ Sarai Daniels, Howard High School to Mercer University;
▪ Andrea Felix, Southwest High School to Wesleyan College;
▪ Madison Giddings, Rutland High School to Wesleyan College;
▪ KiAundra Glenn, Northeast High School to Central Georgia Technical College;
▪ Noah Grant, Peach County High School to Mercer University;
▪ Brianna Harker, Westside High School to Mercer University;
▪ Zykerria Hill, Northeast High School, Middle Georgia State University;
▪ Reylene Kates, Howard High School to Mercer University;
▪ Shasheen Kher, Central High School to Mercer University;
▪ Zakia Moore, Northeast High School to Fort Valley State University;
▪ Nemiah Plant, Peach County High School to Middle Georgia State University;
▪ Riddhi Nirmal, Howard High School to Mercer University;
▪ Stephanie Rivera, Peach County High School to Middle Georgia State University;
▪ Jaceyona Santos, Crawford County High School to Central Georgia Technical College;
▪ Mariz Valenzuela, Howard High School to Middle Georgia State University;
▪ Naomi Neria, Westside High School to Middle Georgia State University (Navicent Nursing Scholar);
▪ Faith Siror, Mount de Sales Academy to Wesleyan College (Navicent Nursing Scholar);
▪ Zainab Siddiqui, Stratford Academy to Emory University (Mercer University Scholar).