Education notebook: Westside graduate receives Mercer scholarship

Westside High School graduate Andrew “AJ” Taylor is this year’s Griffith Scholar at Mercer University. Taylor will be a freshman and plans to major in biology on a pre-medical track.

Benjamin W. “Benjy” Griffith III, a 1977 Mercer graduate and Macon businessman, started the scholarship in 2010, according to a news release.

The scholarship is awarded to seniors from accredited high schools in Macon or Bibb County who have been attending school in the county since the ninth grade. Recipients must have a 3.25 high school grade point average and be economically disadvantaged under federal guidelines.

Taylor was the captain of his varsity tennis team and president of math honors society Mu Alpha Theta during his senior year, among other activities.

“We are thrilled to have a great student, and a great person coming to study with us through this wonderful program,” Penny Elkins, Mercer’s senior vice president for enrollment management, said in the release. “We thank Benjy Griffith for his generous support of these students and the University. We look forward to receiving many more talented young men and women as a result of this scholarship opportunity.”

Macon student receives ADHD scholarship

Meredith Wright, of Macon, who will attend Samford University, is one of 50 students across the country receiving a scholarship for those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Wright will receive $2,000 and weekly coaching sessions for a year through scholarships from biopharmaceutical company Shire, according to a news release.

Scholarship winners were chosen based on community service, volunteer work, extracurricular activities and a personal essay.

The company offered scholarships to 25 students when it started the scholarship program last year.

Writing award offered to Georgia College undergrads

Undergraduate students at Georgia College & State University will be able to submit their work for the Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Award this month.

The award is named after a 1934 graduate of Georgia State College for Women, which eventually became Georgia College, according to the university’s website.

Applicants must be students in the arts, humanities, social sciences or physical sciences fields and can submit a short story, drama or poem.

According to submission guidelines, short stories must be typed, double-spaced and no longer than 20 pages.

Entries in the drama category must be one-act plays no longer than 20 pages. Those interested in the poetry category can submit up to three poems no longer than five pages.

Applicants can begin submitting their work, which must be hand-delivered from Aug. 31 through Oct. 1 at noon to Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Award, Department of English and Rhetoric, A&S Suite 3-03.

For an application form, visit the university’s website at

Compiled by Telegraph writer Andrea Castillo.