The Rotary Club of Carrollton Dawnbreakers is making a lasting impact on local students by establishing an endowed scholarship with the West Georgia Technical College Foundation.
The club–known locally as the Carrollton Dawnbreakers—has a long history of support for West Georgia Technical College, most notably by funding testing scholarships for those seeking a GED.
“The Dawnbreakers Rotary Club has been a proud supporter of WGTC for many years through the GED program, and, as we looked at how we can best serve our community through the money we’ve raised, investing in an endowment for technical education was the perfect fit,” Club President Adam Wilkins said.
Initial funding for the endowment was completed over the summer, and the first scholarship should be awarded for Spring Semester 2020. Students who reside in Carroll County with demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply. Applicants are not restricted to a particular field of study at WGTC, but those who have received a Dawnbreakers GED testing scholarship will be given a preference, WGTC Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Kelsey Jones said.
Jones said the funds can go toward tuition costs, but they can also be used for other expenses—books, equipment and fees. The goal, she said, is to break down barriers that would keep students from completing their education.
“When we sat down with the WGTC team, we looked through the different options for endowments, and choosing this one was an easy decision,” Wilkins said. “We realize that those who qualify for this scholarship are those who may put off their courses, not due to the tuition costs, but due to the smaller things that may put them over budget. For some, it may be the difference between feeding their families or continuing their education—and we can help alleviate that gap.”
Scholarship recipients also will have the opportunity to build a relationship with the club through opportunities for mentoring. Wilkins said the club will invite recipients to meetings and events and provide support by connecting them with club members who can help the student grow personally and professionally.
At a check presentation event, West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Scott Rule expressed appreciation for the club’s support.
“One of the first events I attended as President was a check presentation by the Dawnbreakers to support GED testing scholarships,” he said. “I learned quickly that this is a group of people who really understand the need and understand the impact that their support can have on real people in our community.”
“We are so grateful for this expansion of their support to include our credit programs. Beyond the financial assistance, the opportunity for a student to engage and be mentored by club members really is priceless,” Rule said.
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties, offers more than 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is one of the largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges. For more information, please visit westgatech.edu.