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Scholarships 2014

schaliarship 2014

Front Row: Eddie McDonald, Principal Pickens High; Dr. Lula Mae Perry, Superintendent Pickens County Schools; Sarah Barnes, Univ. of North GA; Alyssa Weaver, Texas Tech Univ.; Richlan Hutchins, Salem College; Hayoung Moon, Kennesaw State Univ.; Darla Lipscomb, Univ. of North GA; Katherine Woody, Kennesaw State Univ.; Emily Fraysier, Coastal College of GA
Back Row: Christian Stewart, Kennesaw State Univ.; Jacob Stephens, Tulane Univ.; Brandon Parris, Kennesaw State Univ.; Stephen Ensley, Univ. of GA; Jimmy Lee, Univ. of GA; William Avant, Univ. of GA

The Bent Tree Foundation, partnering with the Bent Tree Tennis Community and Saddle Club, awarded $17,500 in scholarships to deserving graduates of Pickens High and $9,840 in teacher/school grants to five teachers and one principal in Pickens County schools. This total of $27,140 represents a growth of approximately $4,000 over last years’ awards. The Foundation continued to award scholarships of $1000 value and the Tennis Community increased their scholarship value from $1200 to $1500 due to a very successful tennis tournament held in Bent Tree involving a large participation as well as enthusiastic sponsors.  The Foundation also received a very generous gift in memory of Flo Matthiesen from her husband, Jim Matthiesen, a former resident of Bent Tree. The scholarship and grant recipients were honored at a reception held at Club Tamarack on Sunday, May 4. In his opening remarks, Jesse Hunter, Chairman of the Foundation, paid tribute to Bill Bapst, Co-Founder and former Chairman of the Bent Tree Foundation, recognizing his philanthropic work through the Knights of Columbus, Georgia Mountain Hospice and the Bent Tree Foundation. Bill loved this community and we are all better for having known him.

Two scholarships were awarded in memory of Bill Bapst, made possible by donations made in his honor, to graduates Jimmy (J.J.) Lamar Lee (University of Georgia) and Richlan Carris Hutchins (Salem College). General scholarships were awarded to: Wesley Stephen Ensley (University of Georgia), Haley Elisabeth Matthews (Mercer University), Hayoung Moon (Kennesaw State University)   and Alyssa Lane Weaver (Texas Tech University).  Three scholarships were awarded in memory of Flo Matthiesen to: William David Avant IV (University of Georgia), Jacob Kenneth Stephens (Tulane University) and Katherine Presley Woody (Kennesaw State University). Two designated scholarships requiring attendance at the University of North Georgia were awarded to (1) Sarah YiFan Barnes, sponsored by Martha B. Stephens in honor of her sister, Linda Brown August, a former University of North Georgia professor and (2) Darla Jane Lipscomb, sponsored by Colin and Sheila Thompson in honor of their sons, Christopher C. Thompson and Stephen W. Thompson, both alumni of the University of North Georgia.

The Bent Tree Tennis Community partnered with the Foundation in awarding three scholarships to: Emily Fraysier (College of Coastal Georgia), Brandon Scott Parris (Kennesaw State University) and Christian Alexander Stewart (Kennesaw State University).

Over the past four years, the Bent Tree Foundation, in partnership with the Bent Tree Tennis Community, Golf Community and Saddle Club, has awarded 68 scholarships with a total approximate value of $55,000 and 27 grants with a total approximate value of $25,000. The Foundation would like to thank everyone who has contributed in raising $80,000 in support of expanding educational opportunities for our young people. If you would like to help support this program, please click here for information on tax deductible donation opportunities.

Scholarships 2013

Attending scholarship attendees - 05/26/13The Bent Tree Foundation, partnering with the Bent Tree Tennis Club, Golf Community and Saddle Club, awarded $16,600 in scholarships to deserving graduates of Pickens High and $7,195 in teacher/school grants to nine teachers in Pickens County schools.  This total of $23,795 represents a growth of $5,645 over last years’ awards. The scholarship recipients were honored at a reception held at Club Tamarack in Bent Tree on Sunday, May 26. This year, the Foundation was able to double its individual scholarship value from $500 to $1000 and also increase the number and value of teacher/school grants over last year’s totals.  The Foundation also received a very generous gift in memory of Flo Matthiesen from her husband, Jim Matthiesen, a former resident of Bent Tree. Mrs. Matthiesen was a teacher specializing in early childhood education. The Matthiesens have always been interested in promoting quality education for the young people in our community. The Tennis Club was able to increase their individual scholarship value from $900 to $1200 due to a very successful tennis tournament held in Bent Tree involving a large participation as well as enthusiastic sponsors.

General scholarships were awarded by Bill Bapst, Chairman of Bent Tree Foundation, to the following graduates of Pickens High School:  Hannah Caroline Eilers (Valdosta State University), Justin Thomas Fellenbaum (Chattahoochee Technical College) and Jacob Nathaniel Godfrey (Southern Polytechnic State University).  The next five scholarships were awarded in memory of Flo Matthieson: Ellyn Elizabeth Duncan (Georgia Southern University), Hannah Carleen Land (Chattahoochee Technical College), Christopher Jeffrey Leicht (University of Georgia), Judith “Tori” Victoria McDaniel (Georgia State University) and Elizabeth Charlene Ray (University of Georgia). Three designated scholarships requiring attendance at the University of North Georgia were awarded to (1) Emma Laine Hoffbauer, sponsored by Colin and Sheila Thompson in honor of their son, Christopher C. Thompson, an alumnus of the University of North Georgia, (2) Mollie Anna Shaw, sponsored by Colin and Sheila Thompson in honor of their son, Stephen W. Thompson, an alumnus of the University of North Georgia, and (3) Amber Brooke Shields, sponsored by Martha B. Stephens in honor of her sister, Linda Brown August, a former University of North Georgia faculty member.

The Bent Tree Tennis Club partnered with the Foundation in awarding three scholarships to graduating seniors participating in the Pickens High tennis program in addition to other criteria.  Kristy Coleman, representing the Bent Tree Tennis Club, awarded scholarships to (1) Whitney Clark (Methodist University), (2) Samuel Jenkins Dotson (Young Harris College), and (3) Tate Edward Rizoti (Young Harris College).  The Bent Tree Golf Community presented a scholarship to Kelah Mackenzie Hendon (Valdosta State College).  Previously, Hailey Treadwell was awarded a scholarship to Berry College from the Bent Tree Saddle Club.

We ask for your help in promoting and supporting this program and encourage you to go to our website, benttreefoundation.org, for information on tax deductible donation opportunities.  Please call 770-893-3428 if you have any questions concerning this Foundation program.  The Foundation is especially grateful for the generosity of Mr. Jim Matthiesen, Nivek, and the many donors who participated in its fundraising projects.

Scholarships 2012

The second year of the Bent Tree Foundation’s Scholarship Grant Program was completed with the awarding of twenty-two scholarships totaling $13,700 to graduating seniors from Pickens High School plus two awarded previously by the Bent Tree Saddle Club. This represents an increase in scholarships of seven and in funding of $4,200 over last year’s totals. These scholarship recipients were honored at a reception on Sunday, May 6, at Club Tamarack. Four types of scholarships were awarded: five general scholarships and four designated, funded through donations to the Foundation; five tennis and six golf, funded through the Bent Tree Tennis Club and the Bent Tree Ladies’ and Men’s Golf Associations.

The five general scholarships were presented by Bill Bapst, Chairman of Bent Tree Foundation, Inc., and awarded to the following graduates of Pickens High School: Kaitlin Renee Dykes (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College), Harrison Alexander Kreafle (Georgia Tech), Stephany E. Navarro (Dalton State College), Kara Catherine Rumble (University of Georgia), and Alissa Leann Weaver (Chattahoochee Technical College).

Three designated scholarships requiring attendance at North Georgia College & State University were awarded to (1) Kaley Salone Brown in honor of Linda Brown August, a former North Georgia College & State University faculty member, (2) Jarad Lee Byers, in honor of Stephen W. Thompson, an alumnus of North Georgia College & State University, and (3) Sawyer Cash Henderson in honor of Christopher C. Thompson, an alumnus of North Georgia College & State University. The fourth dedicated scholarship was awarded to Austin Scott Stone (Dalton State College) in honor of Thurman Slone.

The Bent Tree Tennis Committee partnered with the Foundation in awarding five scholarships to students participating in the Pickens High tennis program in addition to other criteria: academic excellence and school and community activities. Jesse Hunter representing the Bent Tree Tennis Club assisted Bill Bapst in awarding scholarships to Kristen Marie Garner (Dalton State College), Samuel Cale Heath (Georgia College and State University), Hannah Marie Keeter (North Georgia College and State University), Brooke Elizabeth Smith (Word of Life Bible Institute), and Katie Elizabeth Tippens (Georgia College & State University).

The Bent Tree golf community, represented by Carol Slone, partnered with the Foundation in awarding six scholarships. The Bent Tree Golf Ladies “Nine Holers” awarded one scholarship to Sarah Elizabeth Adams (North Georgia College & State University) for her participation in the Pickens High golf program as well as meeting academic, activities and service criteria. The ladies also awarded a designated scholarship to Kristina Leah Bravo (Young Harris College) in memory of Flo Matthiesen. Kristina is following in Mrs. Matthiesen’s footsteps by pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education. The Bent Tree Ladies’ and Men’s Golf Associations awarded four scholarships to the following: Carly Noel Culverhouse (University of West Georgia), Amber Leann Hester (Armstrong Atlantic State University), George Griffith Montgomery (Kennesaw State University), and Julius Griffieth Weyman (Southern Polytechnic State University).

The Bent Tree Foundation is honored to support these young men and women recognizing their outstanding scholastic achievement and school and community service. Fifty-two exceptionally qualified students applied for assistance this year, and the Foundation was able to help twenty of those applicants. In addition, seventeen teachers applied for educational grants to provide programs that will motivate our children and encourage them to strive to do their very best. These grant requests totaled $28,700, and the Foundation was able to honor six of them for $4,450. The Foundation needs your help in continuing and growing this scholarship and grant program so that we can better benefit our young people by being able to award more scholarships and more grant requests.

If you would like to speak with someone concerning this program, please call 770-893-3428. One hundred percent of all donations made specifically to this program are used to fund scholarships and grants.

Scholarships 2011

The first year of the Bent Tree Foundation’s Scholarship/Grant Program was completed with the awarding of thirteen scholarships totaling $7,300 to graduating seniors. These students were honored at a reception on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

Seven general scholarships were presented by Bill Bapst, Chairman of Bent Tree Foundation, Inc.to the following graduates of Pickens High School: Emily Anderson (Kennesaw State University), Shelby Barron (Kennesaw State University), Joseph Bates (Georgia State University), Chelsea Coleman (Kennesaw State University), Matthew Cook (Kennesaw State University), Madison Eubanks (Piedmont College) and Michael Land (University of Georgia). Additionally, two dedicated scholarships which required attendance at North Georgia College and State University were awarded to Morgan Arp and Morganne Hester.

Through our partnership with the Bent Tree Tennis Committee, four scholarships were awarded to students who participated in organized tennis programs in addition to meeting other criteria. Len Levy, Chairman of the 2011Tennis Committee, awarded scholarships to Mitchell Ball (Emerson College), Joseph Elphingstone (Tusculum College), Taylor Jordan (Reinhart University) and Michael Smith (Dalton State University).

The Bent Tree Foundation was honored to recognize the outstanding scholastic achievement as well as the school and community service of these students. Of the forty-four students who applied, the Foundation was able to assist thirteen of them. We are most hopeful that donations will enable us to assist more students at the end of this 2011-2012 school year.

 

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