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.
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.