Five Local 5th Graders Receive Scholarships

Press Release

New Program delivers early college scholarships to five local fifth-graders

COLUMBUS, GA - Americans believe fundamentally in opportunity, and that each of our nation's children should achieve to the highest limits of his or her character and intellect. The Columbus Scholars Project, a community effort dedicated to this principle, is therefore pleased to announce its scholarship recipients of the Class of 2021. The five fifth-grade students are:

  • Nikki Stout, Reese Elementary School
  • Rawlanda Hercules, Clubview Elementary
  • David Crall, J.D. Davis Elementary
  • Deja McCaslin, Forrest Road Elementary
  • Quandre Lewis, Downtown Elementary

The Class of 2021 Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday December 28, 2009, at the offices of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The ceremony will be sponsored by the Muscogee County School District. At the formal ceremony, students will be matched with a mentor and receive their Scholarship Award letter from Dr. Susan Andrews, Superintendent of the Muscogee County School District.

Students enter the program as fifth graders, selected from a pool of applicants on the basis of academic performance, financial and personal need and the potential for personal growth. 

They enter a long-term, one-on-one mentoring relationship administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Upon successful completion of the program, which includes adherence to a basic set of behavior rules and academic achievement consistent with admission to an institution of higher learning, recipients will be provided with the financial resources to attend college. 

Since its initial May 2009 fundraiser, the Columbus Scholars Council has raised or received firm pledges for approximately $40,000 -- all of which will go directly to fund or support students' education.

Administrative fees of Columbus Scholars are raised or sponsored separately from the scholarship fund.

During the Columbus Scholars' time in college, the program will pay scholarship funds directly to their school, provide some reasonable spending money directly to the student, and continue to support the students' relationships with their mentors.

The Columbus Scholars Project is a long-term poverty reduction program for need-based students with a goal of providing hope through education and support for character development.