MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - A ceremony was held on Tuesday to announce a new scholarship that could help students in Muscogee County.
Eugene "Gene" Craig, a revered local long-time educator, has established the Jeanette Williamson Craig and Eugene L. Craig Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc.
The Craig family says they are creating the scholarship in honor of the two long-time educators for the Muscogee County School District.
The Craig Fund will select one graduating high school senior annually from Muscogee County to help achieve a college education.
Successful applicants will demonstrate financial need, high character, and average and above scholastic merit.
Mike Craig says this is something his parents would be proud of.
"Education meant everything to my mom and dad," Mike said. "We just wanted to do something. Our mother loved her job, my dad loved his job, and I think besides the 70 years that they put in…I think that wasn't enough."
To commemorate the scholarship's establishment, the Craig family presented the Community Foundation with Jeanette's 1890 Singer sewing machine, which she used to make clothes for her family and to repurpose many common household items for use in her classrooms and school libraries.
The sewing machine will remain on display in the Community Foundation office and will feature a plaque with the names of future Craig Scholars.
The first person to receive the scholarship will be in Spring 2017.