Jordan Peeples and Brent Taylor recently visited Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) to personally meet and congratulate Zackery Wilkins, the recent recipient of the Justin Peeples Memorial Computer Information Systems Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of their son and brother.
Ms. Taylor said her son Justin was a determined individual who worked through his diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome to become a very independent young adult. At age 17, he quit high school after missing much of the first half of his senior year due to a physical condition that set limitations on him. He attended Southern Crescent Technical College, formerly Griffin Technical College, and received his GED as well as the Presidential Award of Excellence. His passion and goal in life was to work with computers and, with a lot of hard work and dedication, he received his A+ Certification before his 18th birthday. Justin was tragically killed in an auto accident on September 5, 2011. In his memory, the family established a Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation scholarship that has awarded aid to students in the CIS program during both fall and spring semesters.
Zackery is studying Web Design at the College and was a nominee for the 2019 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at SCTC. Zackery said the scholarship helped him purchase textbooks and helped reduce his stress level as he was concerned about taking a semester off work to focus on graduating from his program.
Some scholarships account for financial aid assistance while others are established for students who do not qualify or have capped their financial aid allocations. Students have expressed that they would not have been able to pursue their education without the assistance from the SCTC Foundation scholarships. Numerous possibilities exist at SCTC for donors interested in contributing to student support through naming opportunities, bequests, scholarships and in-kind donations. Donors are advised to consult the potential benefits with their tax advisor before making a gift. For more information, contact the College’s office of Institutional Advancement at 770-229-3417 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Foundation scholarship applications for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters will open March 1 to March 31 and can be accessed at https://www.sctech.edu/currentstudents/student-services/financial-aid/foundation-scholarships/.