Date Posted: June 1, 2021
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation a $9,990 grant to support Adult Literacy. This local grant is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of $10.5 million donation to support summer, family, and adult literacy programs, representing the organization’s largest one-day grant donation in its 28-year history.
According to Jack Bowdoin, Chair of the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, “This grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will provide resources to pay for GED testing fees for Southern Crescent Technical College Adult Education students from Henry County. The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation is pleased to accept this grant, for these funds will have a significant impact on our Adult Education students in Henry County and the quality of life for the citizens in Henry County.”
The design of this project provides for 16 individual scholarships valued at $40 each to total $640. GED scholarships will be awarded by a procedure based on scholarship criteria and academic merit. In addition, the grant funds will strengthen the Laptop Loaner program and/or utilize some for the GED testing by purchasing 11 laptops at $850 each to total $9,350.00.
“For nearly 30 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has been proud to invest in literacy and education programs in our hometown communities,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “The recent and significant shifts in the educational landscape have made the Foundation’s mission more critically important. As we work to create access to high-quality instruction for all individuals, we share our gratitude for the educators who are working to uplift and empower others. We hope these funds will have a meaningful impact on students and teachers across the country and look forward to seeing the positive impact they have on learners.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer, and youth literacy programs. The Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.
About the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation
The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization organized under Georgia state law that provides guidance and helps secure funding for Southern Crescent Technical College. The Foundation is governed by a local board of trustees who represent positive leadership and community influence throughout the College’s eight-county service area of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson. By serving as advisors in the advancement of the College, the Board of Trustees plans and implements resource development activities to improve programs and recognition for Southern Crescent Technical College.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $197 million in grants, helping more than 14 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Cal Turner, Jr. founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to honor his grandfather and Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate having dropped out of school in the third grade to support his family. The Foundation aims to provide support to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations that seek to improve adult, summer, youth and family literacy initiatives. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.