Scholarships

The Wiregrass Foundations offer named scholarships, books, and financial assistance, as funds permit, to qualified students.

Each named scholarship below has a specific set of requirements and application process. When applying, please complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation noted in the application process for each scholarship for which you wish to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The following named scholarships are available for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College students for the semesters indicated in their descriptions. Once awarded, details about use of and continuation of scholarships can be provided by Foundation staff.

Application Process – Fall semester application cycle is OPEN.

  • Review scholarship criteria to see if there is a scholarship for which you may be eligible.
  • Unless indicated otherwise, applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA to be considered and maintain the 2.0 (or otherwise stated) cumulative GPA throughout the scholarship cycle.
  • Unless indicated otherwise, applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours for the semester(s) of the potential scholarship award. Additional scholarship requirements are listed below.
  • Identify a Wiregrass Instructor or Wiregrass Staff to complete a letter of recommendation. You will need to provide their Wiregrass email in the application and we will request the letter of recommendation.
  • Complete the online application by the published deadline, which includes answering the following questions:
    • Tell why you would like to receive the scholarship(s) for which you have applied.
    • What are your career goals?
    • Describe areas in your life where you demonstrated leadership and overcame obstacles either through your school, social, or family life.
    • How have you made a difference in your community?
    • Why did you select this career?
  • This is a competitive process, so make sure your written or video responses are grammatically correct and well written/spoken. Good luck!
  • Optional: Attend mySuccess Workshop: How to apply for a Foundation Scholarship
  • Optional: Send your draft response to tutoring@wiregrass.edu for feedback

Contact Mona Paulk if you have questions about the process or scholarship requirements.

Additional Assistance

The Foundations may also provide some assistance with educational expenses to qualified students who do not receive named scholarships. Students who reside in Atkinson, Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, or Wilcox County should complete this Foundation North application. Students who reside in Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Lanier, or Lowndes County should complete this Foundation South application. If you need to borrow a book, complete the Foundation South book loan application or the Foundation North book loan application. Students who reside in Brooks County who need to borrow a book should complete this application.

Scholarships for Any Program

About: The mission of the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to work together toward common goals that will enhance the quality of life in Cook County.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters for a student at the Cook County Workforce Development Center who is a resident of Cook County.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $1500 divided over three semesters to two full time students under age 25 who reside in Lanier County and attend on the Valdosta or Cook campus.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides $600 to a resident of Atkinson, Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, or Wilcox County who is enrolled at Wiregrass. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be a high school graduate, demonstrate financial need, show strong Involvement in civic or school related clubs/organizations, have strong work ethics, and possess strong leadership abilities or potential. Financial Need and Work Ethic Grade will be assessed as part of the scholarship requirement.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides $250 to a student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and enrolled on the Valdosta Campus in any program of study.
About: CJB Industries is a contract chemical manufacturer. The company is the independent supplier of choice for chemical manufacturing services, formulating, processing, filling and packaging liquids and solid products for industrial market customers, with a focus on tolling and contract packaging in the agricultural industry.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $1000 divided into three consecutive semesters to a Valdosta Campus student in any program of study. Must have maintained a 3.0 GPA for the past two semesters and continue to maintain if awarded the scholarship. If not attending school full-time, must be employed.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides up to $2000 divided over three consecutive semesters for a student on the Valdosta or Cook Campus in any program of study. Must have excellent work ethics. Work Ethics grade will be reviewed. Preference is given to students who resided at Georgia Sheriff’s Boys Ranch in Hahira.
About: Dan Hatfield, Jr. was a restorer of things, and his hands were two of his finest features. He had the mind and the skill to make old things new again and loved outdoor living. He took his family along with him, and we had many adventures. There were beach rides and Christmas trees brought home in the jeep he rebuilt, fishing trips in the boat he kept, and trail rides on the horses he taught us to ride. He rode a black Harley Davidson. He was loyal to his country and served in the US Air Force. He was community minded and served as a volunteer deputy in Nassau County, Florida. He was compassionate and supported the Sheriff Boy’s Ranch. He was a paper maker at Container Corporation of America in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Dan was born at Port St. Joe, Florida on January 11, 1937 and died of cancer November 15, 1985 in Fernandina Beach where he is buried. Written by Dan Hatfield, Jr.’s daughter, Mrs. Susan Putnam.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $1000 divided over three consecutive semesters to a student enrolled on the Valdosta or Cook Campus in any program of study.

About: Farmers and Merchants Bank is proud of our banking heritage and are even more excited about our future. We remain dedicated to the development of our long term plans, while remaining open to new opportunities that fit our banking philosophy. We plan to integrate each opportunity into changes that will make this company stronger and better diversified. It is the belief of management and their intention that our bank evolve with the changing needs of our customers. As the times and technology have changed, so has the Bank, but one thing has and will always remain constant is our commitment to be "The Best of the Best". Farmers & Merchants Bank proudly serves its customers in Conyers, Homerville, Lakeland, Nashville and Valdosta, Georgia.

Scholarship Requirements; Provides $2,500 over a maximum of 5 semesters to a full-time Wiregrass student enrolled on any Wiregrass campus and in any Wiregrass program.

Additional Requirements: Must be enrolled in 12 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to continue receive the scholarship during subsequent semesters.

About: Fourakers was a woman who understood the limited career opportunities without a post high school education or training. Having grown up fatherless since the age of nine, the wife of a farmer and mother of four children. In 1957 she moved from Lowndes to Lanier County with her family when her husband took a job as a farm manager. At the time little did she know, Lanier County would be the place where she would invest the remainder of her 89 years of life. Her faith in God, her determination to provide her children with opportunities she did not have, her love for family and her willingness to help others were the focal marks in her life that permitted her to imbed herself into the community. She loved her church, First Baptist, Lakeland, GA, and served faithfully through various ministries for over fifty-five years. Her affiliation with Patten Seed Company (Super-Sod), her second family, for over forty-five years and her work as a kindergarten and first grade paraprofessional at Lanier County Primary School for fourteen years gave her purpose and exposed her to the needs of others. This is where she identified with the hurts and desires of little children that would be the catalyst for her involvement in the Peanut Butter & Jesus Ministry (PB&J) for over five years. She quietly encouraged others through a home-cooked meal, a short visit, or a greeting card in the mail. She did not have the opportunity to go to a formal college, but educated herself on topics of interest through books and familiarizing herself with a changing world. When her husband died in 1985 and her children had moved away, she turned her focus to the community where she found a sense of accomplishment through helping and inspiring others.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides up to $1500 divided over three consecutive semesters to a student on the Valdosta or Cook Campus in any program of study. Priority is given to Lanier County residents.

About: E. Lewis Vaughn, the son of Joseph “Slick” and Bessie Mae Vaughn, has been a continuous resident of Jasper, Florida since birth. He is a graduate of J.R.E. Lee High School and received a Pittsburg certification in Welding (currently American Welding Society) from Valdosta Technical College (currently Wiregrass Georgia Technical College). Early in life, Lewis began to develop a special interest in his father’s profession, blacksmith and welding. As he grew older, his childhood curiosity grew into a career goal. His Father, an exceptionally gifted craftsman, became his teacher, mentor and employer with increasing responsibilities and job assignments. After graduation from high school, Lewis became a full time employee of Slick’s Welding Shop. Upon his father’s retirement in 1974, Lewis received a “…gift for a lifetime….” Slick’s Welding Shop was transferred to him. With the transfer came a new owner and a new business name, Vaughn’s Welding and Muffler Shop. It was also the beginning of a third generation of Vaughn’s entrepreneurship presence in Jasper which began in 1910. In addition to being a businessman, Lewis retired in 2012 from the honorable position of a Hamilton County commissioner after serving for twenty-seven years. His commitment to the citizens of Hamilton is evident by a review of his work as a county commissioner and as a skilled craftsman in the technical and occupational services he provides. The E. Lewis Vaughn Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to selected residents of Hamilton County desiring to pursue a career in the selected occupational and technical programs. The recipients of this assistance must be committed to contributing to the enhancement of the quality of life for the residents of Hamilton County. This financial assistance program is an investment for the future of Hamilton County.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides up to $500 over two consecutive semesters for to a full time student from Hamilton County, Florida enrolled on the Valdosta Campus in an approved major to promote the economic development of Hamilton County. Approved programs are EMS Professions, Phlebotomy Technician, Pharmacy Technology, Nurse Aide, Practical Nursing, Computer Programming, Computer Support Specialist, Website Design, Early Childhood Care/Education, Commercial Truck Driving, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Landscape Specialist, Firefighter I and II, Firefighter/EMSP, Air Conditioning Technology, Air Conditioning Repair Specialist, Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Chassis Technician Specialist, Electrical Systems Technology, Electrical Technician, Machine Tool Technology, Gas Tungsten Arc Welder, Welding and Joining Technology.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters to a student who resides in Coffee County in any program of study. Must be a high school graduate with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must show financial need, have strong involvement in civic or school related clubs/organizations, have a strong work ethic, and possess strong leadership abilities or potential. Financial Need will be assessed as part of the scholarship requirement.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters for a graduating senior from any Coffee County High School enrolling at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Must have with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must be majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business, Education or Healthcare. Must show financial need, have strong involvement in civic or school related clubs/organizations, have a strong work ethic, and possess strong leadership abilities or potential.
About Howard Jordan: Howard Jordan was a dynamic part of our Foundation since its inception in 1985. The sole mission of the Foundation is to provide financial assistance for educational opportunities at Wiregrass Georgia Tech. We have been very blessed to attract some of the most caring and sharing friends in South Georgia. Being the first technical college in the state to have an active Foundation, we continue to grow and serve the needs of our students. Howard not only served as our first director but he also guided the college through two major gifts campaigns, many annual campaigns, and several special projects. This scholarship was established by his friends and former colleagues at his retirement to continue his legacy.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters to a student who resides in either Atkinson, Ben Hill, Coffee, Irwin, or Wilcox County.

About Joe Compton: Coach Joe Compton had a profound impact on Fitzgerald and Ocilla, but his coaching ability was known far and wide. In 1958, Coach Compton took the job as head coach in Fairhope, Alabama. It was his first job as head coach of a football team. The following year he moved to Fitzgerald and began coaching at the high school. In 1980, he took a coaching position in Irwin County. Several of his former players, colleagues and friends donated money to establish this scholarship in his honor.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters to a Fitzgerald or Irwin County High School graduating senior who will attend Wiregrass.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two semesters. Each year two graduating seniors from Ben Hill, Irwin, and Wilcox counties are selected to receive the John Henry Dorminy, Jr. Scholarship. Each respective high school shall be responsible for student selection. Application Process: See your high school counselor to apply.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides up to $1000 divided over three semesters for a student who completed high school or obtained a GED over seven years ago and is enrolled on the Valdosta Campus in any program of study. Must have excellent work ethics. Work Ethics grades will be evaluated.
About: Founded in 1915, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters to a student who resides in Cook County and is enrolled on any Wiregrass Georgia Technical College campus and in any program of study.

About: Marion H. Massee, III was one of this community’s most loved individuals. Soft spoken, but yet a man who could make things happen for the betterment of us all. Marion loved his church, his family, and his community. When there was a job to do, Marion was the “Go To” person. His generosity is evident throughout the community. Marion was a builder by trade. Whether it was buildings, lives, or intangible things that made all of our lives just a little easier. Marion and his wife Joyce and their four sons were examples of how Christian living can enrich a family and everyone they come in contact with. Marion Massee was a charter member of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (formerly Ben Hill-Irwin Vocational School). Throughout all the name changes, his involvement never wavered. He was a true friend of the college. His frequent donations always came at strategic times to help students in any way he could. We established this scholarship to honor Mr. Massee and all of his work for the college and community. Award amount will be based on interest earned that year from the investment account. As of February 2018, the amount to be awarded is $400.00.

Scholarship Requirements: Must be at least a second semester student and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. Must have unmet financial needs, be on track to complete his/her program of study, and be in good standing with the college. Financial Need will be assessed as part of the scholarship requirement.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $2000 divided over three consecutive semesters to a Valdosta or Cook Campus student in any program of study. Wiregrass Work Ethic grades will be reviewed.
About: Love for a brother, friend, and colleague has opened the door for an educational scholarship in memory of Roger Crenshaw, retired employee of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Sam Crenshaw and Harvey Broome started the momentum for this tribute with notable contributions from friends, businesses and associates that Roger dealt with during his career at the college.

Scholarship Criteria: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters to a student who resides in Ben Hill, Crisp, Irwin or Wilcox County.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $1000 divided over three semesters for a Brooks County High School senior with a minimum GPA of 2.0 who will attend Wiregrass on the Valdosta or Cook Campus.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters for a graduating senior from any Coffee County High School enrolling at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must be majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business, Education or Healthcare. Must show financial need, have strong involvement in civic or school related clubs/organizations, have a strong work ethic, and possess strong leadership abilities or potential. Financial Need will be assessed as part of the scholarship requirement.

Scholarships for MAFB Students

Scholarship Requirements: Provides a $1000 scholarship divided over three semesters for a Wiregrass student on active duty at Moody Air Force Base.

Scholarships for Specific Programs

Scholarship Requirements: Provides up to to $500 over two semesters for a Cook Campus student. Students in General Maintenance Mechanic and Business Management are given preference, but applications are accepted from students in any major.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 divided over two consecutive semesters. Must be enrolled in Telecommunications or Business Office Technology.
About: Kevin always dreamed of going to a culinary school to become a chef. Unfortunately, Kevin was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 13. After graduating from Lowndes High School, his dream was to attend Johnson Wales Culinary School. Due to his illness he did not get the opportunity to attend. Therefore, Kevin enrolled as a student Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (formerly known as Valdosta Technical College) in the Data Communications program. When he learned that the technical college was going to start a complete Culinary Arts Program, he was excited. He vowed to be one of the first students in the program. During the planning stages of the program, we lost Kevin due to complications during a medical procedure in March of 2008. This scholarship will be offered as a memorial allowing us to fulfill Kevin’s wishes of being involved in the Culinary Arts Program at Wiregrass Technical College and to keep his dream alive in the students attending.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 over two semesters to a student enrolled in the Culinary Program in Valdosta.

Additional Requirement: In 300 words or less, tell the committee why you feel that you should be the recipient of the Kevin DeMarcus Acree Memorial Scholarship and why you are attending Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Explain in detail what you would like funded through this scholarship; books, supplies, equipment, tuition, etc.

Scholarship Requirements: The scholarship is $500 each for two nursing students in the final year of study and be students on the Valdosta Campus.
Scholarship Requirements: Open to any student in the Wiregrass service area who is taking Industrial Systems, and whose parent is an employee or shareholder of Premium Peanut. If none of these apply, then it is open to any WGTC Student in IST.
Scholarship Requirements: Available for Two Consecutive Semesters. The scholarship amount to be determined based on earnings through the endowment to be presented in equal payments for two consecutive semesters. ($500 - student will be given $250 for two consecutive semesters.) Must be attending Wiregrass as a full-time student (enrolled in at least twelve credit hours); must have and maintain a GPA of 2.0. Scholarship is open to Telecommunications Technology students only.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides $2000 divided over three consecutive semesters to a student taking at least 9 credit hours in an emergency services program on either the Valdosta or Cook Campus.
Scholarship Requirements: Provides $2000 divided over three consecutive semesters to a student taking at least 9 credit hours in a technical/industrial program on either the Valdosta or Cook Campus.
About: Since its inception in Valdosta, Georgia in 1975, Ace has been performing quality electrical installations in a full range of markets including: retail, education, healthcare, institutional, industrial, commercial, correctional, hospitality, military and others. In the past 15 years, locations have been added in Macon, Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, Jackson, Tennessee, Statesboro, Georgia and Siler City, North Carolina. Ace offers preconstruction services, hard bid, design-build, negotiated contracts and fee-based work. We have the resources, professional staff and project management team to handle almost any type of electrical project. Our history of safety and quality has been established through years of successful projects and satisfied customers.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 in full to a student during the fall semester of each year. The student must be a current Ace Electric employing entering into the Commercial Industrial Electrical Construction program at Wiregrass. Scholarship can be used for tuition, books, supplies, equipment, or any items the student needs to succeed in school. If the selected student does not use all of the scholarship while in school, the remainder can be used for supplies/equipment needed for employment.

Scholarship Requirements: Provides $500 each for two (2) outstanding senior HIT students for the RHIT Certification Exam. Must be submitted at the beginning of the student's final semester.
Scholarship Requirements: Available for Cost of Certification Exam for an EMS Student. Must be an EMS student enrolled on the Valdosta Campus.