Valdosta > Lowndes Retired Educators $2000 Scholarship

| January 23, 2015

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VALDOSTA — In these difficult economic times, more 2015 high school seniors are either relying on financing college educations by borrowing money or they are not enrolling in college at all. This may be especially true for prospective education majors. Lower entry level salaries compared to peers in other professions mean lessened ability to repay student loans after receiving the education degree.

Since 1997, the Valdosta Lowndes Retired Educators Association (VLREA) has provided $17,000 to 29 deserving students from Echols, Lowndes, and Valdosta seniors who intended to pursue college degrees in teaching. VLREA is a voluntary service organization of retirees associated with public education. VLREA is affiliated with the Georgia Retired Educators Association, which supports local efforts to provide scholarships.

This year, VLREA has allocated a $2000 scholarship for a deserving local student. The recipient has the flexibility to use the money for books, tuition, or any other school-related expense.

Scholarship Chair Susan Robeson said: “Valdosta Lowndes Retired Educators Association members contribute money in memory or in honor of others to fund scholarships, keeping alive the memories of those honored for future generations. We also receive help from community organizations and businesses through our Spotlight Ads and other fundraising efforts. We look forward to continuing our tradition of almost 20 years of providing a good start for future educators, such as last year’s awardees Victoria Crouch and Parker Roberts.

We are distributing information regarding scholarships to senior counselors at local high schools. The application is simple and easy to complete. Deadline to return applications is February 28,2015. No applications will be accepted after this date. A committee will review the applications, and recipients will be notified by early March. Parents and teachers are asked to encourage students who wish to become educators to apply for the VLREA scholarship.”

More information about VLREA scholarships can be obtained from Mrs. Roberson (229) 244-8246 or by emailing the Association at vlrea@bellsouth.net.

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