Retired Educators Give Scholarships

| December 14, 2015

Education

VALDOSTA — In these difficult economic times, many 2015-16 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 an education degree. But help is on the way!

Since 1997, the Valdosta Lowndes Retired Educators Association (VLREA) has provided $19,000 to 30 deserving seniors from Echols, Lowndes, and Valdosta. These students were interested in pursuing 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 to deserving students.

Again this year, VLREA has allocated a $2000 scholarship for one 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 financial help 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 the 2015 $2,000 winner, Rebekah Herring of Valdosta High School. If any other community organizations wish to participate in this effort, their contributions would be appreciated.”

VLREA is now distributing information regarding scholarships to senior counselors at local high schools. The application is simple and easy to complete. Deadline to return applications is March 15, 2016. No applications will be accepted after this date. A committee will review the applications, and recipients will be notified by early April. 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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