By Curt Yeomans
Preliminary results from a recent golf tournament fund-raiser, organized by Clayton County school officials, show that the event may have raised enough money to help, at least, two dozen graduating seniors pay their college expenses, according to School System Superintendent Edmond Heatley.
The Clayton County Public Schools Promoting Student Achievement Golf Tournament, held April 23 at the Lake Spivey Country Club, was dedicated to raising money for a scholarship fund Heatley set up earlier in the school year. The fund is designed to help graduating students cover their college expenses.
After a Clayton County Board of Education meeting on Monday, Heatley said he expects to find out the final tally on how much money will go into the scholarship fund next week, but he added that a preliminary tally looks promising.
"We are still paying some of the bills from the event, but right now, it looks like we will probably see $24,000 to $25,000, go into the scholarship fund," he said.
If that predicted turnout holds true, it means enough money was raised through the tournament to give scholarships, valued at approximately $1,000 a piece, to as many as 25 graduating Clayton County high school seniors.
School System Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Luvenia Jackson, said another fund-raiser the district produced to earn scholarship money -- a step show that was held at Charles R. Drew High School in February -- put approximately $10,000 into the scholarship fund. She was unsure if all of the expenses from the step show had been paid, however.
Between the two fund-raisers, there looks to be as much as $35,000 available to help Clayton County students pay for college, based on the figures provided by Heatley and Jackson. "It's a good beginning, and we're pleased about that, so we want to thank the community for their support," Jackson said.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen from students, who have a "B" grade-point average, or higher, have given back to their community in a positive way, and have had good attendance and behavior records throughout their education careers. They will also have to write an essay that will be judged by a committee of school system officials.
Jackson said the deadline to submit applications for the scholarships has already passed -- on Monday -- and the review committee will soon begin the process of looking through the applications.
The decision will be made before high school graduation ceremonies are held at the end of the month, she said.