ATLAS Ministry is pleased to announce the continuation of THE LAWTON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND, a significant endowment generously provided by Greg and Anna Lawton. The Scholarship Fund is a minimum ten-year commitment that awards qualified students in Greene County the opportunity to pursue their college or vocational dreams. Students will be able to fulfill their educational requirements for up to four years if they continue to meet the obligations of the scholarship.
Last spring, the first Lawton Scholars were announced, both from Greene County High School. Darrell Evans and Tionna Thornton have each begun their college ventures and are actively involved on their respective campuses. Darrell is at GA College and State University in Milledgeville. He is engaged with his classes, which he says are “very challenging and require critical thinking,” but he reports receiving scores of 95% on two recent exams. Darrell has also joined an organization on campus called MALE Connection, which focuses on mentoring young African-American males for leadership and education. Darrell says that this ties back to his dream of returning to Greene County to mentor students here.
Tionna is attending Augusta University in Augusta. She is enjoying her classes and her professors, saying they are “not too hard—yet!” Tionna has also joined several student organizations such as the Pre-Nursing Society, the Chemistry Club, and the Baptist Christian Ministry. She is also singing with the Gospel Choir and attends a Bible study each week.
The Lawtons established the direction and purpose of their Scholarship Fund, which is to inspire hope, build futures, and transform the lives of teens in Greene County. “A quality education is one of our family’s core values,” affirm the Lawtons, “and we feel blessed to connect with students in Greene County where this Scholarship Fund can inspire them to ASPIRE to pursue their educational goals without undue financial burden. Our dream is to have many LAWTON SCHOLARS thrive with their educational dreams and pursue careers that positively impact their lives and the future communities where they choose to reside.”
The Lawton Family Scholarship Fund is administered by ATLAS Ministry, which has been an active part of Greene County since 2006 as a Christ-centered community resource that works with families who are committed to setting their lives on a healthy and productive path.
The Lawtons are interested in supporting students with all types of dreams for their futures, including 2- and 4-year degrees as well as programs for job training that do not require college but will take participants directly into the job market upon successful completion.
The Lawton Family Scholarship is open to all graduating seniors at Greene County High School and Nathanael Greene Academy, and in the spring of 2018, we will add the first graduating class at Lake Oconee Academy. Students who are interested in finding out more information about how to become a Lawton Scholar can click here to download an application packet.
The Christian Learning Center (CLC) Scholarship: Miss Lindsey Ellis, Nathanael Greene Academy
Lindsey hopes to attend college to major in Early Childhood Education. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership in her diverse array of activities from student clubs and church to athletics and acting. She played the lead role in One-Act Play and twice won state champion; she also received the all-state outstanding performer award and was the literary duo-interpretation state champion. She was a class officer from 9th grade through 12th, serving as president in her senior year. She excels academically, ranking among the top five in her class.
In her essay about the CLC class, Lindsey discussed the difficulties of being a Christian teenager in today’s world and said that this class had strengthened her ability to have faith in all situations and that teenagers do not have to conform to the patterns of the world but “can set a new standard full of positivity and good influences.”
The HOPE Scholarship: Miss Tionna Thornton, Greene County High School
Tionna plans to major in nursing with a concentration in Women’s Studies to pursue her career as a Neonatal/OBGYN Nurse Practitioner. She has been accepted at GA Southern University, Augusta University, and GA State University; however, her dream is to go to Spelman College. Tionna is a strong leader, having held leadership positions in several student organizations as well as serving as vice-president of her senior class. She also excels academically, ranking among the top five in her graduating class.
Tionna remembers her HOPE class, describing it as “uplifting.” She says that she likes helping people get things done to be successful. On her own, she mentored a group of girls at Greensboro Elementary and enjoyed seeing them transition to middle school. She says that hard work is teaching her responsibility and that she has learned to prioritize her time.
Lawton Family Scholarships: Miss Tionna Thornton and Mr. Darrell Evans, Greene County High School
ATLAS Ministry is pleased to announce the recipients of the first Lawton Family Scholarships, Miss Tionna Thornton and Mr. Darrell Evans, both upcoming graduates of Greene County High School. The awards were announced at the Honors Night program on Thursday, May 12. The winners were selected from among a strong group of candidates after an initial application review, then interviews with the selection committee as well as the Lawton Family.