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Financial Aid Programs

Various scholarships are available on a limited basis. The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Office announces new scholarship opportunities to the student body by OTC student email accounts as openings arise. Contact the Public Relations Project Assistant, Shaylyn Johnson, at (912) 287-6598 for additional information or visit the OTC Foundation Scholarships webpage.

Bagwell Family Scholarship

The Bagwell Family Scholarship Fund was established in 2006 by Tommy and Chantel Bagwell to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family business locations. The family business, American Proteins, Inc., has four divisions and, at one time, had three rendering plant locations. However, the Alma plant closed in 2009. One unique aspect of this scholarship is that over the course of their lifetime, Bagwell Scholarship recipients pledge to give back to OTC an amount equal to what they receive.

Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship

The Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship is awarded to a cosmetology student entering his/her final term who has excelled in the program. The scholarship was established in memory of Brooksie A. Pike by her family to honor her 40-year career in cosmetology.

Charles Eames Endowed Scholarship

Charles B. Eames, Jr., former director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (ORLS), contributed $20,000 to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation in November 2008 to establish the Charles Eames Endowed Scholarship Fund which benefits OTC students through needs-based scholarships and literacy projects.

ENERGE Industry Certification Award

The ENERGE Industry Certification fund was established in 2010 to assist students enrolled in ENERGE programs with industry certification exam fees. OTC ENERGE programs include, but are not limited to, electrical lineworker apprentice, electrical technician, electronics technology, air conditioning electrical technician and welding & joining technology. Students should contact the Foundation Office for more information.

Foundation Academic Scholarships

Credit students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher may make application for academic scholarships. The Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee reviews applications each term.

Foundation Grants/Loans

Credit students may make application for emergency grants/loans. In granting these monies, the following factors are considered: the amount of HOPE, Pell, and other monies awarded, enrollment in a program, GPA, attendance, and instructor recommendation. The Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee reviews requests.

Foundation Recruitment Scholarships for Seniors

The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation provides funding for scholarships to assist deserving students with program-related expenses. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors in the six-county service area. All seniors interested in attending Okefenokee Technical College are encouraged to apply.

Foundation GED Testing Fee Scholarship

The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation provides funding for scholarships to assist deserving students with GED Testing fees. Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in an adult education program who meet specific criteria.

Jones Company Endowed Scholarship

The Jones Company Scholarship was established in April 2006 by Patrick Jones and Jimmy Jones to aid students with college-related expenses. Applications are taken every fall and spring term, and the $600 scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate need, along with academic success. Employees of the Jones Company are given priority when all other factors are equal among applicants.

Kiley Marissa Music Scholarship

The Kiley Marissa Music Scholarship was established in loving memory of Kiley Marissa, a Bacon County student who would have graduated in 2004. The scholarship is sponsored by her family and awarded each year by her mother, Mrs. Debbie Hewett.

Monroe Foundation Academic Scholarship

Credit students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher may make application for a Monroe Foundation Academic Scholarship. The Monroe Family Foundation funds these scholarships and helps fund many others, such as Toolbox Scholarships, Emergency Funds Grants, and Foundation Recruitment Scholarships for Seniors. The Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee reviews applications for Monroe Foundation Scholarships each term.

Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship

The Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled or accepted in a diploma or degree program at Okefenokee Technical College. Recipients are selected based on academic history, work ethics, and financial need. The intent of the scholarship, established by the 2005 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship, is to assist students who have encountered financial hardships which may result in an inability for students to complete their program of study.

Pat Knox Scholarship

The Pat Knox Scholastic Achievement Award is presented to a Surgical Technology student in his/her final term who has excelled in the program. The scholarship fund was established by friends and relatives to honor Pat Knox, a former Okefenokee Technical College Surgical Technology instructor.

Satilla Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Presidents Scholarship

Qualifying applicants for the SRMC Auxiliary President’s Scholarship are those who are enrolled in a healthcare program at OTC and are in good academic standing. The scholarship fund for these awards was established in 2008 to recognize Rex Abbott, the resigning auxiliary president and a former OTC employee, and all former presidents of the auxiliary. It is the mission of the auxiliary to ensure future healthcare workers for this area.

Dr. Shirley D. Miller Nursing Scholarship

The Dr. Shirley Dowling Miller Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a nursing student entering his/her final term who has excelled in the program and met all other criteria for the award. Students must be recommended by their program instructor(s). The scholarship was established in recognition of Dr. Miller, who is a retired OTC nursing instructor, for her belief in the educational process and her contributions to and support of Okefenokee Technical College.

South Georgia Street Rods, Inc. Scholarship

South Georgia Street Rods established this scholarship for students enrolled in automotive programs at OTC. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate an extraordinary interest in the automotive industry and who display the desired skills and talent to be successful in the field.

SunTrust Scholarship

The SunTrust Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Ware County High School senior who has plans to attend Okefenokee Technical College. The $500 scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to OTC students for college-related expenses.

Toolbox Scholarship

Toolbox Scholarships are contingent upon proceeds from the Foundation’s annual golf tournament and "toolbox" contributions. Toolbox Scholarships are offered each term, until funds are depleted.

Waycross Exchange Club Scholarship

The Exchange Club of Waycross established the OTC Exchange Club of Waycross Scholarship fund. Once funds accumulate to establish an endowed scholarship, the OTC Foundation, on behalf of the club, will offer the Exchange Club of Waycross Endowed Scholarship annually to deserving students to aid them in college-related expenses.

Waycross Kiwanis Scholarship

The Kiwanis Scholarship was established to provide support to Okefenokee Technical College through financial assistance to deserving OTC students. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, be a resident of Ware County, and have evidence of leadership skills or community service.

Waycross Rotary Scholarship

The Waycross Rotary Club presents an annual scholarship to one or more students from Okefenokee Technical College. Students are nominated by their instructors. The following criteria are used when considering nominations:

  • First priority-Rotarians and /or family members of Rotarians
  • Second priority-Non-traditional students who demonstrate financial need
  • Third priority-Students worthy of recognition by the Rotarians

Waycross Service League Scholarship

The Waycross Service League Scholarship is awarded to female students who reside in Ware or Pierce counties who have shown a commitment to the betterment of their community through participation in community service activities and projects.

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