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Tony Smith Receives OTC Foundation Scholarship

David Anthony (Tony) Smith (right) of Nahunta was selected as a spring quarter 2009 recipient of an OTC Foundation Academic Scholarship. According to Foundation Director Cindy Tanner, recipients of these scholarships must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet other specific criteria determined by the Foundation scholarship committee. OTC President Gail Thaxton is shown here presenting Smith with his scholarship check. Dr. Thaxton and Tony Smith

Smith is a full-time student in the welding and joining technology program at Okefenokee Technical College and drives approximately 82 miles each class day to attend college. His program instructor, Doug Furman, recommended Smith and said that Tony is “an excellent student.” Smith’s parents are Enoch and Marylyn Smith of Brantley County. Spend any amount of time with Tony and you will hear him brag on his family, including his two children and three grandchildren.

According to Tanner, six OTC Foundation academic scholarships were awarded in April to deserving students who made application for awards. In addition to Foundation academic scholarships, OTC Foundation trustees award toolbox scholarships, hardship grants and scholarships, and a number of restricted or named scholarships each quarter. The award amounts vary depending on program length and other criteria. Twenty-four students received financial assistance totaling $3,795 through the toolbox scholarship fund spring quarter. Academic scholarships and hardship grants are funded through the foundation’s Gritz & Glitz Gala, annual fund drive, the Monroe Foundation, and OTC staff contributions (internal campaign drive), while toolbox scholarships are funded through the Foundation’s golf tournament.

Congratulations to Tony Smith and the other spring quarter scholarship recipients.

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