GHC Student Wins Prestigious National Scholarship
Georgia Highlands College sophomore Amelia Bagwell has been awarded a prestigious national scholarship by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. There were only seven recipients of the scholarship, which is awarded on the basis of noteworthy academic accomplishments, community involvement and contributions made in support of women’s issues. Recipients will also receive a one-year membership to AAWCC, which will allow them to further enhance women’s college experiences on their own campuses and beyond.
Bagwell, a Cartersville resident and nontraditional student with two daughters also in college, serves as the president both of Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society at GHC, and the GHC honors program. Most recently, she was chosen to make a presentation at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference scheduled for November 2013 in New Orleans on developing successful honors programs in two-year colleges.
Laura Musselwhite, interim vice president for academic affairs, said, “Amelia is one of GHC’s most accomplished students. She represents the heart of our mission to make rigorous educational opportunities available to anyone who wants to attend college. In turn, we’ve helped her tap into her academic strengths and leadership skills. The experience has been enormously rewarding for all of us here at Georgia Highlands. She will no doubt continue to be extremely successful in any endeavor she chooses to pursue.”
Bagwell returned the compliment by saying, “My greatest honor is watching students succeed, and Georgia Highlands College has the resources in place for everyone to achieve their scholastic goals.”
Earlier this year she was also named to the All-Georgia Academic Team. Each Georgia college may nominate two students from each of its campuses to the All-USA Academic Team. Students from Georgia nominated to the national team comprise the All-Georgia Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
Bagwell was also selected as a 2013 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, of which more than 1,800 applications were received this year. That program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The Coca-Cola foundation recognizes 50 gold, 50 silver and 50 Bronze scholars, and provides nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Bronze scholars receive $1,000 each.
Foundation Camp was a great success again this year, serving approximately 100 boys, ages 10 to 14. New activities were introduced this year, including a day of zip lining.
Cathy Ledbetter, left, campus dean at the Paulding campus, and students arrived at the crack of dawn when Channel 11, Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, broadcast remotely from the Paulding campus.
Recruiter Joey Johnson has officially left GHC and is off to med school. We’re both excited and bereft. We know he’ll do us proud. Photos are from his send-off.