|2017 Greater Greer Education Foundation scholarship recipients: Aiiison (Brooke) Bowers, Jasmine Miller, Brianna Lane Poteat, Logan Gillespie, Ghaliyah Cohen, Dequarius McClintock, Walker Crawford, Alexis Mahaffee, Dillon Bakeman, Elyssa Rivera, Travis Lancaster and Kaxena Turner.
Since 2011, The Greater Greer Education Foundation has awarded $218,900: 94 scholarships and 105 grants!
GGEF Awards 13 Scholarships Totaling $13,000 to Greer area students!
May 16, 2017
The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $13,000 in scholarships to 13 students from six high schools in the Greater Greer area Tuesday afternoon at Greer City Hall. Students were selected by the guidance department of each school and submitted to the Foundation. The Foundation in turn will present scholarship funds to the technical school or college on behalf of the student.
David Dolge, chairman of the grants and scholarship committee of the Foundation, welcomed the board members, the guidance counselors, the students and their families.
Dolge, a retired teacher and chairman of the Foundation's Grants and Scholarship Committee, told the group how much he enjoys his role. "I get to give away money"
Our 2017 scholarship recipients:
- The $1,000 Marlea Rhem Scholarship, in memory of Marlea Rhem, is awarded to Ghaliyah Cohen, who will study Biology/Pre-Med at Converse College. She is a senior at Greer High School
- A $1,000 scholarship is presented to Brianna Lane Poteat, a senior at Greer Middle College Charter High School, who will study Physical Therapy Assistance at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is presented to Virginia Slater, a senior at Greer Middle College Charter High School, who will study Nursing at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is presented to Elyssa Rivera, a senior at Byrnes High School, who will study Dental Hygiene at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is presented to Kaxena Turner, a senior at Byrnes High School, who will study Surgical Technology at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is presented to Dillon Bakeman, a student at Bonds Career Center, who will study Welding at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is presented to Walker Crawford, a student at Bonds Career Center. He will study Welding at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Alexis Mahaffee, a senior at Riverside High School, who will study Welding at ARC Labs.
- A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Logan Gillespie, a Riverside student, who will study Welding at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Jasmine Miller, a student at Blue Ridge High School, who will study toward an Associate in Business degree at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Travis Lancaster, a student at Blue Ridge High School. He will study Mechatronics at Greenville Technical College.
- A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Allison (Brooke) Bowers, who will study Esthetics-Business at Greenville Technical College. She is a student at Greer High School.
- A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Dequarius McClintock, a student at Greer High School. He will study Automotive at Greenville Technical College.
Brent Garrett, Foundation chairman, thanked the sponsors for their support: BMW, Greer Memorial Hospital, Pelham Medical Center, GSP, John I. Smith Charities, D&D Motors, Greer Women Giving for Education and C.F. Rhem Jr.
He praised the students for their choice of technical colleges.
"I know you are going to become active citizens in our business community. We are very excited to invest in your future. We wish you much success."
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Greer Women Giving for Education
holds cake-Tasting reception to support Foundation
|Lynn Clark and Linda Nicholson are ready to sample the creations of Marcus Weller and Angela Weller of Old World Pastries. The Wellers donated the desserts for the occasion.
The group has raised $30,000
since its inception three years ago
The Greater Greer Education Foundation, an initiative of the Greater Greer Education Foundation, has been busy since its inception three years ago.
The group has hosted several teas and a cake-tasting, on its way to raising funds to help fund numerou scholarships and grants for students in the Greater Greer Area.
The lastest was the cake-tasting held at Kirk Hall in Greer. Marcus Weller and Angela Weller of Old World Pastries donated the desserts.
The new initiative was established to maximize local women’s leadership in philanthropy by building awareness of the educational needs in the Greater Greer community and addressing those needs through the impact of collective giving, according to its founders, Margaret Burch and Nancy Welch.
“This idea has become a national movement of women joining together in giving circles. Many similar groups have recently formed across the state and have made a significant impact in their focus areas,” Burch said.
“Similarly, it is our hope and desire that Greer Women Giving for Education will strengthen our community.”
Membership is comprised of women who made a tax-deductible gift of $1,000 this year. The founding members are: Nancy Welch, Margaret Burch, Patti Osbon, Patricia Gibson, Ellen Wall, Harriett Williams, Sherry Anne Gettys, Lauri Ashmore, Elizabeth Atkins, Lynn Clark, Melody Owens, Sharone Wood, Mildred Griffith, Colleen Keith, Heather Gordon, Kathy Cochran and Linda Ashmore.
In addition to making the awards in partnership with the Greater Greer Education Foundation, members will also gather from time to time for networking and sharing awareness of critical educational needs and opportunities in the community.
“We are hopeful that this circle will grow each year,” Welch said.
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Blue Ridge High School students
are Cooking in the Classroom,
and cleaning up, too!
Tracy Jackson's 'Cooking in the Classroom' students recently prepared a meal
of Pork Tenderloin, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls and Dessert.
Pictures below show the students hard at work preparing the meal, enjoying
the fruits of their labor and clearing and cleaning their dishes.
To read all about it and see lots of pictures, click here.
Also read about D.R. Hill Middle School's Butterfly Garden! Click here.
Mills named Educator of the Year
Jane Mills has been chosen Margaret Burch Educator of the Year by the Greater Greer Education Foundation. She is pictured with Foundation Chairman Brent Garret, left,and Mark Owens, president of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commmerce and also ex-officio member of tthe Foundation board.
Mills is principal of Chandler Creek Elementary School
The Greater Greer Education Foundation has named Jane Mills recipient of the Margaret Burch Educator of the Year award.
Mills is principal of Chandler Creek Elementary School.
The presentation was made Feb. 16 at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce's 79th Annual Celebration presented by Greer Memorial Hospital at the Embassy Suites Golf Resort and Conference Center.
Foundation Chairman Brent Garrett was the recipient of the Sud Paget Volunteer of the Year Award. Garrett is senior vice president at Citizens Building and Loan in Greer.
GGEF Awards more than $20,000 in grants to 18 schools
For pictures, click here
January 26, 2017
The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $20,582 in grant money to 18 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties at a reception Jan. 26, 2016 at Greer City Hall.
Brent Garrett, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed grant recipients and their guests. “Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $182,000,” Garrett said. “It is because of our sponsors and community support, that we can award these grants today.”
The Corporate Sponsor for the Foundation are Greer Memorial Hospital and J.M. Smith Charities.
Corporate Friends are: BMW, Pelham Medical Center, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, D&D Motors, Greer Women Giving for Education, C.F. Rhem Jr., and Kathy Cochran.
Garrett also praised the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for their GreerMade program. “Most of our students who receive grants go to schools that prepare them for work at local companies and suppliers. By staying in Greer, they continue to make Greer “the place to be.”
David Dolge, chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, commented: "As a retired educator, being a member of a Foundation that gives money to educators and students is a privilege for me. Our classrooms are filled with very competent teachers and their needs, to effectively serve their students, are great.
I love fulfilling teachers' wishes!"
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Greer Women Giving for Education
Welcomes new members, hears success stories
|To read about Greer Women Giving and for photos from the event, click here