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03/07/03 - Newly Created Ben & Fay Barrett Scholarship Fund At Reinhardt College To Benefit Gilmer County Students

Barrett Scholarship

Gathered together recently to celebrate the ew Ben and Fay Barrett Scholarship opportunity were: (front, left - right) Fay Barrett, Gilmer County High School seniors Rebecca Mathews, Gaudalupe Landaverde and Daisy Ceja; and (back, left - right) Don Burkhalter, Ben Barrett, Sara Gardner and Sid Berry.  

Reinhardt College is proud to announce to new scholarship fund that will benefit qualified current and prospective Gilmer County students. Beginning in April 2003, Reinhardt's new Ben & Fay Barrett Scholarship Fund will receive proceeds from the Faith, Hope, & Charity Recycle Store, 701 Lost Forest Rd., in Ellijay, Ga. These proceeds will provide financial aid to Gilmer County students enrolled at Reinhardt College (Waleska, Ga.) who have demonstrated financial need.    Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood thanked those who envisioned the new fund.

 "Ben and Fay Barrett, as well as Bill DeLoney and all of the volunteers at the Faith Hope & Charity Recycle Store, care deeply about their community and about providing a quality education to young people from their area, and we are most appreciative of them," Isherwood said.  "Also, we are grateful to Walter Beck, one of our assistant professors of business who lives in Gilmer County. Walter is so enthusiastic about Reinhardt in his hometown that he's a one-person marketing and recruitment department. Reinhardt is truly blessed to have folks like the Barretts, Mr. DeLoney, Faith Hope & Charity and Walter in our corner."

Currently, 27 Gilmer County students attend Reinhardt, 11 of whom are freshmen. Almost half of these students were named to the College's Dean's List this past fall semester. The scholarship recipients will be selected from the qualified students enrolled at Reinhardt.

Gayle Popham, Reinhardt Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement, was complimentary about the reception Gilmer Countians have long enjoyed with Reinhardt.

"We get so many talented students from this area," Popham said, "and our alumni base is strong here, as well. In our latest alumni directory, we listed almost 100 alumni in Gilmer County, and we've graduated a number of students since 1999 to add to those numbers. With this new financial assistance for local students, I know Reinhardt will be even more attractive to Gilmer County's best and brightest."


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