Retired educators offer teacher scholarship


VALDOSTA – Valdosta Lowndes Retired Educators Association offers a $2,000 scholarship each year to an aspiring future educator from one of three area high schools. 

Applications are given to Valdosta, Lowndes and Echols County high schools early in January, according to association members.

The association has given more than $25,000 in scholarships to area students since 1997. Each of the applicants were interested in pursuing a teaching career, and the same holds true this year, members said. 

If a person is serious about entering the field of education, contact a high school counselor for the application.

The association is a voluntary service organization of retirees associated with public education, which includes teachers, administrators, custodians, bus drivers, professors, paraprofessionals and anyone who is “truly interested in the education of children and youth in our communities,” association members said. 

The Valdosta-Lowndes County association is the local branch of the Georgia Retired Educators Association, which supports efforts to provide scholarships to deserving students as one of its many attributes.

The $2,000 scholarship is flexible and may be applied to books, tuition or any other school-related expense.  Almost every year, the organization hears from recipients who let the organization know how much their scholarships have been appreciated as they began their college journeys.

Susan Roberson, scholarship chair, said the organization’s members contribute money in honor or memory of family, friends, special events or moments in their lives in order to fund the scholarships. 

Gifts are also given simply because of the personal support of this effort to assist an upcoming educator.

Funds are also allocated through Spotlight Ads, which recognize local businesses, the Belk Charity sales and other fundraising efforts. 

The organization hopes to continue awarding scholarships to future educators, such as Catharine Elizabeth “Beth” Kirk of Lowndes High School, the 2018 scholarship winner, members said. 

Any individual, business or organization that would like to participate is welcome. If interested, submit a donation to Dari. John Rice, association treasurer, at 2704 Berkley Drive, Valdosta, Tidak. 31602.

The association scholarship application is available from the high school guidance department. It is praktis and easy to complete, members said.  

It must be mailed by the deadline of March 15. Nomor applications are accepted after this tanggal.

A committee reviews and judges each application, and the recipient will be notified by early April. The winner will be recognized at the April meeting of the association.

The association asks parents and teachers to encourage seniors who wish to become educators to apply for the VLREA $2,000 scholarship.

For more information about the scholarship, contact Roberson, (229) 244-8246 or email