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March 20--  The faculty advisor to the Vidalia High School DECA Club, Bobby Stanley, provides the following regarding a scholarship in memory of Courtney Wilkes.

"Applications are now being accepted from high school Seniors wishing to apply for the 1st Annual Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Scholarship – In Honor of Courtney Wilkes, sponsored by Vidalia Comprehensive High School DECA Club.  A scholarship in the amount of $750 will be awarded to one recipient from either Vidalia Comprehensive High School or Toombs County High School, based on the following criteria:

·       Vidalia Comprehensive High School or Toombs County High School Senior, planning on attending a two or four year college and choosing a Career, Technical or Agricultural Education (CTAE )field of study (16 Pathways; List Attached)

·       Strong GPA and Class Ranking

·       Excellent Moral Character

·       Scholastic Achievement

·       Extracurricular / Community Involvement

·       Financial Need

All applicants will be required to complete and attach to their application, a one page essay (typed, 12 point, Times New Roman Font, 1 ½ spacing).

Courtney Wilkes was a rising junior at Toombs County High School (and academically number one in her class) when she was brutally murdered in June of 2011, while vacationing with her family in Florida.  The DECA Club of Vidalia Comprehensive High School sought a way to honor this exceptional young lady by creating an annual scholarship in her name.   Courtney was a friend to all, had a contagious, bubbly personality and exhibited a love of learning.  She had a bright outlook on life and planned to be a veterinarian.  She held an officer position in FFA and excelled on her soccer team.  Most importantly, Courtney upheld her principles by demonstrating a strong moral character and deep Christian faith.  

Deadline for submission is April 16, 2012.  To receive an application or should you have any questions, please contact Bobby Stanley, DECA Advisor, VCHS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 537-7931.  Recipient will be announced during Senior Night for recipient’s school in May 2012.

Recipient will be chosen by a Scholarship Committee appointed by DECA Club advisor.  All funds for the scholarship are raised by the members of the Vidalia High School DECA Club.