TOCCOA, Ga. - The Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners Association recently awarded two $1,000 scholarships to outstanding mortuary students, according to a news release.
The scholarship committee presented the awards to Alonzo McMillian, a student at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Ga., Dennis Handy, a student at Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, Ga., at the annual awards banquet held during the 87th Annual State Convention in May.
Scholarship applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average, submit recommendations from instructors and employers, write an essay expressing their interest in funeral service, and attend an interview with the scholarship committee.
McMillian resides in McRae, Ga. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Paine College in Augusta, Ga., and has been employed by the juvenile justice system for eight years. He will graduate from Ogeechee Technical College in 2012. His interest in funeral service began as a child at Spaulding’s Funeral Home in Telfair County, Ga. He is very active in his community as a member of several boards, ministries and committees in Corinth C.M.E. Church and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
Handy is a native of Athens, Ga., and currently resides in Suwanee, Ga. He received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Paine College. He has been employed by Kroger, Best Boom Strategies and Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home in Athens. He will graduate from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service in August 2012.
Posted June 15