The Douglas County Chamber announced the recipients of the annual Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarships and 2015 Founders Award at the GreyStone Power Luncheon last month. The Chamber Foundation coordinates community education and leadership programs including Leadership Douglas, Youth Leadership Douglas and our Annual Chamber Leadership Scholarship.
The Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship was funded this year by the DC Chamber’s Young Professionals Connection. Each year, scholarships are awarded to high-achieving, local high school students who excel academically and have demonstrated leadership in their school and community. This year the qualities of applicants were truly inspiring and highly competitive with more than 30 applicants for only three scholarships.
The recipient of the $1,000 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarships was Kayla Evans, a recent graduate from Douglas County High School. Kayla was in the International Baccalaureate Program and a Youth Leadership Douglas graduate. She was president of the Student Government Association and was actively involved in other school organizations including National Honor Society, the Spanish and Science Honor Societies, and Beta Club. Outside of school, she works on biomedical research, is a member of the track and field team, and she enjoys serving in the dance and media ministries at her church. As a minimum-time member of AmeriCorps, she loves serving her community with the Red Cross, Youth Villages Inner Harbor Campus, and other local nonprofit organizations. In the future, she plans to concentrate in Neurobiology at Harvard College, attend medical school, and pursue a career in either neurology or neurosurgery.
The runner up recipient of a $500 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarships is Trish Jenkins from Alexander High School who will attend Kennesaw State University and major in Business. The Chamber also awarded a new Chamber Board Scholarship for $500 and the recipient was Madison Brown from Heirway Christian Academy who will attend Bringham Young in the fall.
The Leadership Douglas Program involved alumni in nominating and selecting the Leadership Douglas Founder’s Award Recipient this year. The Founder’s Award is given to a Leadership Douglas Alumni who has demonstrated the guiding principles of the organization through giving back to the community in a leadership capacity.
Mike Moore, winner of the 2015 Leadership Douglas Founder’s Award and business owner Chick-fil-A Hwy 5 and Fairburn Road, was recognized for being an excellent example of a community leader, and one seen at the helm of several non-profit organizations as well as an excellent example of a community leader, and one whoprovides so much support to so many organizations. Mikehas served on many community boards and is also a Leadership Douglas Alumni from 1992. Mike is always willing to provide community support when asked, and is well known for developing many youth as he leads an excellent team at his own company – in both of its locations.
For more information on the Chamber Leadership Scholarship or Leadership Douglas Program, visit the DC Chamber website at www.douglascountygeorgia.com.