The Douglas County Chamber is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarships and Founder’s Award. The Chamber Foundation coordinates community education and leadership programs including Leadership Douglas, Youth Leadership Douglas and AMP’D. The recipients were announced at the GreyStone Power Luncheon on May 14th.
The Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship is funded by Advancing Modern Professionals in Douglas, the Douglas County Chamber’s young professional program. 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 quality 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 Scholarship is Grayson Jones, a graduating senior from Alexander High School. Grayson was a 2017 Youth Leadership Douglas graduate. She is a member of the French Honor Society, National Honor Society, Beta Club, and Key Club. Grayson also participates in chorus, color guard and the swim team. In the fall, Grayson will attend the University of Georgia and major in Business with a minor in French.
The runner up and recipient of a $500 Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship is Deena Dayal, a graduating senior from Alexander High School, who will attend Spellman University and major in Engineering. The Chamber Board Scholarship winner and recipient of $500 is Jayden Braxton from Chapel Hill High School. He will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and Social Studies Education.
Chamber Foundation Board Chair, Jennifer Moore, commented, “I am so proud of the Foundation Leadership scholarship recipients, they have worked hard and deserve this recognition. It’s nice to know the Chamber Foundation is able to give back to students in our own community who show such promise for the future and are already doing great things in Douglas County.”
The Leadership Douglas Program involves alumni in nominating and selecting the Leadership Douglas Founder’s Award Recipient each year. Leadership Douglas is a program of the Douglas County Chamber Foundation. The Founder’s Award is awarded to alumni who demonstrate the guiding principles of the organization through giving back to the community in a leadership capacity.
Rosco Sayyar is the recipient of the 2019 Leadership Douglas Founder’s Award and co-owner of Sam & Rosco’s Restaurant and The Centre at Arbor Connection. Rosco is a supportive and active member of Leadership Douglas as an alumni. He serves on the Foundation Board of Trustees, hosted annual events and multiple fundraisers with classes over the past seven years to support their service projects. He is the epitome of a natural born leader and well-respected member of the community.
Moore commented, “Rosco Sayyar is very deserving of this honor. He has been an integral part of our community for a long time. From hosting Chamber events, participating in Chamber programs, serving on the Chamber board and everything else in between. I am happy to call Rosco my friend and congratulate him on this recognition.”
For more information on the Chamber Foundation Leadership Scholarship or Leadership Douglas Program, visit the Chamber website at www.douglascountygeorgia.com.