GNTC Awards 4 Students With The Governor Nathan Deal Technical Education Scholarship

Monday, February 22, 2021

Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College students received The Governor Nathan Deal Technical Education Scholarship, an award of up to $2,500 for academic achievement for students enrolled in an industrial program at the Whitfield Murray Campus. 
 
The four students, Ashley Vineyard, Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Jose Cruz, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology; Matthew Dunn, Automation Engineering Technology and Stephen Hensley, Automation Engineering Technology, each received a $500 scholarship.
Mr. Cruz is the only student who has received the award twice, having received it in 2020.
 
The Carpet and Rug Institute established the scholarship in 2018 in partnership with the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia. According to President and CEO of CRI and Technical College System of Georgia Board Member Joe Yarbrough, the scholarship honors former Governor Nathan Deal for his dedication to technical education in Georgia.
 
“I am most proud of the great relationship enjoyed by the member companies of the Carpet and Rug Institute and the entire Whitfield Murray region,” Mr. Yarbrough said. “The students attaining the skills needed for our workforce have great career opportunities here. The desire to provide scholarship support to high-achieving students through the Governor Nathan Deal Scholarship established by the CRI is truly a privilege.”
 
According to David Aft, Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia president, this is the scholarship’s second term since its establishment in 2018. Aft said the scholarship was a fitting tribute to the former governor who worked so closely with the northwest Georgia region.
 
“We are proud to work with the Carpet and Rug Institute and with Georgia Northwestern Technical College,” said Mr. Aft. “Their goals parallel our own, a prepared workforce and all of the opportunities fulltime employment presents to our friends and neighbors.” 
 
The scholarship was set up as an endowment, which gains interest over time and will fund future awards, Mr. Aft added. WMC students majoring in Applied Technical Management, Automation Engineering Technology, Chemical Technology, CNC Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Flooring Production, Industrial Systems Technology, Precision Machining and Manufacturing as well as Welding and Joining Technology programs are eligible for the scholarship.

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