Garner Economic Development Annual Report 2022 - Page 9

AWARDS FIRST SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOCAL STUDENTS
ENDOWMENT FOR EDUCATION

AWARDS FIRST SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOCAL STUDENTS

In November , the GEDC awarded the inaugural round of scholarships from its Endowment for Education . Four students were awarded scholarships of $ 2,200 to further their education at Wake Tech Community College . The 2021 graduating recipients are Daniel Mendoza-Perez and Kailey Liles , from South Garner High School , and Amaryah Thomas and Chris Yoo , from Garner Magnet High School .
The GEDC Endowment for Education was created early in the year with a $ 250,000 donation to the Wake Tech Foundation . Scholarships provided by the endowment will enable at least one student from each of Garner ’ s high schools to attend Wake Tech at no cost for two years . Many recipients of this scholarship will be the first in their families to attend college .
“ What a great day for Garner ,” said Mayor Ken Marshburn . “ These scholarships will have an invaluable impact on the lives of those who receive them . As I explained to this year ’ s recipients , we want them to get their education and then come back to Garner and help us make our community an even better place .”
From left to right : Rodney Dickerson , Griffin Laughridge , Paige Harris , Stephanie Lake , Daniel Mendoza-Perez , Chris Yoo , Jeff Swain , Amaryah Thomas , Timothy Walker , Ken Marshburn , Doris
Huebner , and Suzanne Griffin .
We are thrilled to be a part of these young adults ’ life journey . This endowment was not only set up to help ensure our local business community has access to a well-educated workforce , it is also a tool to help break the cycle of poverty in our community and ensure that the rising tide that we see in the Triangle surely does lift all ships .
JEFF SWAIN
GEDC CHAIRMAN