5 CTC students from Bartow win scholarships


The Chattahoochee Tech Foundation has made it a little easier for five Bartow County residents and 79 other students to pay for their education. 

The foundation presented 53 different scholarship awards to 84 students at its annual Scholarship Luncheon April 12 at Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro campus in Acworth.

“With scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $2,500, the total value of these scholarships was $90,800,” CTC Advancement Coordinator Amanda Henderson said in a press release. “The 84 winners represent a wide variety of programs at Chattahoochee Tech, and they will be able to use the scholarships to advance their educational and career goals.”

Scholarship winners competed against hundreds of applicants from the college, according to Henderson. The board of trustees scored the recipients, and the top applicants were matched with the appropriate scholarship.

Besides meeting the special criteria for certain scholarships, applicants had to meet specific GPA requirements, demonstrate financial need and be enrolled for a specified number of credit hours.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of our scholarship donors,” said Jason Anavitarte, chairman of the foundation board of trustees, in the release. “Through their support, they are helping to make education an affordable reality for students at Chattahoochee Technical College.”

Aimee Abernathy, 46, of Cartersville received one of two AAUW of Cobb County Scholarships valued at $2,000.

“I am very thankful for the scholarship,” the first-year cosmetology student said. “It provides opportunity for all students trying to start a new career.”

Cartersville resident Samuel Maina, 42, won the $1,000 C&W Services Industrial Maintenance Annual Scholarship, which will help him finish his degree in industrial maintenance and electrical technology.

“Winning this scholarship affirms that college was my best idea for the success of my future,” the third-year student said. “This scholarship will allow me to continue pursuing my associate degree in hopes of graduating. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity and gift of assistance.”

Receiving one of the six $1,000 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Endowed Scholarships was 27-year-old Simrendeep Purewal, who is working on an associate of applied science degree in cybersecurity.

“My education is very important to me and vital to the success of my future,” the Acworth resident said. “Winning this scholarship not only lessens my burden of tuition fees, but also this scholarship will allow me [to pursue] my degree [and] graduating this year. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity. Feeling blessed.” 

Matthew Wright, 21, of White was awarded the $1,000 Suggs Endowed Scholarship.

“It’s very humbling to know that others are so freely willing to contribute to my goals and aspirations to enable my success,” the second-year computer programming student said. “It’s a definite motivational booster to make things happen, not only for myself but for the betterment of the community and for my everyday neighbor.”

Bartow County resident Kayla Tipton received one of two $1,000 Tara Drummond Memorial Scholarships.