High school seniors in Toney Valley invited to apply for scholarships

Graduating high school seniors of the Toney Valley neighborhood in Decatur are encouraged to apply for scholarships before May 11.

Two scholarships and a Janet L. Pierce book stipend, together worth $650, will be awarded this year to three seniors pursuing their passion through higher education.

The Toney Valley Civic Association, which started administering the annual scholarships and book stipend last year, only asks that applicants have been living in the Decatur subdivision for at least a year.

“It might not be the straight-As student that we choose,” said Terryl Obasanya, chair of the association’s scholarship committee, on May 2. “The scholarships are for seniors who really have a passion for what they want to do.”

Applicants must submit their completed scholarship application forms electronically to toneyvalleycivicassociation@gmail.com or to the senior counselor at Columbia High School, Rhonda Griggs, by May 11.

Two signed reference letters are required, from teachers or administrators of no relation to the student, as well as a copy of verification of acceptance to an accredited institution of post-secondary education.

The association will contact applicants with interview appointment times before the interviews take place at the Scott Candler Library, at 1917 Candler Rd in Decatur, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on May 19.

The inaugural scholarships and book stipend were created by the Toney Valley Civic Association in celebration of its 33rd anniversary, which it observed in 2017.

Each scholarship is worth $250 and the book stipend – honoring the memory of Pierce, a community activist and longtime Toney Valley resident who died Nov. 16, 2016 – is worth $150.

Obasanya said any Toney Valley high school senior graduating at the end of this school year and going on to higher education can apply.

She hopes more funds become available in future, so more scholarships can be awarded.

Toney Valley comprises about 800 homes and almost 2,000 residents.

For more information email Obasanya at gulfcaumsm@yahoo.com.