May 10, 2022
Prince Students Awarded Scholarships for 2022-2023 School Year
Prince Avenue Christian School is blessed to enjoy the faithful generosity of friends and alumni who make scholarships for Prince students possible. Fourteen scholarships were awarded for the 2022-23 school year during the recent Recognition Day ceremonies.
The $1,000 Kathy Stamatinos Geyer Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of former PACS teacher Kathy Geyer who showed a passion for teaching and a love for her students. This scholarship was presented by Mrs. Geyer’s dear friend, Christy McCall to 4th grader Kate Byerly.
The family of Ward Asher Elrod established a foundation and scholarship to honor a young family member who was born with hydrocephalus. Asher is an Old Testament name meaning “blessing or happy”. The mission of this foundation is to “bring happiness and blessings to others both physically and spiritually”. This year, the Asher Foundation has awarded a $2,000 scholarship to 5th-grader Dylan Smith presented by Mr. and Mrs. Brian Elrod.
The Ruby Evelyn Brown Scholarship is given in loving memory of Mrs. Ruby Evelyn Brown, a former member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church. This $1,000 scholarship was awarded to 6th-grader Rowen Hudson.
The Jon Desso Scholarship was established to remember and honor the life of Jon Desso, a graduate of PACS Class of 2000 and of the University of Georgia. Jon went home to be with the Lord on November 3, 2004. His friends and family desire to use this tragedy to bring honor to the name of the Lord. This $12,000 scholarship is divided between two PACS students and was presented by one of Jon’s friends and member of the Jon Desso Scholarship Committee, Mr. Ben Carson (’98). The recipients for the 2022 -2023 school year are sophomore Aidan Washington and junior Ian Shook.
The Chick-fil-A Christian Service Scholarship was created by the Shane Todd family to honor a student who shows extraordinary Christian service in his or her community. The $2,500 scholarship was awarded this year to 7th-grader Dawson Severson.
The Reg Gattie Sing Strong Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of the former Prince Avenue Baptist Church worship minister, who passed away after a long illness. The Reg Gattie Scholarship Committee honors a student who uses his or her God-given musical talents to glorify the Lord through Christian character and leadership and desires to major or minor in music in college. The $1,000 scholarship was awarded to junior Claire Gann.
The William H. Ricketts Scholarship, established by the school to honor the former pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church, is awarded to a student who demonstrates a commitment to his or her walk with the Lord, a commitment to a local church, and a desire to serve Christ in his or her daily walk. His son, Richard Ricketts, presented this $1,500 scholarship to junior Charlie Frierson.
The Dollar Family Scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Rod Dollar and family. This full-tuition scholarship is decided and awarded by the Rod Dollar Scholarship Committee. This year’s scholarship was presented to 7th-grader Dawson Severson.
Major A.D. Reynolds established the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and the Missionary Emergency Fund Scholarship in 1920 to recognize students who are passionate about sharing the gospel at home and around the world. This $2,000 scholarship was presented to 7th-grader Andrew Hampl and sophomore Bailey Throckmorton.
The Candace Coles Todd “Climb Every Mountain” Scholarship was established by PACS to honor long-time and admired teacher Candy Todd. Candy passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each year to a student who has shown a spirit of joy through trials and has persevered. This year’s scholarship was presented to 3rd-grader Olivia Smith by Candy’s granddaughter and graduate of the Class of 2020, Caroline Middlebrooks.
The Melissa Stokes and Michael Kirby Tyler Memorial Scholarship was lovingly established by their family in their memory. The recipient of this award is a senior who will be attending the University of Georgia and characterizes the attributes of working diligently and intelligently, expressing joy and love for the Lord, and displaying devotion to Prince. The recipient of this scholarship was senior Delanie Case.
The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship was established to remember and honor the life of Megan Twist. Megan was a 2011 National Honor Society PACS graduate and winner of numerous academic and extra-curricular awards. The faculty nominated students who strongly exemplify Megan’s heart and passions. This generous $10,000 scholarship was presented to senior Rinne Furlow by Megan’s mother, Barb Twist.
The Gail McCall Reading Scholarship was established by the McCall family to honor Gail and her love for reading. For over 20 years, Gail McCall taught first grade at PACS and imparted her love of learning to our youngest Wolverines. This $1,000 annual scholarship was presented by Gail’s two daughters and alumni of Prince, Christy McCall (’86) to kindergartner Archimedes Goins.
The Dr. John W. McCall Science and Research Scholarship was established to honor Dr. John W. McCall for his lifelong devotion to science and research. The student who received this award was nominated by the high school science faculty and then chosen by the Dr. John W. McCall Scholarship Committee. This $1,000 scholarship was awarded to junior Wade David and was also presented by Dr. McCall’s daughter Christy McCall.
Kathy Stamatinos Geyer Memorial Asher Scholarship
Scholarship – Kate Byerly Dylan Smith
Ruby Evelyn Brown Jon Desso Scholarship
Scholarship -Rowen Hudson Aidan Washington and Ian Shook
Chick-fil-A Christian Service Scholarship Reg Gattie Sing Strong Scholarship
Dawson Severson Claire Gann
William H. Ricketts Scholarship The Dollar Family Scholarship
Charlie Frierson Dawson Severson
Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and the Missionary The Candace Coles Todd “Climb Every
Emergency Fund Scholarship – Mountain” Scholarship – Olivia Smith
Andrew Hampl and Bailey Throckmorton
The Melissa Stokes and Michael Kirby The Megan Twist Memorial Scholarship
Tyler Memorial Scholarship – Delaney Case Rinne Furlow
The Gail McCall Reading Scholarship – Dr. John W. McCall Science and
Archimedes Goins Research Scholarship – Wade David