“I’m thrilled at the possibility of working with the foundation. I’ve served not only on the board for the foundation for a number of years, but also helped them raise money for scholarships, so I’m very familiar with the foundation and its purpose and that is of course providing some aid to students as they graduate from high school,” Battle said. “My future plans are to look into the possibility of expanding the scholarship, not only to include raising additional monies for the scholarship as it is now, but also providing some scholarship funds for students who are dually enrolled [in high school and college].”
He said he also would like to see the foundation embrace an expansion of Cartersville City Schools’ GateKey Program and possibly expand needs-based scholarships to adults seeking to return to school for a technical trade.
“We want to make sure the community feels the heart of this entire program and we have a lot of stuff coming up,” Battles said.
Battles was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2008. He currently serves on seven state committees, including the state’s higher education committee.
About the foundation
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded about $4 million in scholarships to about 4,000 students. The application for scholarships goes online each year beginning Jan. 1 and the deadline for applications is April 1.
The foundation held its 30th annual recipient ceremony at The Grand Theatre earlier this month, awarding 170 scholarships, totaling more than $189,000. The college scholarships, provided by private donors and based on individualized criteria, were awarded to students across Bartow County and Cartersville, with some recipients returning from college to receive a continuing scholarship.
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