2010-06-23 / Community

CDC Scholars Receive Scholarships

(L-R) Elaine Chaffin, Zenario Shuler, Azeb Richardson, Chamondia Moten, Sarah Jones, Debra Atkinson (L-R) Elaine Chaffin, Zenario Shuler, Azeb Richardson, Chamondia Moten, Sarah Jones, Debra Atkinson Miller County’s future entrepreneurs received scholarships at the annual Miller County High School Awards Ceremony on May 27.

CDC Scholars Zenario Shuler, Azeb Richardson, Chamondia Moten, Sarah Jones, Andrew Gordon (not pictured) and Abigail Gordon (not pictured) received scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each through the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Southwest Georgia.

The CDC requested funds through the Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) HUD grant process. These funds will be used to assist with the student’s financial needs while attending college or technical school for formal training. These funds may include tuition, books, computer, and travel expense to and from school. It is anticipated that these youth will ultimately take advantage of the small business incubator and/or revolving loan sponsored by the Community Development Corporation, after they receive training within their specific career interest and direction. The small business incubator and revolving loan are also components of this grant. It is the hope of the CDC that these students will acquire the appropriate degrees and return to their home town as entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This grant program ultimately assisted 15 local youth in intensive career training and direction. A week-long summer training workshop was held for three summers to determine the interest and needs of five youth per year, who could fill a void within the community. The workshops were held at the Family Resource Center Building. Supplies, printed material, and computer software needed for training was funded through the grant. Financial training topics included banking, credit ratings, savings, loans, and credit cards, etc. Students learned how to interview and job search successfully. Topics included how to complete resumes, the interview process, on-line job searches, etc. They received training in communication, conflict resolution, leadership qualities, stress management, and problem solving. The workshop included a process to determine student career interest versus community needs. The students also heard from experts regarding business marketing and positive customer service.

Debra Atkinson, CDC executive director, says that it is the hope of the CDC to offer direction to these students in possibly fulfilling dreams of owning their own businesses as well as assist in the economic growth of Colquitt and Miller County through entrepreneurial training and the creation of new businesses.

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