LEIF provides scholarship opportunities to Lowndes County High School graduating students each Spring.
More information can be found below on each scholarship.
John & Joyce Feazell Scholarship
This annual scholarship for the children and grandchildren of Lowndes County School system employees was established through a donation by the Feazell family in memory of long-time educator John Feazell and his wife Joyce. This was the inspiration for the Feazell Giving Tree in the lobby of the school board office to encourage and recognize other financial contributions made to improve education in Lowndes County.
Carlton Jones (CJ) Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is given by the wife and family of Carlton Jones and his employer, Valdosta Electric. It honors the memory of Mr. Jones and his kind, generous, and supportive spirit. The $2000 scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a career in a technical field.
Burton & Collins Scholarship
The funds were given to the school system from the Burton and Collins Estates to benefit students planning to pursue post-secondary education in Lowndes County. Multiple $500 scholarships are awarded annually.
Steve & Linda Smith Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2012 upon the reitrement of Dr. Steve Smith, who served as superintendent of Lowndes County Schools for 10 years. The $1,000 annual scholarship award is funded by Dr. Smith and his wife as a way to give back to Lowndes County Schools.
Milhous Family Scholarship
After being named the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus, Johnny Milhous and his family decided that supporting a student devoted to self improvement and community service was an opportunity they could not turn down. The $500 scholarship encourages the principles and dedication to educational goals, leadership, and community service.
Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation Scholarship
The Harley Langdale, Jr scholarships are four $500 awards given to Lowndes High students planning to attend Valdosta State University, ABAC, or Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. The scholarships are given to encourage and promote post-secondary education.
Mary Anderson Scholarship
This scholarship is given in memory of a longtime school system employee. The $500 scholarship is awarded to a Lowndes High student planning to attend the University of Georgia.
Brett Reddick Memorial Scholarship
Given by the father and sister of Brett Reddick, the Brett Reddick Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Brett and his dedication to education. Brett Reddick died of a heart attack at the age of 47, but his memory lives on with this annual scholarship awarded to a student pursuing their educational dreams at Valdosta State University.
"Make Your Mark" Scholarship
What do you get when you throw in a military career, a GA Southern Eagle, and an ounce of passion and pure pride? Why the “Make Your Mark” scholarship, of course! Jeremy and Heather Epley are the creators of the scholarship that gifts college funds to military dependents or future GA Southern Eagles. Jeremy, originally from Arkansas, has spent almost 18 years in the military experiencing over 10 deployments. Heather, from Valdosta, was military raised until she left for a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters degree from GA Southern University. Both passions have been infused to create a scholarship as a way to give back to the community. Military dependents (who live an extreme life of sacrifice) and future GA Southern graduates are encouraged to go out, generate the person they want to become, to set their path, and design their future…they are encouraged to make their mark!!
Joy Matthews Scholarship
The Joy Matthews Memorial Scholarship is an annual $500 award given to a Lowndes High School senior who is the child of active military personnel. This is given by the family of Joy Matthews who was a supportive military wife and mother.
Billy Swick Martin Memorial Scholarship
Billy S. Martin is considered the man who built the Georgia Bridgemen into not only an award-winning band but he planted the seeds that have made it the largest high school marching band in Georgia. The band had about 45 members when he became LHS band director. By 1999, when he retired after 32 years, the band averaged about 350 students each year. This scholarship is awarded annually by the Georgia Bridgemen Boosters at their banquet. www.georgiabridgemen.org
Wayne & Elaine Ricks Scholarship
LEIF Board of Directors member Wayne Ricks and his wife, Elaine, established this scholarship as a result of seeing positive effects of other LEIF programs in the lives of Lowndes County students. The Ricks are particularly interested in assistance to deserving members of the Georgia Bridgemen in their pursuit of post secondary education. The scholarship is for $500 and is to be awarded annually to a Lowndes High School senior who is a Georgia Bridgemen and wishes to be involved in a college music program, but not necessarily as a music major. Character, merit, and need will be the basis for the award. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen and must attend college in the U.S. during the duration of the scholarship year.
James & Katrina Hargrett Scholarship
The James and Katrina Hargrett was established by the Hargrett siblings who attended the Lowndes County School System. This scholarship of $500 will be based on academic performance, independent of need. The preferred recipient of this scholarship will be a senior at Lowndes High School planning to attend college in the state of Georgia. Students showing strong character, leadership qualities, academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to community service will receive top consideration.
Clemons Memorial Scholarship
The Clemons Memorial Scholarship is an annual award given to a Lowndes High School senior, in the amount of $500. The applicant must be pursuing a postsecondary degree and majoring in the field of education at an institution in the state of Georgia. Character, leadership, financial need and merit will be the basis for the award. The recipient(s) must be a legal citizen of the United States.