LHS Seniors, Debora Gonzalez Herrera and Carola Rosario, were among thirty-eight high school juniors and seniors recently welcomed into the Valdosta State University Sullivan Scholar Program. This program seeks to recruit and educate high-quality teachers for rural schools in Georgia by offering college scholarships to future educators.
The newly named Sullivan Scholars, representing 17 school districts throughout the state of Georgia, will begin attending VSU in Fall 2019 or Fall 2020. They all have a high grade point average, a passion for becoming a teacher, and financial need.
The VSU Sullivan Scholar Program provides a debt-free college experience for participants and covers all college-related expenses, including tuition, books, housing, and meals. The amount given to each student varies depending on the additional financial aid, such as the HOPE Scholarship or Pell Grant, which he or she receives. Participants will also receive a $400 stipend each semester while in college. They must maintain a 3.0-grade point average and gain admission into a teacher preparation program within the Dewar College of Education and Human Services.
If participants choose to teach at a rural school in Georgia after graduating from VSU, they will receive a $2,500 stipend per year for their first two years of teaching. The VSU Sullivan Scholar Program is made possible by the generosity of Ruby R. Sullivan, a Camilla, Georgia, native who obtained an education degree from Georgia State Woman’s College (now VSU) in 1932. Sullivan spent 67 years as an educator, dedicating her life to teaching students in high-poverty schools in rural Georgia. She passed away in 2017 at the age of 103. Her passion for serving others led her to create the VSU Sullivan Scholar Program. Sullivan’s previous donations to VSU created the Ruby and John Sullivan Scholarship for education majors.