George Parker/Kiwanis Club of Statesboro Scholarship
Established in 2008, this scholarship memorializes the life of George Parker, long time member of the Kiwanis Club and 1941 graduate of Georgia Southern. Born in Screven County, Parker earned his BS in Education at Georgia Southern, his MS in Education from the University of Georgia, and a sixth-year certificate from Vanderbilt University. He served as a principal for over forty years at Portal School and for twenty-eight years at Mattie Lively Elementary. During his life, Mr. Park served in the United States Air Force in World War II. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club where he served as Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, and they honored him with the 2002 George F. Hixon Service Award. Mr. Parker also was involved with the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, the Special Olympics, the Bulloch County Historical Society, the Bulloch County Retired Educators Association, and the First Baptist Church of Statesboro where he was a member of the Adult Choir and the Harmony-Fellowship Sunday School Class. He was also awarded with the 2002 Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award. This scholarship is available to incoming freshmen who have met all admission requirements for Georgia Southern. This scholarship is merit based and is awarded to two students as $1,500 each.