CARE Recognizes past Scholarship Recipients

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Pictured above: (left to right) Northgate Counselor Alicia Ramsay and CARE Scholarship Recipient Austin Bomar; Scholarship Recipient Gabe Bowles of Newnan High School and CARE Committee Chair Nora Ann Wood.

From Special Reports

Before the next class of Coweta County seniors walk across the field to claim their high school diplomas, Coweta Association of Retired Educators (CARE) is taking a look back at some of their recent scholarship recipients. 

Northgate High graduate Austin Bomar and Newnan High graduate Gabriel Bowles are finishing their first college year as honorees of CARE scholarships.  

Bomar, who attends Georgia State University as an education major, intends to become a teacher of middle grades, specifically fourth through eighth. 

His choice to pursue a career in education was influenced by two teachers at Northgate, who, he said, were able to connect with their students.  “If it were not for them, I would be lost in my career path,” Bomar noted. 

Assessing his time at the Atlanta university, Bomar said, “Everything is going great here at Georgia State University. I’m loving my classes, and I’ve made many good friends already.” 

“I’m very happy I came here,” he added.  

CARE scholarship recipient Gabriel Bowles is attending Jacksonville State University and majoring in Music Education.  His goal is to work with all students, but he has expressed a special interest in students “who never thought they could learn music.”

 “In my opinion, there are very few things in life more important than music and the ability to make it yourself,” Bowles explained. “Like Hans Christian Anderson said, ‘Where words fail, music speaks,’ and I want to help everyone to speak.”

Bowles said that “things at JSU are going great,” and he has enjoyed “every moment of it: from the grueling music theory homework to the exhilarating sound of the Marching Southerners.”

CARE will award scholarships to the 2022 class of recipients at the East Coweta, Newnan, and Northgate at Honors Nights in April and May.  

Scholarship Committee Chair Nora Ann Wood coordinates the year-long application and selection process with the East Coweta, Newnan, and Northgate Guidance Departments; CEC’s Teacher Pipeline Program; and the local chapters of Future Georgia Educators.  CARE scholarship committee members are Past President Dana Anthony, Secretary Jean Cotton, President-Elect Sherry Taylor, and President Sherry Warren.

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