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Lander University alumni, family endow scholarship at university

July 20, 2007
Two Lander University alumni, along with the help of their family, recently endowed a scholarship at the university to assist students from one area of Georgia with out-of-state fees. 

The Joel M. Scott/Elbert County Memorial Scholarship is available to students who are residents of Elbert County, located in northeastern Georgia. Originally established several years ago, the scholarship was recently endowed during Lander's Comprehensive Campaign and renamed in memory of Joel M. Scott, whose sons Lamar Scott and Milton Scott are alumni of the university. 

"My brother and I received degrees in education from Lander, and the family thought this would be a really special way to honor our father," said 1982/84 alumnus Lamar Scott, who currently serves as principal of Doves Creek Elementary School in Elberton, Ga. Milton Scott, '85, is employed at John C. Calhoun Elementary School in Calhoun Falls. 

Lamar Scott said he established the original scholarship a number of years ago to help defray out-of-state fees for Elbert County students who transferred to Lander after attending Athens Technical College in Georgia. When his father passed away in 2004, he said, the family began searching for a way to pay tribute to Joel Scott's dedication to his family. 

"Endowing the scholarship was a perfect way to do that, and it was something I had dreamed about for the past two years," said Lamar Scott, who also received a master'ï¿1/2 s degree in education from Lander. "I remember how hard daddy worked to put us through school at Lander, and how we benefited from our education. We wanted other students to have the same opportunities we had." 

The endowment was made possible by the entire family, Lamar Scott said, including his brother, his mother, Shirley Scott of Elberton, and his sister, Martha Lee Key of Elberton. Though the original scholarship was intended for students transferring to Lander from Athens Tech, the recently endowed scholarship is open to all students from Elbert County, including incoming freshmen. 

Eleanor Teal, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of The Lander Foundation, said Elbert County has a long history of sending high-quality students to the university. She added that "a scholarship of this size" would go a long way in assisting students from the area with out-of-state fees. 

"We are very appreciative of what the Scotts have done for Lander and our students," Teal said. "This scholarship is a special way for the family to honor a wonderful husband and father; it also ensures that our students have every opportunity to pursue their dreams of a great education." 

For information on giving to the Joel M. Scott/Elbert County Memorial Scholarship, or for general information on scholarships, contact Lander University's Office of University Advancement at 864-388-8350 or visit online at