The Stewart-Collins Memorial Scholarship honors Glenn E. Stewart, Sr., Hazel E. Stewart, Myrtle L. Collins and Maude L. Collins and the traditional American values that marked each of their lives. All grew up on small farms in pre-depression rural Georgia. Their homes lacked electricity, running water, telephone service, and modern heating and refrigeration. Every day of their childhood included a list of labor intensive tasks and chores that could not be ignored or postphoned. All experienced the full force of the Great Depression and endured periods of crisis brought about by unemployment, near stavation and economic hopelessness.
How the Fund Works:
The Stewart-Collins Memorial Scholarship is structured to provide substantial financial assistance to one student per year. Candidates for the scholarship are screened by the Furman University Committee on Scholarship Awards. The scholarship committee is solely responsible for selection of the recipient.
Each endured these tough times with determination and simple dignity. They learned that hard work was an integral part of life and to accept a future that played out one day at a time. Carrying these traits forward into their adult years, each led simple lives that attracted little public attention. In most respects, they were similar to millions of other working class southerners who grew up and entered the work force during the first half of the twentieth century. They worked hard, honored their financial commitments, looked after their families, and helped friends, neighbors and even strangers in need. They assigned a certain nobility to those who managed to lift themselves out of humble circumstances to claim a piece of the American dream. Most honored were those that found some measure of success and extended a hand to others struggling to do the same.
This scholarship will be awarded to students with both aptitude and a determination to succeed. It will target students from working class families who attended poor performing public schools, worked full or part time jobs after classes, lacked the financial resources to hire tutors or pay for SAT/ACT prep classes or other enrichment activities. It will target students with solid but not necessarily steller academic academic achievements judged as having unfulfilled potential and intangible qualities associated with success. While most scholarships target the most obviously talented students, the Stewart-Collins Memorial Scholarship challenges Furman’s selection committee to make awards to students whose talents are not readily apparent – someone who, if given the chance, can perform with the best. In effect, the scholarship offers assistance to students whose values, ambitions, and ecomic circumstances mirror those of the honorees themselves.
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