SGMC Foundation Awards the First Annual Jay Shaw Scholarship Award to Lanier County High School Student
Jason Shaw, Libby Shaw, Elizabeth Vickers, and Teighlor Livingston
Lakeland, GA. –
Lanier High School Senior Teighlor Livingston is the proud recipient of the
first annual Jay Shaw Scholarship.
The Jay Shaw Scholarship was
created as a memorial to honor the late State Representative Jay Shaw for his
dedication and commitment to quality local health care. Mr. Shaw used his
position in the Georgia Legislature to advocate for health care and in
particular, hospitals in South Georgia. Donations, which were received from
friends, colleagues and family from all over the state of Georgia, made this
scholarship award possible.
“I am humbled with the
overwhelming number of contributions from my father’s friends. We are
able to keep my father’s dedication to health care alive by offering a
graduating senior the opportunity to obtain a secondary degree in the field of
health care,” said Jason Shaw, current State Representative and owner of the
Jay Shaw Company.
According to Shaw, assets
transferred from the Lanier Health Services Foundation and the SGMC Foundation
brought the balance to a level whereby a scholarship could be
offered. The SGMC Foundation is the proud facilitator of the
scholarship as it serves as the official fundraising arm of all three SGMC
A committee of SGMC
Foundation Trustees, including Lakeland residents Ben Copeland and Suzanne
Mathis, along with other members of the Lanier County community, oversee the
funds. Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Vickers stated, “It is our
hope to offer financial assistance to Lanier County students seeking a profession
in health care who want to return to Lakeland or South Georgia to work. This is
a wonderful way to leave a legacy, as well as advocate health as a career path
in today’s society.”
The establishment of this
scholarship is the first of its kind with the SGMC Foundation.
Historically, the Foundation solicits funds for specific campaigns including
capital improvements, special equipment or projects. The investment of these
funds and yearly contributions designated toward it, should produce an amount
of equity for the scholarship to be self-sustaining.
“It is because of Jay Shaw’s
legacy that the SGMC Foundation was willing to incorporate a new avenue of
giving in the form of an educational scholarship,” Vickers explained.
“Without Jay’s popularity and prominence, the tens of thousands of dollars
necessary for this scholarship to be established wouldn’t have materialized.”
Annual applications for
scholarship consideration are available by contacting the guidance counselor at
Lanier County High School or the SGMC Foundation office at 229.433.1077.