Jackson EMC takes applications for scholarships

JEFFERSON - Jackson Electric Membership Corp. is currently accepting applications for three scholarship awards based on academic ability, faculty recommendations and financial need.

Scholarship recipients must be a Jackson EMC customer or a customer's child and must reside in the home served by the electric cooperative. Winners will be chosen by a scholarship committee, which will carefully review each application for the most qualified candidates.

The available scholarships are as follows:

· The Walter Harrison Scholarship. Several of these $1,000 scholarships are awarded statewide to undergraduate students enrolled in or accepted by a Georgia college, university or technical school.

· The A.T. Sharpton-Gainesville State College Award, a $1,000 award available exclusively to students planning to attend Gainesville State College.

· The A.T. Sharpton Unrestricted Scholarship Award, a $1,000 award available to high school seniors who have already been accepted to college or students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or technical college.

The application deadline is Jan. 28.

Students interested in applying for these scholarships should contact their high school guidance counselors or complete the application online at the Jackson EMC Web site, www.jacksonemc.com.

Collins Hill team raises $5,000 for children's charity

SUWANEE - Members of the Collins Hill High School baseball program got into the swing of the holiday season by volunteering their time to sell Christmas trees from Nov. 26 to Dec. 20 at Horizon Baptist Church in Suwanee.

The team sold more than 270 trees and donated $5,000 of the proceeds to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a nonprofit provider of pediatric care for children facing serious illnesses and medical conditions.

"This year's annual fund-raiser took on a different feel and purpose when one of our local business partners (Delta Community Credit Union) agreed to provide our program an in-kind donation for every dollar we raised for a local charity or not-for-profit organization that helps families in Gwinnett County," said Paul Pierce, head coach of the Collins Hill Eagles. "This challenge gave us added inspiration."

The Collins Hill baseball program consists of about 52 players with freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams. Collins Hill will kick off its 2009 season Feb. 20 with a scrimmage game against Milton High School.

Delta Community's matching gifts program is available to other schools. For more information, call Nick McMillan at 404-677-8630 or e-mail nick.mcmillan@deltacommunitycu.com.

Hebron's baseball team delivers gifts to children

DACULA - Before the Hebron Lions baseball team begins the coming season under second-year coach Heath Kennedy, the players are learning an important life lesson in serving others.

Players, coaches and families on Dec. 14 delivered gifts to children at the Walk on Waters Mission Church, which ministers to the homeless and impoverished in Athens. The mission started under a bridge and has grown into its present building in downtown Athens. The ministry conducts a worship service and serves a hot meal on Tuesday and Sunday evenings.

The team raised money for the mission through a charity golf event, and Hebron Christian Academy families sponsored individual children, buying clothing, shoes and toys for the children at the mission.

Kennedy and his wife began working with the mission three years ago. Last year, Hebron players and families began preparing food for and attending the Sunday evening services with the Kennedys. The group has grown to include players from football and other sports.

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