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Grady Young Foundation to hold 12th annual scholarship weekend

Events to celebrate science, technology, engineering arts and mathematics students

POSTED: March 8, 2015 7:00 p.m.

For more than a decade, the Grady Young Foundation has supported the community through scholarship, service and collaboration.

Now for the 12th year, the Grady Young Foundation Memorial Scholarship Weekend will be hosted Friday through Sunday by the foundation. Honorary chairpersons Beauty Baldwin, former superintendent of Buford City Schools, Wanda Creel, superintendent of Gainesville City Schools, and Abit Massey, president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation, will help facilitate the scholarship gala.

The weekend is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics students with a scholarship gala and a number of special events.

“We have probably about 300-400 people throughout the whole weekend,” said Gwenell Brown, Grady Young Foundation memorial weekend coordinator. “We plan for at least 100 at the scholarship banquet and our biggest crowd is at the concert.”

The events will begin Friday with a golf tournament at 10 a.m. at the Reunion Country Club in Hoschton. That evening will have a “gospel music extravaganza” featuring the Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir with other area community and church choirs at 7 p.m. at Rucker Memorial Baptist Church in Gainesville.

“They are on their spring break tour,” Brown said. “We are asking people to bring canned goods that we collect and give back to the community in some way and do a free-will offering for (the) Savannah State choir.”

Saturday’s events include a father-son fellowship brunch at 10 a.m., again at Rucker Memorial Baptist Church, and the scholarship gala at 6 p.m. at the Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School cafetorium. RSVPs and donations are required.

“We have a father of the year from the community and a father of the year from the family that we recognize at the brunch,” Brown said.

This year, the foundation will also recognize three Gainesville High School graduates, Blake Sims, Terrance Shelton and Deshaun Watson, at the brunch, as well as 18 area students at the STEAM scholarship gala.

The weekend will culminate with a Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. at Cross Plains Missionary Baptist Church in Gainesville. Brown said it is the home church of the foundation’s founder and his family.

The Grady Young Foundation’s mission is to provide spiritual and financial support to the Gainesville-Hall County community. Specifically, the foundation aims to support the community through scholarship, job training, research, collaboration, service and political empowerment.

This is the 12th year the Grady Young Foundation has hosted the memorial scholarship weekend.

“This is all about those students,” Brown said. “We usually have a bigger group, but we’re thinking because of the snow and weather people didn’t get their applications to us. But we’re happy to be recognizing these students from elementary, middle and high school.”


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