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Two GPTC students receive scholarships from Rotary Club of Tucker

DeKalb County - March 06, 2017
Shaquile Foster-Beckford and Sonja Felton, two students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), have each received a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Tucker.  The club established the scholarship this year for students who attend Georgia Piedmont. 

“The Rotary Club of Tucker’s faith in our college is a testament to the high-caliber students our institution attracts,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont.  “This is the first year that these scholarships have been awarded, but I know many future Georgia Piedmont students also will benefit from the Rotary Club’s generosity,” Dr. Simama continued.   

James Hallford, who serves as the president of the Rotary Club of Tucker, and Onuzulike “Nat” Nwizu, who represents the Rotary Foundation, were on hand to present the checks to the students.    “I appreciate Georgia Piedmont’s scholarship committee for vetting the applications and for conducting face-to-face interviews with the finalists.  They are both very deserving students,” Nwizu stated.

“I’m glad the Rotary Club of Tucker selected these two young ladies to be the recipients of this scholarship,” said Dr. Tony Neal, vice president of institutional advancement at Georgia Piedmont Technical College.    “These scholarships are the result of tremendous partnerships the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation has cultivated with various service organizations,” stated Dr. Neal.   

Felton, who received a check for $1000, is studying to become a database specialist.  Her anticipated graduation date is August of 2018.  “I plan to use the scholarship funds to help offset my school loans,” explained Felton.        

“I am grateful to the Rotary Club of Tucker for their generosity,” said Foster-Beckford, who received a $1, 250 scholarship.  Foster-Beckford is an accounting major.  “I will finish school in August, so between now and then I will use the money for supplies and other items related to my coursework,” she said.   

About the Rotary Club
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.  Members of Rotary Clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  The Rotary Club of Tucker meets on Thursdays at the First Christian Church of Atlanta located at 4532 LaVista Road in Tucker.     

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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