2018-05-16 / School News

Amberly Wiggins receives Huber and Nell Reeves Scholarship


Bobby Reeves presents the East Georgia State College Hubert and Nell Reeves Scholarship to Jenkins County High School student Amberly Wiggins during the school’s annual Honors Night program. 
(Photo contributed) Bobby Reeves presents the East Georgia State College Hubert and Nell Reeves Scholarship to Jenkins County High School student Amberly Wiggins during the school’s annual Honors Night program. (Photo contributed) East Georgia State College has awarded the Hubert and Nell Reeves Scholarship to Amberly Wiggins, of Jenkins County High School. Miss Wiggins has achieved academic excellence and scored very high among the applicants for EGSC scholarships in the leadership and service essay. She is committed to getting her degree and pursuing a career in pharmacy.

The endowed scholarship was created and funded by Bobby and Daisy Reeves, along with their children and grandchildren, to honor Bobby's parents. The scholarship is available to all students, but preference will be given to students who are required to work to pay for their education or who, without the scholarship, would be required to work. Preference will also be given to students from Jenkins County, where Mr. and Mrs. Reeves lived their entire adult lives.

Bobby said that a scholarship to help young students achieve their dreams is the most appropriate way he could find to honor his parents. Although his dad, R. Hubert Reeves, Jr., never attended college he always stressed the importance of getting an education. He not only provided for all three of his children to get a college degree but helped many other young students by providing them work to help pay for their education. He allowed them to work around their class schedules and often contributed additional amounts as necessary. Many young men who worked at Reeves Oil Company attribute their ability to get a college degree to Mr. and Mrs. Reeves.

Further, his mother, Nell Stokes Reeves, who attended Georgia State College for Women for two years and obtained her teaching certificate, taught school at the Red Hill School in Jenkins County prior to her marriage. She also substituted as a teacher in the Jenkins County School system over the years. She stressed education to her children and there was never any doubt that all of her children and others in the community who wanted a college degree would be able to obtain one.

Anyone who would like to contribute to this scholarship fund to increase its size and, therefore, the number of students who can be helped, may do so by contacting Elizabeth Gilmer or simply forward a tax deductible contribution to the East Georgia State College Foundation, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro, Georgia, 30401, annotating that the contribution is to be added to the Hubert and Nell Reeves Scholarship.

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