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Scholarship honors late DeKalb Tech instructor

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

COVINGTON -- Juanita Woods' memory will live on at DeKalb Technical College.

DTC recently established a scholarship for the Covington resident, who taught English as an adjunct instructor in the General Education department at the Covington campus of DTC from June 2002 until her death in August 2008.

The Juanita G. Woods Scholarship was created by her family and friends in her memory and in appreciation of her dedication to the students and faculty at Covington's DeKalb Tech. The scholarship seeks to reward academic excellence and encourage students to pursue technical education.

"Juanita was a loving and compassionate woman of God who carried herself with dignity and modest sophistication," said her sister Dorothy G. Holloway, who lives in Decatur. "She lived a life of love and charity with all she met."

Woods was known to enjoy sharing her gifts and talents with everyone around her and for her passion for teaching.

"The best teachers are those who never feel they have reached their pinnacle of success, but instead, continue to look for ways to enhance and improve their teaching," Woods often said.

The scholarship will be given as a $500 award each academic year as a credit at the DeKalb Tech book store. Any remaining funds may be used for tuition and fees after any other financial aid has been applied.

Applicants must be registered as a current, full-time student in good standing pursuing a degree or diploma program at DTC's Covington campus. They must have completed at least 12 credit hours at DTC and be registered for at least 12 hours for the next quarter at DTC's Covington campus.

They also must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or greater.

Applicants must submit with their application a one-page essay describing their need for a scholarship, their education and career goals and their involvement with their family, community and place of worship. It also must include a recommendation from an instructor, volunteer organizer or clergy.

Other criteria and application information is available on the DTC website, www.dekalbtech.edu.

Her family and friends hope to make donations each year in support of this scholarship fund, as well as accept other donations to add additional support.

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, will administer the scholarship funds in receipt of donations and in disbursement of awards to the recipients. All donations should be sent to the DeKalb Tech Foundation at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021. For more information, call Cindy Reynolds at 404-297-9522, ext. 1113.