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Mission Statement

 
Our mission is to provide ongoing training and continuing education for our members, and to support education in our community. The AALA Gene Henson Scholarship, a 501(c)(3) organization, sponsors a Scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding senior enrolled in one of our local public high schools who is interested in attending an accredited higher learning institution.    Members of the Gene Henson Committee review scholarship submissions from students, interview candidates and select the scholarship recipient.    
 
 

How it Began 

The Gene Henson Scholarship Foundation was formed in 2004 in response to the chapter’s desire to provide secondary educational opportunities to well deserving students in metro Atlanta.The foundation is named after the AALA’s founding member, Gene Henson.The first scholarship was awarded to Andrei Ionescu in 2005.

Application Process


Every year, scholarship applications are sent to Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett county and city school counselors. Each counselor is invited to nominate two students from their school that meet the scholarship criteria. Each application received is extensively reviewed by a committee of AALA members and Business Partners. The student awarded the scholarship is asked to receive the award, if possible, at our Annual Holiday Luncheon in December.
  
Submission Requirements
 
  • The candidate must be a citizen of the United States.
  • The candidate must be planning to attend a four-year college, university or specialized course of instruction within the State of Georgia, including private institutions.
  • Scholastic achievement in the current academic year and overall grade point average through high school. A copy of the student's academic record and SAT scores are required.
  • List of extracurricular activities
  • Enumeration of community work.
  • A written essay by the candidate (750 words or less) describing the candidates thoughts and opinions on a current event happening either locally, nationally or internationally. AALA would like the candidate to choose an event happening at this time and give their thoughts on the impact of this event as it is unfolding and how they feel this event will impact the world five years from now.
  • A letter confirming that the student has been accepted and will be attending a higher learning institution the following Fall Semester.
  • A personal interview with members of the Scholarship Program Committee.
  • Financial need; annual household income will be considered.
  • Completed packages for 2017 nominations must be postmarked no later than Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Click here for more information about the Gene Henson Scholarship Committee.
 
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