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Gene Henson Scholarship
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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 $10,000 Scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding senior enrolled in one of our local high schools who is interested in attending one of Georgia's accredited higher learning institutions. Seniors attending public or not for profit high schools are eligible to participate. 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.

Congratulations to the 2019 Gene Henson Scholarship Recipient, John Igieobo!


John Igieobo is our 2019 Scholarship winner and is attending Georgia Tech. Here are some thoughts about John shared by our 2019 Scholarship Committee Chair, Brent Bridges, CLM.

John's generosity of spirit for his friends and teachers as evidenced by his long-time participation in the AVID program. AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. First a student and then (and still) a mentor and counselor, the program impacts the lives of students from elementary and above by providing them with tools for learning, elective classes, college and career preparation, resources, and a network of support to help them prepare for the future.

His love of his family and in particular his father with whom he shares a name and clearly some of that individual determination, as his Dad worked two minimum wage jobs when he moved John and his family here as a single parent from Nigeria years ago, and his drive and clarity of dreams as he shared the next steps in what we know is going to be a journey to greatness.

Given that John spent many of his high school days and summers doing things like building robots and conducting research projects involving modular arithmetic, cryptography, and analytic geometry, it’s not surprising that he is attending Georgia Tech where he is majoring in computer engineering.

2020 Gene Henson Scholarship Information




Please use the following link to complete your application and upload the following required documentation.

We highly recommend preparing everything in advance, then complete the application in one session.

Gene Henson 2020 Scholarship Application



This year's essay topics are:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter  can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure . How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.


2020 Gene Henson Scholarship Timeline

 Scholarship Application Period Opens:   March 13
 Application Deadline:   April 30
 Committee Review & Final Candidate Selection:   May 31
 Finalist Interviews:   June 1 - June 15
 Scholarship Winner Announced:   June 15


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