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Grants for Brewton-Parker College
Thursday, 06 March 2014


Brewton-Parker receives $100,000 from Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Ergun Caner, BPC President; C.B. Scott, Vice President of Alumni, Advancement, and Church Relations; Kim Lajiness, Director of Alumni and Church Relations, and Sheila Simmons, Athletic Director. (Photo by Mandy Corbin)   

March 6--  Brewton-Parker College received two grants to increase its ability to assist both students and the local community: one from Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation and the other from Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. While both grants are important to Brewton-Parker College, one directly impacts the local community.

The Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation has provided $100,000 to expand the Lil’ Barons Program. The Lil’ Barons Program is designed to combat obesity by encouraging local children and youth to remain active. Kimberly Lajiness, Director of Alumni and Church Relations, wrote the proposal that led to this grant. Sheila Simmons, Athletics Director, stated, “At one time Georgia was ranked #2 for child obesity. It’s gotten better, but we want to focus on this community and on how we can help our children develop a healthy lifestyle. The areas where we focus on nutrition, physical fitness, and overall wellness of the child is crucial to the spiritual aspect of the child’s health.”

Although BPC already possessed a grant from Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, this amount was recently increased to $150,000. The grant allows higher education institutions to provide aid for young women who are in need of financial assistance while seeking higher education.  Inspired by his mother, Conkey Pate Whitehead chartered the foundation, named after his mother, in 1946. Rick Woolverton, Director of Financial Aid at BPC, stated, “Many young ladies would have undoubtedly struggled more, in regard to the cost of higher education, without the generosity of the Whitehead Foundation.” He added, “Lettie Pate Whitehead’s forethought, planning and generosity has helped thousands of ladies to attend southern colleges of their choice who may not have otherwise had the ability to attend.”

These grants will have far-reaching effects into the lives of individuals connected with Brewton-Parker College.

(Story by BPC Staff Writer Lauren Moye)


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