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Brewton-Parker College Receives Two New Grants

BPC Recieves Grants

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

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON—Recently Brewton-Parker College received two grants to increase their 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.

The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
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March 5, 2014 11:42 AM