South Georgia Tech Accounting students receive SGTC Foundation Citizens Bank of Americus Scholarships

Published 8:42 am Friday, April 5, 2024

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 The South Georgia Technical College Foundation awarded Citizens Bank of Americus scholarships to SGTC Accounting students Indira M. Zelaya-Sierra of Americus and LaVivian Gay of Buena Vista recently.  Brenda Boone is the SGTC Accounting Instructor.

   Zelaya-Sierra and Gay were selected to receive the Citizens Bank of Americus scholarships based on their exceptional academic performance and work ethics.  They were also recommended for the scholarships by their instructor.

   Both Zelaya-Sierra and Gay expressed their appreciation to Citizens Bank of Americus for their support of South Georgia Technical College and the SGTC Foundation through endowed scholarships. “Thank you so much for this opportunity,” said Indira M. Zelaya-Sierra.  “I am so thankful to be recognized.  I really enjoy the accounting program and working with my instructor, Mrs. Boone.”  Zelaya-Sierra is a May 2022 graduate of Sumter County High School.

   This is Indira Zelaya-Sierra’s second semester in the accounting program and she believes that her education at SGTC will definitely help her succeed in the workforce after graduation.  She also plans to use the scholarship to help with tuition and fees.

   Lavivian Gay of Buena Vista was recognized recently by Mrs. Boone as the SGTC Accounting Department’s Student of Excellence for March.   Her Student of Excellence selection was based on grades, work ethics, participation in clubs and organizations and the amount of program completion.

That same type of drive and determination helped her to secure the Citizens Bank of Americus scholarship from the SGTC Foundation.  “Thank you so much for this opportunity,” said Gay.  “This is a great program and Mrs. Boone is a wonderful instructor.  She is very helpful and knowledgeable.”  Gay is a May 2022 graduate of Marion County High School.

   South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford congratulated both students on receiving the scholarships and for their academic excellence.  He also thanked them for selecting South Georgia Technical College to pursue their education.  He presented them with a framed scholarship certificate.

   “We are very proud of both of you and your instructor,” said President Watford.  “This is a great program for students who are interested in working with numbers and Mrs. Boone is one of our premiere instructors, so I know you will be well prepared for the work force.”

   President Watford and SGTC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the SGTC Foundation Su Ann Bird also expressed their appreciation to Citizens Bank of Americus for their support of the college, the foundation, and most importantly, students.

   “Partnerships with area businesses and industry is crucial to our success,” said Dr. Watford.  “Investments in an endowed scholarship continues to give back to students indefinitely.  These students complete their education and become the business leaders of tomorrow and provide our communities with a trained workforce.”

   For more information about contributing to the SGTC Foundation or endowing a scholarship at South Georgia Technical College, contact Su Ann Bird, Executive Director of the SGTC Foundation and Vice President of Institutional Advancement at 229-931-2248 or  Contributions may also be mailed to the SGTC Foundation, P.O. Box 6102, Americus, GA 31709

   South Georgia Technical College offers over 200 associate degree, diploma, and technical certificate of credit programs.  It offers students the “Complete College Experience” with on-campus housing and nationally ranked academic programs, intercollegiate athletics, and student activities.  It has been ranked as the number one community college in Georgia for the past four years.

   Summer semester begins May 23 and it is not too late to apply.  Registration for Summer classes will be held April 23 and May 21.