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Courtney Wilkes Scholarship now open for submissions

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The opportunity for area students to apply for a scholarship honoring the memory of a beloved Toombs County teen is now open. 

From now until March 10, qualified seniors who wish to apply for the first annual Courtney Wilkes Ag & Vet Scholarship can submit their applications. Vidalia onion farmers collected donations to fund the scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

In June 2011, 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes of Toombs County was brutally murdered while she was on vacation with her family in Florida. The Vidalia onion industry established this scholarship to honor the life of Courtney. 

The Vidalia Onion Business Council says that seniors graduating within the Vidalia onion growing region who are enrolled in either Agriculture or Veterinary fields may apply. They must possess many of the positive attributes Courtney displayed each day including strong morals, good humor, intelligence, commitment to learning, and respectful appreciation of nature and animals. 

The counties qualifying are: Emanuel, Candler, Treutlen, Bulloch, Wheeler, Montgomery, Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, Telfair, Jeff Davis, Appling, Bacon, Jenkins, Screven, Laurens, Dodge, Pierce, Wayne, and Long.

Courtney was a junior at Toombs County High School and number one in her class academically. She was an officer of FFA, star soccer player, and a devout Christian. She was an outdoor enthusiast described by all who knew her as infectiously cheerful. She loved animals and aspired to be a veterinarian, which is why applicants must be enrolled in an agriculture or veterinary course. 

Scholarship applications should be submitted by hard copy to:

Courtney Wilkes Scholarship
C/O Vidalia® Onion Business Council
Mail: P.O. Box 2611, Vidalia, GA, 30475
In Person: 100 Vidalia Sweet Onion Dr. Vidalia, GA, 30475 

The deadline to apply is March 10, 2014, by 5 p.m. EST.  To request an application or to find out more, contact Bob Stafford at 912.537.1881 or

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