A Lyerly man is one of three Georgia Northwestern Technical College students that are benefiting this year from the help of one of the state’s major trade organizations which represents Georgia manufacturers. Caleb Pledger of Lyerly, Georgia was one of the three selected for the Manufacturers Education Foundation (MEF) Scholarship.
The MEF Scholarship is in place to help recognize outstanding academic achievement by rewarding qualifying students with financial assistance. “Helping the students earn an education with this scholarship is a great way to help build up the future of industry here in Northwest Georgia,” said Roy Bowen, President of Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM).
Dunagan, Jarrett, and Pledger each received a $500 stipend for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Each winner will also have the opportunity to receive a total of $1,500 for the academic year which ends with the Summer 2018 term at GNTC.
Pledger, an Instrumentation and Controls major, has commuted to the Floyd County Campus from his Lyerly, Georgia home for the past two years. This spring term, thanks to the financial help of the Manufacturers Education Foundation Scholarship, Pledger plans to earn his Associate of Applied Science Degree. “I was in SkillsUSA at Chattooga High School and learned skills in welding, construction, and automotive,” said Pledger. “I chose my program at GNTC because it offered me an opportunity to continue utilizing hands-on skills in various areas of industry and technology.”