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Cristal Gomez Receives First-Ever Atkinson Family Scholarship at SGC
Recently, Cristal Gomez, a sophomore at South Georgia State College, received the
first ever Atkinson Family Scholarship during a special ceremony at Powell’s
Drug Store in Douglas. Several members of the Atkinson family, along with
Gomez and her family, attended the ceremony.
South Georgia State College has always held a special place in the hearts of the
Atkinson family; a number of their family have attended SGC over the years,
and Jimbo and Wanda Atkinson, owners of Powell’s Drug Store, wanted to give
back to the institution that has given so much to their family and the
Douglas-Coffee County community. After Walda Kight, SGC’s Vice President for
External Affairs, welcomed everyone to the ceremony, Clayton Mathis, a
member of the SGC Foundation and close friend of the Atkinson family, made a
few remarks. He related the Atkinsons’ love of Douglas-Coffee County and
South Georgia State College, and the special place in their hearts that education
holds. After Mr. Mathis spoke, Jimbo Atkinson told the assembled group that
his father, Jimmy Atkinson, always told him that the one thing nobody could
take away from an individual was an education. As such, he and Wanda wanted
to endow this scholarship in honor of Jimbo’s parents, Jimmy and Margie, for
their untiring support of education throughout this community.
Jimbo Atkinson then introduced his family to the group. The family members
who attended the ceremony were: Wanda Atkinson, Josh Atkinson, Jimmy and
Margie Atkinson, Jake Atkinson, Joe Atkinson, Rand and Jennie Vickers, Dr.
Patrick and Sarah Goodman, Griffin Goodman and Paxton Goodman. Other family
members included Shawn Taucer, and Hali and Mark Varnadore.
In addition to Mr. Mathis, several other individuals representing South Georgia State College or the South Georgia State College Foundation were at the
ceremony, including Terrell Jacobs, Faye Hennesy, Jeff Hennesy, Matt Greer,
Dr. Virginia Carson and Dr. Randy Braswell.
Ms. Gomez is a 2011 graduate of Coffee High School. Very active in the local
community and on campus, she plans to pursue a career in law. Ms. Gomez
places a great emphasis on her grades and as such is very strong
academically. She is also the first person in her family to go to college.
“It means so much to our institution when local businesses and alumni give
back. Our college is a special place to so many people, and it is at times
like these when are once again reminded of the impact SGC has made to
families and individuals throughout our community, region and state. The
Atkinson family’s generosity will certainly assist Ms. Gomez as she pursues
her educational goals, but it will also help students from Coffee County in
perpetuity. We are grateful and humbled by their gift,” says Dr. Carson, SGC
|Cristal Gomez (fourth from left), a sophomore at South Georgia State College, receives the first ever Atkinson Family Scholarship during
a special ceremony at Powell’s Drug Store in Douglas. Several
members of the Atkinson family, Gomez and her family, and
representatives from South Georgia State College and the SGC Foundation
attended the ceremony. Standing (from left) are: SGC President Dr.
Virginia Carson, Jimbo Atkinson, Wanda Atkinson, Cristal Gomez, Josh
Atkinson, Jimmy Atkinson, Margie Atkinson, Jake Atkinson, Joe
Atkinson, Jennie Vickers, Rand Vickers, Dr. Patrick Goodman, Griffin
Goodman, Sarah Goodman and Paxton Goodman.
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was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia State College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.