Veteran re­ceives GNTC schol­ar­ship

The Phoenix Pa­triot foun­da­tion re­wards in­jured com­bat vet­er­ans with the chance at ed­u­ca­tion for a use­ful trade.

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Mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vides in­di­vid­u­als with in-depth tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and an ap­ti­tude for de­tail, which makes them great can­di­dates for tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion. As a re­sult, many of the 22 col­leges in Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia (TCSG) have fi­nan­cial aid in­cen­tives specif­i­cally for vet­er­ans.

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (GNTC) stu­dent Chris Roberson, a res­i­dent of Cedar­town, was se­lected to re­ceive the Phoenix Pa­triot Foun­da­tion’s Veteran Schol­ar­ship, a $1,000 schol­ar­ship awarded to in­jured mil­i­tary vet­er­ans. Roberson was one of two TCSG stu­dents se­lected for the schol­ar­ship.

Roberson, a for­mer A5 Sar­gent in the Army, was de­ployed to Korea in 2009. He also served in Kuwait, Qatar, and United Arab of Emi­rates in 2012-13. He is cur­rently pur­su­ing a diploma in GNTC’s Air Con­di­tion­ing Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram.

“This schol­ar­ship will not only help me pay for col­lege, I can also use it to pay for my tools,” said Roberson. “In the world of HVAC that can be very ex­pen­sive, and so this is go­ing to be great.”

To qual­ify for the schol­ar­ship, a stu­dent must be en­rolled in a TCSG col­lege, be an hon­or­ably dis­charged post 9/11 veteran who was in­jured or wounded, have a 2.0 or higher GPA, have com­pleted at least 12 hours of credit, and com­plete the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

Roberson also was asked to be an am­bas­sador for the Phoenix Pa­triot Foun­da­tion’s Veteran Schol­ar­ship.

“I am go­ing to uti­lize this op­por­tu­nity as much as I can to gain enough knowl­edge so I can pass it along to other vet­er­ans,” said Roberson.

Roberson grad­u­ated from Cedar­town High School in 2007 and was an honor stu­dent at Cameron Univer­sity in Ok­la­homa in 2015-16. He served as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter for the Polk County Fire Depart­ment and the Tem­ple Fire Depart­ment. Roberson chose GNTC’s Air Con­di­tion­ing Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram so he can start the process of tak­ing over Bowen Ser­vice Com­pany, his fam­ily’s busi­ness.

Vet­er­ans gain valu­able tech­ni­cal ex­pe­ri­ence when they serve in the mil­i­tary and a large amount of that ex­pe­ri­ence trans­lates into the prob­lem-solv­ing skills and pre­ci­sion that is taught in the in­dus­trial pro­grams at GNTC.

“Peo­ple that were in the mil­i­tary have a good work ethic and are al­ways on t i me,” said Roberson. “I would say tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion is a great ca­reer op­por­tu­nity for vet­er­ans.”

The Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia (TCSG) Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee, in co­or­di­na­tion with the Phoenix Pa­triot Foun­da­tion, selects the re­cip­i­ents for the veteran schol­ar­ship.

“We are pleased to pro­vide this as­sis­tance to vet­er­ans striv­ing to bet­ter them­selves through ed­u­ca­tion,” said John Paul- son, CEO of the Phoenix Pa­triot Foun­da­tion.

To learn more about the Phoenix Pa­triot Foun­da­tion, visit the web site http:// phoenix­pa­tri­ot­foun­da­tion.org.

‘Peo­ple that were in the mil­i­tary have a good work ethic and are al­ways on time. I would say tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion is a great ca­reer op­por­tu­nity for vet­er­ans.’ Chris Roberson GNTC schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent

Con­trib­uted photo

From left: Barry Wil­liams, dean of Aca­demic Af­fairs at GNTC; Chad Wheat, direc­tor of the Air Con­di­tion­ing Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram at GNTC, Chris Roberson, Phoenix Pa­triot Foun­da­tion’s Veteran Schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent; Michelle Beat­son, ad­min­is­tra­tive li­ai­son...

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