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Serious about scholarship: the LEAD Foundation/Katherine Snorton Scholarship

The Katherine Snorton Scholarship Program via the LEAD Foundation provides funding opportunities for metro-area students (file photo from 2011)
The Katherine Snorton Scholarship Program via the LEAD Foundation provides funding opportunities for metro-area students (file photo from 2011)
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From 1902-2012, there is a woman who lived nearly 100 years. As part of her long and vigorous life, including the stewardship and outreach done through her church and other community entities, one of the central themes she fully understands is the importance and relevance of education. Although she did not graduate high school, she made it a point that all of her children are able to do so; in fact, all did, and most are able to attend and graduate from college.

In 2008, the LEAD Foundation, Inc, with the help of multiple donors and supporters, including the Snorton family, established a scholarship in memory of the aforementioned Katherine Snorton. During this time, the Katherine Snorton Scholarship Program has afforded metro-Atlanta graduating high school seniors funding opportunities to support their post-high school endeavors, including attendance to 4 year and 2 year institutions of higher learning. In recent years, the foundation has been able to expand funding opportunities for those who are currently attending 4 year, 2 year, trade, or technical schools, as well as those pursuing continuing education (i.e. their master's, doctorate, or other related degrees).

"It has always been a goal of ours to provide access to resources to support our young people as it relates to post-high school education", notes Andrew Snorton, one of the foundation board members. The foundation's executive director, Michael Woodward, echoes similar sentiments.

"Through our programming and college tours, it provides an initial access to higher education resources; this is another way we are able to provide avenues of support".

With a March 3rd deadline (applications must be postmarked by this date), there are a few weeks for students to apply. All applicants are encouraged to visit the foundation site and make sure they are downloading the correct application.

A minimum of $10,000 each year has been made available in regards to funding opportunities. Current and former scholarship recipients are attending institutions of higher learning ranging from Georgia State, Morehouse, The University of Georgia, Syracuse, Boston University, Ft Valley State, Albany State, Florida A&M, and other institutions locally and regionally.

"We have to lead by example; it's an added tier of support to those who are taking time to invest in themselves and their education", adds Willie Cartwright, another of the foundation's board members.

Developing tomorrow's leaders today is the foundation's motto. Given the financial investment they are making in the form of their scholarship program, it is another example of the community investment, especially in the lives of young people, is part of who they are and what they do.

Education is the key; it is something Mrs. Snorton clearly emphasizes, and the scholarship program in her name can help unlock the doors.

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