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Memorial scholarship now open for high school seniors
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How to apply
    Scholarship applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Hard copies should be addressed specifically to: Courtney Wilkes Scholarship, C/O Vidalia Onion Business Council. Mailed applications should be sent to P.O. Box 2611, and in-person applications should be delivered to 100 Vidalia Sweet Onion Dr., Vidalia, GA, 30475.
    For questions or to request an application, contact Bob Stafford at (912) 537-1881 or

    The window is now open for area students to apply for a scholarship honoring the memory of a beloved Toombs County teen. From now until March 16, qualified seniors who wish to apply for the first annual Courtney Wilkes Ag & Vet Scholarship can submit their applications.
    Vidalia onion farmers have collected donations to fund the scholarship for at least 20 years 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 the bright, funny, friendly young woman.
    Seniors graduating within the Vidalia onion growing region who are enrolled in either agriculture or veterinary fields may apply. Applicants 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.
    Only residents of the following counties may apply:   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 rising junior at Toombs County High School and number one in her class academically. She was an officer of FFA, star soccer player, and devout Christian. She was an outdoor enthusiast. Everyone who knew her described her as an infectiously cheerful person who offered to everyone around her a bright smile and silly jokes. She loved animals and aspired to be a veterinarian, which is why applicants must be enrolled in an agriculture or veterinary track.
    The deadline is Monday, March 16, 5 p.m. EST. For questions or to request an application, contact Bob Stafford at (912) 537-1881 or

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