Pictured are, from left, Automotive Technology Instructor Clayton Smith, Automotive Collision Instructor David Rice, Chapter Vice-President Larry Christie, Scholarship winner Jeremy Gay, Scholarship winner Alexander Hamilton, Club Coordinator Grady Cowart, Automotive Collision Instructor Neil Youngblood, Dean for Academic Affairs Dan Pressley, Automotive Technology Instructor Stoney Farmer.
The North Georgia Technical College Foundation recently received a $1,000 student scholarship donation from the Northeast Georgia Antique Auto and Truck Club. The Club has awarded $500 scholarships to two NGTC automotive students annually for over 16 years. The funds, which are proceeds from the Northeast Georgia Antique Auto Region Car and Truck Show, are made available to the winners to purchase tools and equipment for their chosen profession. This year’s winners are Jeremy Gay from Martin, Ga. and Alex Hamilton from Dahlonega, Ga.
Gay recently graduated from the Automotive Technology program with a 4.0 GPA. “I loved the environment at NGTC and was able to learn enough to be the state winner at SkillsUSA and to represent the college at nationals where I placed eleventh. The knowledge I gained, both automotive and otherwise, has allowed me to make the most of my opportunities in my current career,” said Gay. His instructors at NGTC included Stoney Farmer and Clayton Smith.
Hamilton is a student in the Auto Collision program. Studying under instructors Neil Youngblood and David Rice, Alex plans to graduate in the summer of 2018. When asked about his experience at NGTC,” Hamilton said, “I am a hard worker. I take the classes very seriously and think of my time in the classroom as a job. I have completed many projects, both required and extra credit, and am proud of the quality and volume of my work. I had no idea that I could accomplish this much as quickly as I have.”
Automotive instructor Stoney Farmer said he was extremely proud of both these winners. “There are many outstanding students but we can choose only one from Auto Tech and one from Auto Collision. Jeremy and Alex exemplify the best from each class based on grades, commitment to the program, work ethics, skills, and attitude.”
Northeast Georgia Antique Auto Region Chapter President B.J. Addis, Chapter Vice-President Larry Christie and Club Coordinator Grady Cowart presented the awards to the students. Addis congratulated the winners and expressed his appreciation to the community for supporting the car show each year. “Because of local classic car and truck owners and the spectators who come to the show, the club is able to invest in scholarships at NGTC and support Relay for Life and the Food Pantries in Habersham and White Counties,” said Addis. “I am extremely honored to be able to make the presentations on behalf of the Northeast Georgia Antique Auto and Truck Club.”
For more information on the transportation programs or to make a donation to the NGTC Foundation, call 706-754-7700 or visit www.northgatech.edu.