Buckhead, Sandy Springs students win scholarships

Three local students received scholarships from a variety of organizations, each one announced recently, and a fourth was honored in a different way.

First, North Springs senior Lindsay Nicholas in May was awarded the $2,500 PEO Star Scholarship by the PEO Sisterhood’s Chapter O in Sandy Springs. PEO is an Iowa-based women’s organization with chapters across the country and in Canada, and its mission is to provide educational opportunities to female students worldwide.

Second, Buckhead native Augustine Jimenez, who recently completed his junior year at Boston University, in April was awarded the Truman Scholarship for his achievements in academia and public service.

The North Atlanta graduate previously received two other scholarships, the first of which allowed him to attend Boston University tuition-free for four years.

When he was 6, Jimenez moved to Buckhead, where he and his mother lived in a number of low-rent apartments close to the restaurants in which she worked as a cook. Struggling to provide for her family, Augustine’s mother sought a place where her son could receive the academic support her long hours prevented her from delivering, in hopes that he would be able to escape the conditions in which the family found themselves.

While at North Atlanta, he co-founded a chapter of the Hispanic Organization Promoting Education, a student-run organization on a mission to increase the graduation rate among Hispanic high school students.

Also, from 2004 to 2008, Augustine attended LaAmistad Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to improving outcomes for Atlanta’s growing Hispanic community.

Third, Atlantic Station resident Madalyn Freeman in May was one of 344 students in 33 states and the District of Columbia who received $1.3 million in scholarships overall from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

This year, more than 45% of the total recipients are minority students and nearly 75% of the total recipients are female, a news release stated.

Each year, the foundation administers nine scholarship programs, which award scholarships valued up to $7,500, for students enrolled in hospitality-related bachelor or graduate degree programs at colleges and universities across the country.

The foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2019-20 scholarship season this fall. For more information, visit www.ahlef.org.

In related news, North Atlanta’s Ellie Hankin earlier this month was the only local senior among the group across the state named a 2019 Georgia Scholars by State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Students eligible for Georgia Scholar recognition are high school seniors who exhibit excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities and in the home.

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