Special to the Journal
HeritageBank of the South is pleased to have contributed $425,000 to the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, benefitting Georgia students attending private K-12 schools of choice. The gift was distributed statewide throughout schools in HeritageBank’s various market areas, with more than half of the contribution distributed locally.
“At HeritageBank, serving the community and education are two of our top priorities,” said Len Dorminey, CEO of HeritageBank of the South. “This contribution is just another way we can strengthen our community and invest in the education of future generations.”
“On behalf of Deerfield-Windsor School and out current 55 GOAL Scholars, I want to express my sincere gratitude to HeritageBank of the South for this leadership gift”, said Dave Davies, Headmaster of Deerfield-Windsor School. “Once again, HeritageBank has shown its commitment to the Albany community and its other markets, and this gift will make a difference in the lives of dozens of children.”
The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program (www.goalscholarship.org) is one of the largest Student Scholarship Organizations in the state. From the program’s inception in 2008 through 2012, GOAL has awarded more than $33 million in scholarships to nearly 9,000 students statewide. The mission of Georgia GOAL is to provide greater opportunities for access to learning for all Georgia children.
One of Albany’s private schools, Deerfield-Windsor School (“DWS”), has participated in the GOAL Scholarship Program since 2009 and has had 74 GOAL Scholars in five years of participation. For their participation and to represent DWS’s share of the contribution, HeritageBank will present a check for $200,000 during halftime of the DWS home football game on Friday, August 30.
Of the total contribution of $425,000, local distribution also included Sherwood Christian School, Byne Christian School and St. Teresa’s School. Other schools throughout HeritageBank of the South’s footprint receiving funds from this gift include Bulloch Academy in Statesboro, Appling Christian Academy in Baxley, Stratford Academy in Macon and Valwood School in Valdosta.