16 Sep Park Springs Foundation Awards 2022-2023 Academic Year Scholarships
The Park Springs Foundation, a volunteer-run organization comprised of members of Park Springs Life Plan Community in Stone Mountain, will award Park Springs employees, spouses of employees and children of employees with scholarships of up to $10,500 each for the 2022-2023 academic year. Scholarships provide up to $3,000 toward tuition and up to $500 toward books per semester for three semesters each year – fall, spring and summer – for those working toward academic degrees, skill development or certification at any not-for-profit private or public college, university or technical school. In the last ten years alone, Park Springs Foundation has contributed $422,929 to the education of Park Springs employees and their children.
“It is such an honor to play a role in fulfilling the dreams of the Park Springs employees and their children by helping to fund their education,” said Park Springs Foundation President Pat Shea. “This is our way to take care of the staff and their families in appreciation for their dedicated care for us. At Park Springs, we are one big extended family, and taking care of each other is what we do.”
Scholarships are provided for the cost of education and no application is denied so long as the application meets the basic criteria: applicant, their parent or spouse has been an employee of Park Springs for one year at time of scholarship award and applicant is attending a not-for-profit educational institution. In addition to the financial support, Park Springs Foundation provides each scholar with a mentor to assist them with the application process and to offer guidance throughout the scholars’ educational careers, as desired.
“I am truly grateful for the scholarship dollars and the mentoring that Park Springs Foundation provides to me so that I can pursue my dream of becoming a nurse,” shared Betsy Pocasangre, a nursing student at Georgia State University, whose father, Bladimir Pocasangre, has been a cook at Park Springs for nearly 10 years.
2021-2022 Park Springs Foundation scholars are enrolled in various programs, predominantly nursing and health management programs but also including programs such as computer science, early childhood development and history. They are enrolled at educational institutions including Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Atlanta Technical College, Augusta Technical College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia Military College, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Gwinnett Technical College, Louisiana State University, Mercer University, Southern Crescent Technical College and University of Georgia.
About Park Springs Foundation
Park Springs Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was founded in 2007 by members of Park Springs Life Plan Community in Stone Mountain, Georgia with the intent of benefiting employees of Park Springs. The Foundation administers funds that are contributed voluntarily by members of Park Springs and their families to an employee continuing education scholarship program.