Whit Whitlow Memorial Scholarship

GAPS contributes to the education of a deserving student by awarding the Whit Whitlow Memorial Scholarship to one handpicked recipient each year. Help us help a student in your life by nominating a qualified individual for this great opportunity!


The Whit Whitlow Memorial Scholarship fund was established by GAPS as a tribute to Whit Whitlow, who was a pioneer in the formation of our organization and a steadfast supporter throughout his life. A total of eighteen scholarships have been awarded since the fund's inception in 1998.


We present the $1,000 scholarship to the selected nominee at the GAPS Annual Conference.

Nomination Process

If you are a GAPS member, plan to join by the scholarship deadline, are employed by a member or have a family member currently in GAPS, we invite you to nominate a student by completing the GAPS Scholarship Nomination Package, which is sent to all members via email. If you are not currently a GAPS member yourself but otherwise qualify to nominate a student and, as such, did not receive this email, please contact us to receive a copy of the Nomination Package.

The criteria for consideration as a nominee are:

  1. Must provide proof of a 3.0 GPA/B average or better.
  2. Must be a current Georgia resident.
  3. Must be actively involved in school and/or community organizations.
  4. Must be a graduating high school senior or actively enrolled in college.
  5. Must be nominated by a sponsor who is a current GAPS member, an employee of a current GAPS member or a family member of a current GAPS member. The sponsor must provide a brief overview (250 words typed maximum) of the nominee's circumstances and need.
  6. Must provide proof of current and active attendance in college or acceptance to a college/university if not already enrolled.
  7. Must personally write and provide a brief statement (250 words typed maximum) describing personal goals and aspirations.

The scholarship will be awarded based on need, academic qualifications, school/community involvement and the demonstration of a high level of leadership.

Current Scholarship Status

We are thrilled to announce that the 2019 recipient of the Whit Whitlow Memorial Scholarship is Madelyn E. Meyers! She received a $1,000 scholarship towards her college education, which she will begin at Young Harris College in fall 2019, where she will be studying biology and playing lacrosse.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominees for the scholarship!



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