The Donna Adams Mahaffey Scholarship Fund
In 2015, the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber Board had a remarkable vision to create The Donna Adams Mahaffey Scholarship Fund. At the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber, we believe that education puts children on the path to success in life.
The Chamber expands educational opportunity to higher-education by providing scholarships to upcoming female high school graduates in the city of Sandy Springs. These scholarships instill children with the concept that regardless of their financial situation, they too can receive a higher education. Improving education on a regional scale has always been a priority to at the Chamber.
The Donna A. Mahaffey scholarship changes lives because this scholarship provides the tools and opportunities children need to succeed to reach their full potential. Until all high school graduates have the opportunity to attend college, the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber will continue to empower and inspire female graduates to attend college through The Donna Mahaffey Scholarship Fund.
Scholarship Qualification Criteria for 2020-2021
Four $2,500.00 Scholarships will be awarded (two for Riverwood International Charter School and two for North Springs Charter Schools).
The Applicant must:
- Attend one of the two public high schools in Sandy Springs, GA (Riverwood International or North Springs Charter School)
- Be a senior, and have been enrolled and currently attending Riverwood or North Springs High School for at least 2 years (includes senior year)
- Have completed the FAFSA form to demonstrate financial need
- Be a US Citizen or have Permanent Resident Alien Status
- Provide a social security number, if requested
- Plan to enroll for the 2020 summer or fall semester at an accredited NON-PROFIT technical, 2 year or 4 year public college or public university in the state of Georgia. (Please refer to the following web site for a list of the non-profit (i) technical, associate degree, and (ii) 4-year colleges and universities which are in the University System of Georgia: https://www.gafutures.org/college-planning/college-search/state-of-georgia-colleges/. To receive the Scholarship, the applicant must attend one of the technical, associate degree, or 4-year colleges and universities listed on this web site.)
- Be currently taking a minimum of 6 credit hours
- Have a current cumulative, High School numeric average of at least 79 out of 100 or better
- If applicant is under 18 years of age, have parent/guardian sign consent form
- If applicant is 18 years of age or older, sign consent form
- Have two (2) personalized letters of recommendation from non-relative individuals (employer, teacher, religious leader, etc.)
- Write an essay of 500 words or less on (i) why applicant has a need for her financial aid, and (ii) why she wants to continue her Education.
- Complete the application and consent form (Please note: the application process must be completed before or on the deadline date of February 28, 2020 by 5:00 PM)
- Be willing to participate in an interview, if required
- Be willing to attend a few Civic Fund events with the other awardees (transportation will be provided, if necessary)
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Please make contributions to The Donna Adams Mahaffey Scholarship Fund in person or by mail at the Bank of Sandy Springs office at 6000 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, Ga., 30328.
Please make your checks payable to “The Donna Adams Mahaffey Scholarship Fund”.
About Donna Adams Mahaffey
Donna Adams Mahaffey was an influential leader and public servant in DeKalb County, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs for over 40 years. She was active in local communities and was involved in prevention programs to help improve the lives of people in need and facing adversity. Donna was passionate about women's education and felt that education was key to breaking cycles and improving the lives of families and their future generations.
Donna served on several nonprofit boards, was an early civil rights proponent and worked extensively on race relations and within communities around Atlanta. She was instrumental in the creation of the MARTA train system, providing accessible public transportation in the Metro Atlanta area. Her leadership with the DeKalb prevention alliance earned her a role as an advisor to Jimmy Carter's Atlanta Project. After retiring from DeKalb county, Donna worked for 14 years as Chief of External Affairs for the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs). The Perimeter CIDs provide much-needed transportation and infrastructure improvements in the Sandy Springs/Perimeter area, such as the Hammond exit, the Perimeter Parkway and flyover bridge, plus the state's first diverging diamond. In this role, Donna was instrumental in the project for the I-285/400 interchange reconstruction. Additionally, she volunteered in many Sandy Springs nonprofit organizations.
Due to financial limitations and family commitments, Donna did not immediately attend college after graduating high school. Donna pursued her degree over a span of 30 years. As she was able, she would go to college at night and on weekends while working full-time and raising her family. She earned her degree at the age of 50 and was grateful that she was finally able to complete her goal.
Donna always believed in giving back, pouring into others, and leveraging her influence to help communities. This scholarship has been made possible by the generous donations from people who wish to honor her giving spirit and her dedication to making the world a better place. Her legacy lives on through touching the lives of the recipients of this scholarship.