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Public Education Trust (PET) to Award over $31,000 in Scholarships for Douglas Seniors
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Monday, January 29, 2018
40 students from the Class of 2018 will receive over $31,000 in community-funded scholarships

Public Education Trust (PET) Commits over $31,000 in Scholarships

40 students from the Class of 2018 will receive over $31,000 in community-funded scholarships

The Public Education Trust (PET), the fundraising organization that serves the Douglas County School System (DCSS), will award $31,400 in scholarships to 40 members of the 2018 high school graduating class who plan to continue their education at the college or university level.

PET administers 20 different scholarship funds supported by local businesses and individuals, including school system staff, who are committed to helping deserving students further their education after high school graduation. The online application period opens on February 1st and continues through March 4th.

One of PET’s locally-sponsored scholarships is the DeNyse Companies Scholarship. “It is important to DeNyse Companies to support our community,” said Mark DeNyse, company president. “Providing scholarships for upcoming high school graduates is a powerful way to continue our mission of inspiring our youth. It’s an honor and privilege to have a smart part in helping our future leaders.”

PET’s current DeNyse Scholars are Ayodele Babalola and Alexandria Edwards, both 2017 graduates of Lithia Springs High School. Ms. Babalola is using her DeNyse Companies Scholarship at the University of Missouri where she is majoring in industrial engineering, and Ms. Edwards is using hers to pursue an engineering/industrial design degree at the Savannah College of Art & Design.“The PET Scholarship helped me take care of some college financial responsibilities, but the best part of the scholarship was not about that,” explained Ms. Babalola. “It is great to see that my community cares about their students and wants to see us succeed beyond the boundaries of our county. I’d like to thank DeNyse Companies for being my donor.  It was such an honor to receive this scholarship! It’s hard to believe it’s been over half a semester, but I am still ever so grateful.”

PET’s scholarships have varied criteria including community service, major, participation in sports, participation in certain programs such as the College & Career Institute and Performance Learning Center, etc.  The varied criteria open up PET’s scholarships to many students – not just those with top grades. Several scholarships have no minimum GPA requirement.

The Public Education Trust will accept online applications February 1st through March 4th. A description of all PET scholarships and a link to the application can be found at

For more information, contact PET Executive Director Lynn L. Murray at