Every year, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation awards two $500 scholarship opportunities for Henry County students. The Scholarship for Young Women will be awarded at the virtual 2021 Women’s EmPOWERment Summit on March 25, 2021. Download application.
• Applicant must be a female, in Junior or Senior year, and enrolled in a school in Henry County.
• Applicant must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. Transcript required.
• Applicant will write a 500-word essay (in 12-point Times New Roman) highlighting any awards, community services, work experience, and explaining how receiving the scholarship will help the student attain her educational plans and career goals.
Congratulations to Seniors Aissatou Diallo and Carmen Bodie, the winners of $500 each in the first Annual Award of Scholarships for Young Women by the HCCC Education Committee.
Aissatou received her $500 Scholarship during the 2020 Women's EmPOWERment Summit. Her mission is to enter the medical field and find solutions that prevent African-American women from dying due to pregnancy-related symptoms.
Carmen was awarded her Scholarship at this year's Summit as well. In the future, she plans to work at Children's Healthcare to be a support system for sick children. Carmen plans to care for her patients, tend to their needs, and better their health and education.
Aissatou Diallo is on the honor roll at Hampton High School and has been awarded the Georgia Certificate of Merit and the DAR Good Citizen Award. She has been recognized as a Lady of Distinction for outstanding community service and serves as an ambassador with Ladies Unlimited. She is a member of the International Skills Diploma Seal Club, the National Honor Society and serves as the treasurer with the Hampton High School HOSA Future Health Professionals chapter. After graduation, Diallo plans to attend Howard University in Washington, DC.
Aissatou sees the scholarship as a great encouragement. It serves as motivation to fulfill her goal of becoming an OB-GYN that tends to the neglected medical needs of all women, especially minorities.
Chamber Education Attainment Committee Chair and CEO of Family Support Circle, Dr. Elna Poulard, (l. to r.) presented the Scholarship for Young Women award to Aissatou and the second recipient, Carmen Bodie, along with Natalie Gore, Assistant Superintendent of District and School Performance, Henry County Schools.
Carmen Bodie, also an honor roll student at Hampton High School, placed fourth in the Georgia National History Day Competition. She lettered in Varsity Golf and received the Girl Scout Silver Award. She will be enrolling in the Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, GA, this Fall.
Carmen recounts the event that inspired her career choice. When she was seven years old, her best friend passed away from brain cancer. The tragedy became Carmen's motivation. Now, her goal is to work in the hospital and improve the life of any and every child that comes her way.
Carmen and Aissatou take another picture with Natalie Gore and Dr. Elna Poulard to capture an unforgettable moment.