Impacting Education In Brooks County
The Robert Warde Chambers Scholarship and Public Education Fund
About the Fund
In 2009, the estate of Robert Warde Chambers had a desire to support educational initiatives for future generations in Brooks County. Vann Parrott, an attorney in Quitman and board member of the Community Foundation of South Georgia, believed that the Community Foundation would be a perfect fit to manage these funds and oversee the efforts into perpetuity. After numerous meetings with the estate, the Community Foundation was chosen to be the beneficiary of a $1 Million gift and the Robert Warde Chambers Scholarship and Public Education Fund was established.
The fund was created with the idea of supporting education in Brooks County through three programs. First, the fund provides scholarships to deserving graduating seniors of Brooks County High School. Second, teachers in the Brooks County School System are provided an opportunity for continuing education scholarships to promote their continued professional development. Finally, a public education fund was created with the purpose of supporting teacher projects that will improve the quality of the students’ educational experience. In its first seven years, the fund provided over $370,000 in scholarships to deserving students and teachers in Brooks County and has funded over 60 separate teacher projects in the classroom.
The Community Foundation is excited to have this opportunity to promote educational excellence in Brooks County. The Robert Warde Chambers Scholarship and Public Education Fund will be a catalyst for both students and teachers to reach their highest potential and will play an active role in transforming their community through education.
“The Robert Warde Chambers Scholarship has been a saving grace at times. After I graduate… I plan to go to Law School, learn as much as I can, and be an asset and serve all of the communities I belong to. ”