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University College awards Brackin Scholarships


Mercadies Gorge prepares salads at Ornery Vets Cafe in Athens.

University College is pleased to announce the recipients of the Richard K. Brackin Scholarship for Specialized Careers Mercadies George and Ghaelyn Gold Grimes.

George, a native of Athens designed a program specialized studies focused on entrepreneurship and consumer psychology. Combine an entrepreneurship certificate with classes in the Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism program. She served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and is now the general manager of the new Ornery Vets Café in Uptown Athens. The founders of Ornery Vets Café plan for George to become the owner of the new and only company after two years of sweat and after his graduation, scheduled for spring 2023.

“Winning this scholarship is just an incredible feeling,” George said. "Seeing that the work you do, the time and effort you put in pay off and that your dreams come true, that feeling is unmatched."

Grimes last year student Brook Park, Ohio with an area of ​​focus on family dynamics. He hopes to work with the youth after graduating in the fall.

of his academic excellence and his triumph over his self-described challenges of being a non-traditional student, "Julie Cohara, director of undergraduate programs at University College, said. "Our two 2021 Brackin Scholars beautifully illustrate how these challenges blend into self-identified strengths and opportunities."

The Richard K. Brackin Scholarship was established in 1998 for honor Dr. Richard Keith Brackin when he retired from University College. He served as the director of the Bachelor of Specialized Studies (B.S.S.) program for 19 years and directed the university's programs for non-traditional students. The scholarship recognizes your effort with these two groups of students.

The Brackin Scholarship is available for traditional students who are currently taking the Bachelor of Specialized Studies who are enrolled part-time or full-time. Applicants are evaluated based on academic performance (including any transferred work), a written statement, and references.

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