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CCSD Students Win Community Memorial Scholarship

CCSD Students Win Community Memorial Scholarship

Three Cherokee County School District students have earned community scholarships focused on aviation and honoring the memory of a longtime pilot.

The Don Stevens Memorial Scholarship program supports CCSD high school students pursuing their private pilot's license.  Mr. Stevens was a retired captain for Delta Airlines and the longtime chairman of the Cherokee County Airport Authority.  The scholarship was created by his family, with the assistance of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, to help students with the expenses of training for their private pilot’s licenses. 

The scholarship committee this spring selected the winners of the second annual awards.  Sequoyah HS senior Rowan Steele was selected to receive the $10,000 Don Stevens Memorial Aviation Scholarship.  He will pursue his flight training at Middle Georgia State University in the fall as a freshman. 

Rowan is an AP student and played football for Sequoyah, for which he was named First Team All-Region Defense and earned the Coach’s Award.  He also works part-time and volunteers in the community.  

“I love flying and the freedom of being in the air,” Rowan said.  “I want to turn this passion into a career where I can support a family and share my enthusiasm for flying with others.”
Cherokee HS freshman Ryan Richard and Woodstock HS senior Richard Beaudrie III each received the $500 Private Pilot Ground School Scholarships.

The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower will recognize the winners at this month’s school board meeting.

“We’re so appreciative of the generosity of the Stevens family and this wonderful legacy for Don,” Dr. Hightower said.  “Congratulations to the winners and best wishes as your pursue your pilot license and future successes.”