American Pest Control introduced the Gene Higginbotham Memorial Scholarship in May 2016. Gene Higginbotham founded American Pest Control in 1971. He valued family, education, and community as top priorities for his company. Mr. Higginbotham passed away on August 30th, 2015 and the scholarship was created in his honor by family and employees to continue his legacy. For American Pest Control’s 45th anniversary year, the scholarship was awarded to children of American Pest Control employees who graduated in May 2016. This Spring, the scholarship was offered to all local students!
Throughout Georgia and South Carolina 21 total scholarships were awarded this year, five of which were awarded to students in the greater Athens area. Emory Nealy is a graduate of Athens Academy and plans to attend Georgia College in Milledgeville this fall where she will pursue a degree in Special Education. Emory’s impressive resume boasts athletic and academic accomplishments including induction into the National Honors Society, volunteer work with Extra Special People, and accomplishments on multiple sports teams during her high school career. Andrew Taylor is the son of American Pest Control employee, Cindy Taylor. He graduated from Oglethorpe County High School and will be continuing his education at the University of North Georgia. Andrew made honor roll for four consecutive years, including one year on the National Honor Roll, and was an accomplished athlete during high school. Ansley McClain is an Oconee County High School graduate who plans to attend Emmanuel College. A talented athlete, scholar, and community volunteer, Ansley will be pursuing an education degree while continuing to play volleyball at the college level. Calvin Pettyjohn graduated from Athens Christian School and will continue his education at the University of Georgia, pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. With a grade point average of above 4.0, Calvin has excelled academically and creatively throughout high school and has been described as an exemplary student. Alyssa Butler, a North Oconee High School graduate, plans to attend Georgia College & State University to pursue a nursing degree with long-term goals of enacting change worldwide. As a member of several clubs, organizations, and athletic teams, Alyssa has proven herself to be a well-rounded student who has achieved many accomplishments throughout her high school career.
American Pest Control will continue to offer this scholarship to high school seniors throughout their wide service area across Northeast Georgia and parts of South Carolina. We look forward to continuing support of local communities and education!