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Meg Parker Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship

Margaret (Meg) Parker of Alma was recently selected as the fall 2011 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College.

OTC cosmetology instructor Ollie Harkleroad and OTC Foundation Director Cindy Tanner presented Parker with an award check and congratulated her for outstanding performance and success.

Parker’s enthusiasm for her new career as a master cosmetologist is evident to anyone who meets her. “It became clear to me that Meg was a perfect candidate for this scholarship and definitely in the right career track when I read her remarks from her scholarship application,” stated OTC Foundation Director Cindy Tanner.

“Success for me especially at this time in my life, writes Meg, “is to have a career that makes me happy. I am a 2008 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and a minor in marketing. Since graduating from GSU, I have had little to do with my previous field of study, but have finally found my calling in the field of cosmetology. If by doing my job I can help others feel better about themselves, then I want to do this forever because it’s what makes me feel good about me.”

“I explored several different options for cosmetology school,” continues Parker, “including other area technical colleges and was even accepted into the Aveda Institute in Atlanta, but decided that Okefenokee Technical College was the best choice. I knew OTC could lead me in the right direction for achieving my dream.”

While attending OTC, Parker works part-time at The New You Salon in Alma where the owner, Rebecca Palmer, has been extremely supportive of Meg and her education at OTC. Meg is especially proud to have contributed to Products by Rebecca, a line of quality hair products, pomade, hairspray, mist,  etc., that was developed by Rebecca Palmer and is sold with the tag, “For the Southerner in All of Us.” Meg helped with the bottle design of some of the products and enjoys promoting the products in numerous ways. In fact, she and Rebecca plan to be in attendance at the Southern Women’s Show in Savannah February 2012, where Rebecca will be an exhibitor. According to Parker, each product in Rebecca’s line has a southern name.

Parker is glad that Rebecca, an OTC cosmetology graduate, offers the products to OTC cosmetology students at a reduced rate. According to Parker, it not only promotes the products, but it also supports the program and inspires others to be creative.

“Throughout the program,” states Parker, on her application, “Mrs. H., as we lovingly call her, has taught me valuable job skills and essential instruction in the art and science of cosmetology. I would like to thank her and my husband, Matt, for their support.”

When asked about Parker’s performance as a student, Harkleroad promises that we will hear more from Meg Parker. Harkleroad said that Parker is a hard worker, loves being a hair stylist, is an exceptional student, has a good work ethic, is self-motivated, and goes beyond the expected in everything she does.

“I am honored to present this award on behalf of the Pike family, the OTC Foundation trustees, and OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton,” stated Tanner when she met with Parker and Harkleroad. Parker, who plans to use her award check to pay for the cosmetology state board exam and other items that will help advance her career, asked Tanner to thank everyone who made the scholarship possible, especially the Pike family.

The Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. John Pike and other family members to pay tribute to Mrs. Brooksie Pike, Dr. John Pike’s mother, who had a forty-year career in cosmetology. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be full-time cosmetology students entering their final quarter at Okefenokee Technical College with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and excellent quarterly work ethics grades.

Two Brooksie A. Pike Scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding cosmetology students at Okefenokee Tech. The OTC Foundation would like to congratulate Meg and thank Dr. John Pike and Penny Pike for establishing the scholarship fund.

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Meg Parker (center) of Alma is the fall 2011 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. OTC cosmetology instructor Ollie Harkleroad (right) and OTC Foundation Director Cindy Tanner (left) presented Parker with the award check and congratulated her for outstanding performance and success.

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