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Paula Strickland Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship

Paula Strickland (right) of Waycross is the Summer 2011 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. Strickland recently completed the cosmetology program at OTC and passed her state board exam.

According to Moody (right of Simmons), Strickland is a natural for the profession and has an “awesome” work ethic.  Strickland excelled in the OTC program, earning a 3.93 grade point average. “She is a team player and a good example for others,” stated Moody.

On her application, Strickland told about her determination to attain the career of her dreams. “I wanted to start my career after high school, but life came first. I was married and had a child before I had a chance to begin college, but I never gave up. It wasn’t until recent events in my life that I was able to come back to school to officially train for a license in cosmetology, and the wait was well worth it. I know now that had I tried years ago, I would not have appreciated the opportunity as I do now. Even with the loss of my father in the second quarter of the program, I didn’t lose sight of the dream. He wanted me to stay the course because he knew how much it meant to me. When I graduate in July, I will do so in memory of his unfailing support, constant encouragement, and wonderful love. I plan to carry on my father’s love of helping people throughout my career.”

“As a child sitting in the local beauty shop,” continued Strickland, “I remember thinking how wonderful it was to see my grandmother’s face light up every week when she went for her regular visit. Since then I have had a fascination with helping people feel more beautiful and confident. I am thankful to have finally reached this goal for myself, my family, and for all those who have supported me throughout this year. I thank my instructor most of all for her support and confidence.”

Mrs. Moody congratulated Strickland and presented her with a scholarship check on behalf of Dr. John Pike, former OTC President, his wife, Penny, and 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, who had a forty-year career in cosmetology. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be full-time cosmetology students in their final quarter at Okefenokee Technical College with a minimum grade point average of  3.0 and excellent quarterly work ethics grades.

Two Brooksie A. Pike Scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding cosmetology students at Okefenokee Tech. OTC Foundation trustees and OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (not shown) congratulate Strickland and Moody and thank the Pike family.

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Paula Strickland (right) was recently selected as the Brookie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for summer term 2011. Okefenokee Technical College cosmetology instructor Debra Moody (left) presented Strickland with the award check and congratulated her for outstanding performance and success.



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