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Class of 2018: Local honors students find their college fit close to home

Incoming freshmen Kailey Scott and Tevauri Marshall are both local students and high-achievers, entering into the Honors Program.
Incoming freshmen Kailey Scott and Tevauri Marshall are both local students and high-achievers, entering into the Honors Program.

Searching for that perfect college fit can lead some high school seniors on a hunt around the country, but for some that hunt ends in their own backyard.

“Of course Georgia College has always been here, but I didn’t realize how much it had to offer until it really came down to the time when I had to start looking into colleges,” Kailey Scott, incoming freshman, said. 

Scott, along with Tevauri Marshall, are both local students who chose to attend Georgia College. However not only are Marshall and Scott local, they are also high-achievers. Marshall and Scott are both entering college in the Honors Program, as well as recipients of awards from the President’s Scholarship Competition (PSC). The PSC provides an opportunity for high-achieving high school seniors from across the country to compete for Georgia College’s most prestigious scholarships. 

Marshall, who graduated from Baldwin County High School, is majoring in music education and says it was during his visit during the competition that made him start seriously thinking about Georgia College.

“I never really considered Georgia College until I took a tour and had an opportunity to really see the campus,” Marshall said. 

Scott, who attended Georgia Military College Prep School, is majoring in chemistry starting in the fall. For her, it came down to the details when deciding on Georgia College.

“I’ve always wanted to be pre-med so this seemed like the right start,” Scott said. “I’ve looked at other schools, but Georgia College fit when it came to small class sizes and program quality.” 

Marshall and Scott also both received scholarships to attend Mercer University. Marshall says there were distinct differences that made Georgia College an easy choice.

“I received a scholarship to Mercer but it just didn’t seem like what I was looking for,” Marshall said. “Georgia College seemed like they were moving forward and also in the direction that I see myself going.”  

Scott's parents, Alton and Melanie Scott, are also alumni of Georgia College, but said when it came down to the decision— they wanted Kailey to make her own decision. 

"Or course we wanted her to come here, but we tried not to push her," Melanie said. "But in the end it just came down to what felt like the right decision for her."

Marshall's mother Valencia Edwards also shares the same sentiment. 

"I'm happy he chose Georgia College and I know he will have a great college experience here," Edwards said. "I have no doubts he will do well here."

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