Financial Assistance to Students in Georgia

In our continuing efforts to support higher education, Make A Difference Foundation, Inc. (MADF) established the Charlotte Lemons Annual Student Scholarship (C.L.A.S.S.) award.  This award is intended to give students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to further their education at an accredited college, university or technical institution.  These scholarships are one-time awards and start at $1,000 up to $5,000.

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  • Be a Georgia resident
  • Submit a completed application form before the stated deadline
  • Be a graduating high school senior (graduating in the Spring of 2024)
  • Have a cumulative overall GPA of 2.7 or better 
  • Recipients must be able to “Pay It Forward” by volunteering for at least one (1) MADF fundraising event of their choosing at anytime.

Required Documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Current high school transcript
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one must come from a current teacher, cannot use a relative)
  • Brief personal statement of financial need
  • College acceptance letter (if available)
  • Create a 1 to 2-minute video submission addressing the following topic “Making A Difference In My Community”, in which the applicant identifies a need in his/her neighborhood or community and describes a plan to address that need.

Attention Georgia High School Seniors

This application opens February 23, 2024 and closes March 31, 2024.

Charlotte Lemons—"Made A Difference with a Smile" (1959-2004)

Oftentimes, foundations and scholarships are dedicated to the legacy of world renown persons. However, with the world’s plight today, there is a greater need for more “hometown” heroes, and the late Charlotte Lemons is one of them. She is the inspiration behind our C.L.A.S.S. award.

With Charlotte’s warm smile and caring heart, she impacted many individuals from all socio-economic levels positively. She worked in various professions and never hesitated to give what she had to others. A former employer stated that Charlotte often brought food from her home to feed the less fortunate people that lingered near her office. She also gave them money and asked her employer to give these same individuals general work for the day and pay them.

Furthermore, Charlotte was a member of a large family, and she did not bear any children. Despite this, she fully understood how important it is to help less fortunate young people to make a better world for them. Therefore, we named our scholarship in her memory. It serves as a reminder for everyone about the importance of “making a difference” within our community. This scholarship will support the education of our future leaders, who will “make a difference” within their local community and the world at large.

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