"Through our funding of these scholarships, exclusively at this college, the College of Coastal Georgia, we intend not only to show the college as an important institution in this community but to thank them for partnering with us in this endeavor," Bridges said.
Along with the scholarship program, SIPOA plans to soon launch a mentorship program to accompany the financial support for the first recipients.
"We're going to bring to you, as students, our experiences in our career background, and we're going to try to help you through," said Bob Guido, chair of the association's scholarship and mentorship committee.
The new scholarship will benefit local students and their families for years to come, Johnston said.
"The support of community partners and donors is crucial to our ability to provide our students with a high quality education and a vibrant collegiate experience that they deserve," she said.