Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 13, 2013

Kyle Glenn Holcombe Memorial Scholarship awarded to Beauharnois

AMERICUS — The Kyle Glenn Holcombe Memorial Scholarship was presented to South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) electrical lineworker student Nickolas R. Beauharnois recently.

The Kyle Glenn Holcombe Memorial Scholarship fund was established and endowed by Georgia Transmission and Aubrey Silvey Enterprises in memory of Kyle Glenn Holcombe, a 23-year old electrical worker who was employed by Aubry Silvey Enterprises in Carrollton.

“I would like to thank the Holcombe family and South Georgia Technical College for this great scholarship,” said Beauharnois. “Just the opportunity to attend school here was of great value to me. However, everything that everyone has done to make this such a positive experience has really made me feel fortunate for choosing South Georgia Technical College. This is a great place with great people!

 Beauharnois, who is from Lancaster, N.Y., has already completed a bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State College. He was looking for a more concrete direction in his life and followed the recommendation of a friend who was working with the New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) company.

“I have always enjoyed all elements of the outdoors and wanted the opportunity to work in that environment,” said Beauharnois. “This is a great career for people who like to work outside and you also have the opportunity to earn a great living.”

Beauharnois is anxious to finish his class and internship work at SGTC

and go back to the New York area where he might have the opportunity to put some of his new skills to work, helping out the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

When Beauharnois made his decision to pursue a career in the electrical lineworker industry, he began researching the schools that offered this program.

“I met some people through mutual friends who were already in the field and had attended the Southeast Lineman Training Center in northern Georgia. Then I discovered the lineworker program at South Georgia Tech. The reason I chose to attend South Georgia Tech over the others was because of the affordable price tag.

“I had taken out student loans for four years to pay for my bachelors’ degree and I knew I had to keep costs low. The dorms were also a selling point because I was 17 hours away from home and from work,” said Beauharnois.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the Kyle Glenn Holcombe Scholarship. I will use the scholarship funds to help with my out-of-state tuition. I appreciate the opportunity to receive this scholarship and I am very pleased with my decision to enroll at South Georgia Tech. This is a great place and a great program,” said Beauharnois.

The Kyle Glenn Holcombe Memorial Scholarship is the first scholarship designated specifically to the SGTC Electrical Lineworker program.

“We are very appreciative of Georgia Transmission and Aubrey Silvey Enterprises and Mr. Holcombe’s family for their willingness to partner with South Georgia Technical College,” said President Reeves. “This is an excellent way to honor the memory of a loved one, while also helping students continue their education.”

Kyle Glenn Holcombe was born Jan. 21, 1981, at North East Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala. His parents are Glenn and Joni Holcombe of Fruithurst, Ala. He was a loving, hard working young man with many hopes and dreams and will be missed by his parents, as well as his sister, Tracy, and her husband Marc Mayfield, and their two children Annsley and Austen.

“We hope this scholarship will have a long lasting impact on the lives of the young men and women who will benefit from this gift,” said Kyle’s mother, Joni Holcombe.

“Kyle was an extraordinary young man and we hope that this scholarship will be a tribute to his memory as well as provide assistance to other deserving, outstanding students.”

The Kyle Glenn Holcombe Memorial Scholarship endowment will guarantee indefinite educational opportunities that will impact students at SGTC for many years. Each recipient of the Kyle Glenn Holcombe Memorial Scholarship will receive a photo of Kyle and a note from the family congratulating them on their accomplishment as well as give them some background information about the young man for whom the scholarship is named for.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the family of Kyle Glenn Holcombe, Georgia Transmission and Aubrey Silvey Enterprises for considering South Georgia Technical College in remembering this special young man. We are excited about the opportunities this will bring to our electrical lineworker students now and for years to come,” concluded Reeves.

For more information about the rlectrical lineworker program at SGTC contact Wally Summers, vice president of Economic Development at 229-931-2040 or visit  www.southgatech.edu

To learn more about how to establish an endowed scholarship at SGTC  contact Su Ann Bird, vice president of Institutional Advancement at 229-931-2110.

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