Charles Eames finds unique way to help Wiregrass Tech students


May 19, 2014

Charles Eames
Mr. Charles Eames

Fitzgerald, GA- Charles Eames, a retired librarian from Waycross, Georgia, has found a unique way to help college students at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College at the Ben Hill-Irwin and Coffee campuses as well as from other areas all across South Georgia. He made a donation to the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundation North recently to provide gasoline scholarships each month to help students with transportation expenses to and from the college campuses.

“With the rising cost of gasoline, I realize that sometimes a college student may be one tank of gas away from dropping out of college,” explained Charles Eames. “That is when I came up with the idea to make a donation to Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and other college foundations in South Georgia to provide the funds needed to give away a $50 gas card each month to a student who travels back and forth to college. This is my way of helping students remain in college.”

The “Charles Eames Travel Fund” was established at WGTC recently and the WGTC Foundation North will work with the college IT (Information Technology) and admissions staff to provide one gift card to a student each month as long as funds are available. The college will compile a list of all non-residential students who are taking nine credit hours or more each semester and select a number using random.org that corresponds with a student name. No student can win twice in a single semester. The Charles Eames Travel Fund scholarships are available to students registered at both the Ben Hill-Irwin and Coffee County Center campuses.

“I realize that this is not a lot of money, but if I can help one student remain in school, it will be well worth my investment,” continued Eames. “By selecting a random student each month, every qualified student will have some HOPE of being selected and sometimes hope and a little help can make a big difference.”

Charles Eames is originally from Ohio, but has spent the last 30 years in the south and is a retired librarian from Waycross, Georgia. He has served on the board of trustees at Waycross College in Waycross and since the merger is serving on the board of the newly formed James M. Dye Foundation at Waycross College. He started the Charles Eames Travel Fund initially at South Georgia State College and Okefenokee Technical College, both in Waycross, and East Georgia State College in Swainsboro. He has expanded this program now to include South Georgia Technical College and Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Fitzgerald, and Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia and Swainsboro.

“What an example and an inspiration Mr. Eames is to our communities and our students,” said Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundation North Executive Director Mona Paulk. “ We feel so blessed to be a part of his gift giving plans.

For more information about how to provide a scholarship to students at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College or to make a donation to the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Foundation North, contact Mona Paulk, WGTC Foundation North executive director, at 229-468-2102 or mona.paulk@wiregrass.edu.