Mike Stokely Scholarship Award Winner
THE MIKE STOKELY FOUNDATION AWARDS FIVE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
T'erica Dawson is presented a Mike Stokely Foundation Scholarship by Mark Whitlock, CEO Central Education Center, a charter school in the Coweta County School System. CEC students can take part or all of their classes in a wide variety of programs while remaining a part of the student body at their base High School. T'Erica's base high school is Newnan High and she participated in the Central Education Center Work Based Learning Program, through which she was placed in a real life working environment with a local prosecutor's office. T'Erica has plans to attend college at Mercer in Macon GA and go on to law school. She participated in Mock Trial through Newnan High and received a four year award for her participation as well as best attorney award during the State of Georgia Regional Mock Trial competition held at the Coweta County Courthouse in February 2011.
The Mike Stokely Foundation very much appreciates Mark Whitlock's help and has been proud to partner with Central Education Center to help students at CEC further their education at college or technical school. In addition to the scholarship awarded to T'Erica Dawson pictured above, the Mike Stokely Foundation awarded a scholarship to a CEC student from East Coweta High and Northgate High. For each of the six graduation cycles since Mike's death in Iraq, the Foundation has awarded a scholarship to one or more students at each of the Coweta County three base high schools.
The Mike Stokely Foundation is also proud to partner with Loganville High (Walton County GA )and the Loganville High Soccer Booster Club to award a scholarship to two graduating senior soccer players. Mike was a soccer player and graduated from Loganville High and the Booster Club initially started the Mike Stokely Memorial Scholarship. The Mike Stokely Foundation matches each of the scholarships awarded by the Loganville Soccer Booster Club.
It is only through the generous support of our contributors locally, across the state, and around the country that the Mike Stokely Foundation is able to award these scholarships. The motto of the Mike Stokely Foundation is "helping a lot of kids go a long way in life with a little bit of money."
We Thank our Contributors for their help in making these scholarships and the other charitable projects of the Mike Stokely Foundation possible. We so much appreciate our Contributors Honoring Mike's service and sacrifice in Iraq by allowing his name and memory to continue doing what he was known for best - looking out for and helping others.
Mike Stokely Memorial Foundation
Mike was E 108 Cavalry 48th Brigade Georgia Army National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq out of Fort Stewart GA attached to the 3rd Infantry Division U.S. Army. He had joined the Georgia Army National Guard March 28, 2000 while a junior at Loganville High.
He went to "boot camp" - basic training at Fort Benning during the summer of 2000 and returned to Loganville for his senior year that August, graduating May, 2001. He then went to Fort Gordon for his Advanced Individual Training late June 2001 through November 2001. In Janaury 2002 he started college at Georgia Military in Milledgeville. He took what was to be a year out from college in 2003 to recruit full-time with the Georgia Army National Guard. He was planning on going back in 2004 but thought his unit was being called up so held out and worked full-time, and moved to Sharpsburg to live with us. In the fall of 2004 as he was making plans to re-enroll at Georgia Military Fairburn campus, he was called up.
Mike's unit deployed on May 15 2005 after five months of train-up, landing in Kuwait on the 16th and entering Iraq a few weeks later. He served at Yusufiyah Iraq in the Triangle of Death about 15 miles southwest of Baghdad. Mike escaped several close calls but in the early morning hours of August 16, 2005 his three HumVee patrol stopped to check a suspicious location.
While out of their vehicles on dismounted patrol a very powerful roadside bomb exploded, killing Mike and seriously wounding two of his fellow soldiers.
Mike Stokely was age 23 when he died. Mike was born Michael James Stokely, April 19, 1982.