2018 Davis Scholars

Congratulations to Leigh Wilson and Alex Starke, two Hall County teachers who have been named as C.W. Davis Scholars and will receive $500 scholarships towards their pursuit of advanced degrees.

The North Georgia Community Foundation administers the C.W. Davis Scholarship, which is in honor of the distinguished life and career of C.W. Davis. Mr. Davis was the former principal of the original Flowery Branch High School, the founding principal of South Hall High, the former superintendent of Hall County Schools, and the founder of the Lanierland Basketball Tournament.

The 2018 C.W. Davis Scholars are: 

Leigh Wilson – Chestatee High School

Leigh Wilson teaches Algebra and Geometry at Chestatee High School. She is pursuing a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Piedmont College. In her application she stated, “I have learned that teaching is very different than I could have imagined. I took many, many math classes in college and so I entered the teaching field with a head full of math.  I quickly discovered, however, that teaching is all about relationships, and that is what I truly love about my job.  They have struggles and joyous times and I am happy to share both with them. I want to pursue a higher degree to eventually enter the leadership side of education. I appreciate the experience and perspective I am able to gain by taking the graduate degree level courses and look forward to what the future holds.”

Laurie Ecke, Leigh Wilson, Kevin Bales

Alexandra Starke – Johnson High School

Alex Starke teaches IB Math and Honors Geometry at Johnson High School. She is attending Georgia State University to earn a PhD in Teaching and Learning. She described her reasons for pursuing her PhD: “As an educator, I have learned that continuing education is essential to maintaining student engagement and effective practices in the classroom. While teaching, I have had the opportunity to experience many wonderful teaching moments, as well as numerous challenges that arise in the field of education. I believe that by becoming better acquainted with research strategies, educational policies, and best educational practices, I can learn how to better face these challenges, as well as how to continue to positively impact those around me including students, fellow teachers, and individuals at the administrative and leadership levels.”

Laurie Ecke, Alex Starke, Kevin Bales

The Hall County School Board will recognize our 2018 Davis Scholars at the May 21 board meeting. The Board meeting will be held at 5:00 PM in the First Baptist Church Chapel at 751 Green St, Gainesville, GA.


North Georgia Community Foundation



The C.W. Davis Teacher Scholarship is in honor of the distinguished educational career of C. W. Davis. Mr. Davis attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia and was named principal of the original Flowery Branch High School in 1953. In 1960, he founded the Lanierland Basketball Tournament, which continues to this day. After serving as principal of South Hall High School, he became superintendent of Hall County Schools from 1977 – 1983. C.W. Davis Middle School was named in his honor in 1999. The C.W. Davis Scholarship has been established in his honor to assist current Hall County teachers as they pursue an advanced degree and life-long career in education.

The North Georgia Community Foundation administers the C.W. Davis Scholarship. Hall County teachers who are named as Davis Scholars will receive a non-renewable award towards the pursuit of an advanced degree, payable to the college or university.

A selection committee, including a Davis family member, a Hall County School System administrator and a Hall County School System retiree, screen and evaluate applications for the C.W. Davis Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be Hall County teachers who have completed between 3 – 7 years of teaching

Teachers must plan to remain in an education-related field and must be accepted into or already be enrolled in an education graduate degree program at Brenau University, Georgia State University, Piedmont College, the University of Georgia, or the University of North Georgia