C. W. Davis Scholarship Announcement

Congratulations to Mrs. Stephanie Oliaro Brannon, the Hall County teacher who has been named a 2020 Davis Scholar and has been awarded a $500 scholarship towards her pursuit of an advanced degree. 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 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.

Mrs. Stephanie Oliaro Brannon – Sardis Enrichment School
Stephanie Brannon teaches 2nd grade at Sardis Enrichment School and is pursuing a Specialist Degree at Piedmont College. In her application she stated: “I believe that teaching is one of, if not the most, important careers…Ever since I was a little girl, the only thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a teacher. It was my dream… I want to be the encourager, the mentor, the leader. I want to lead my students to believe that they can reach for the stars. I want to instill a love for learning. I want my students to look back one day and know that I cared for them and that I loved them. I want to be the teacher they remember. I want what I do to matter. As a mother, my pedagogy has evolved slightly. I have always wanted to be a great teacher, but now I try to think about the teacher I would want for my son. I want a teacher that recognizes growth, a teacher that is gentle, a good listener, and a helping hand. Being a teacher means so much more than just teaching; it’s about being there for children. That is why what I do matters.”

The Hall County School Board will recognize Mrs. Brannon at a board meeting later this summer or early fall.

North Georgia Community Foundation
C.W. DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP
FOR HALL COUNTY TEACHERS

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