Jalen Bryant was recently honored as the first recipient of the Anthony Bateman #4theBaTe Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Coach Anthony Bateman, a long time staff member at Tift County High School and coach of multiple sports, who passed away last August. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding senior for their athletic and academic performance throughout their high school career.
Bryant was selected by Mrs. Freda Bateman and members of the Spurlin family and was presented the scholarship in a private ceremony. Attendees included Monique Bryant, Freda Bateman, Pat Bateman, Coach Ivey Vickers, and many members of the Spurlin family. He was selected for his remarkable academic achievements as well as his participation multiple sports including Basketball, Football, and Soccer. Bryant will attend Georgia Southern University in the fall and plans to major in Computer Science. “I am excited about attending college and I will be forever thankful for receiving your thoughtful gift. Because of your scholarship, I will be able to pursue my dreams of becoming a top-notch Chief Information Officer at a major corporation.” said Bryant after receiving his scholarship.
The scholarship was funded by members of the Tift County community through sales of #4theBaTe t-shirts. Brooke Spurlin, a Tift County High School student, designed the logo for this shirt and organized the sale that raised over $4,000.00. Initial funds will provide scholarships over the next three years, one scholarship for every grade that was being coached at the time of Coach Bateman’s death. Applications for this scholarship are sent out in January by the guidance department of Tift County High School and recipients are chosen based on an essay, grade point average and participation in athletics at the school. Donations can be made to the scholarship fund at Ameris Bank or by mailing a check to #4theBaTe P.O. Box 7566 Tifton, GA 31793. T-shirts are also still available for order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.