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Giving Your Best: Georgia Collier-Scott

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By Jennie Montgomery

Time now to recognize our January Giving Your Best award winner, Georgia Collier-Scott. This 95-year old retired teacher lived much of her life before the civil rights movement, and she had to work hard -and pay- to go to school after 8th grade.

She's a crusader for education, establishing a museum at an old McCormick County schoolhouse and awarding a scholarship to a deserving senior.

Miss Collier-Scott says her motto is "Pick your peak."

"Pick your peak.... and climb! I'm saying to the young people, select a career and start climbing."

And Georgia Collier-Scott is backing that challenge with a scholarship associated with her family history museum in McCormick County, SC. Her first recipient was a senior who plans to get her nursing degree.

"I said to this girl, your peak is RN, now start climbing. Now she's in school at USC, studying to be a nurse."

One of 8 children, Miss Collier-Scott put herself through college and became a school teacher for 36 years. She's a widow now, and the sole survivor of her birth family, but she has lots of extended family and a lot of projects to keep her busy. One she's especially committed to is her Annual Dinner for Veterans. She's hosted it for the last 20 years.

 

"I feel that these men and women have scars that we can't see, some inward and outwardly. And yet when they return, they're not the same."

 

Collier-Scott's young cousin, Susan Dawson, nominated her for the GIving Your Best award.

 

"She says, 'because it's the right thing to do,' when people ask why she does the dinner for veterans. So I applaud her -her patrioism- I really do."

Patriotism, life-long learning, and valuing your heritage are just some of the reasons Susan admires and respects her elder cousin so much.

"She's wonderful. I do appreciate everything that she has offered, and everything that she is doing, she's to be commended."

Georgia Collier-Scott... giving her best, always, and making a difference in generations of family and friends.

 

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