The University of West Georgia recently established the Evelyn Taylor Greer Memorial Scholarship, created by Dr. Pam Tucker in memory of her mother to recognize and reward outstanding students in business education.
Evelyn Taylor Greer had a passion for education that she shared with countless others throughout her life. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in elementary education, Greer worked in Hawaii for a year teaching first through third grade.
Tucker said that her mother was very adventurous for her time, by deciding to travel to and spread the gift of education.
“Her whole life was about bettering oneself through education,” said Tucker.
Greer loved to read and was fond of spreading the gift of words to others. Tucker remembered that when she was a child, her mother went over words with her on a chalkboard in their family kitchen. Over her lifetime, Greer worked with many children, encouraging them to learn to love reading.
“She thought education really gave people a ‘ladder up’ in life,” said Tucker. “She was always big into education and always wanted us to get [one].”
Greer also spent almost four years teaching in the Indiana school system as an elementary schoolteacher. She had a firm belief that everyone capable of college level work should get a college education regardless of personal financial situations.
“This scholarship is a perfect expression of who she was a person,” said Tucker. “She really did believe strongly that education could change people’s lives.”
The memorial scholarship will be awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in business education at UWG. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need.
For more information on this scholarship, call 678-839-6582.