Thursday, April 5, 2012

Jay Chapman Memorial Scholarship Created at UWG

The University of West Georgia Foundation announces the creation of the Jay Chapman Memorial Scholarship by the Chapman family and friends to support students who are majoring in education.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to one male and one female education major. The recipients must have an overall grade-point-average of 3.0 or better, and preference will be given to students who have participated in intramural sports.

“Thanks to the advice and assistance offered by UWG, Jay’s family and friends can start helping students and honoring his memory now instead of years down the road,” said Joe Chapman, Jay’s brother.

“I can’t think of a better way to honor Jay’s memory than by using this scholarship to change students’ lives,” said Dr. Kim Metcalf, dean of the College of Education.

James “Jay” Chapman was born on May 3, 1981. After graduating from Fayette County High School, he enrolled at the University of West Georgia and majored in history education. He was also very involved in student activities and Greek life. He was selected to receive the Intramural Athlete of the Year Award three times, an honor that is now called the Jay Chapman Intramural Athlete of the Year.

After graduation, Jay taught at South Cobb High School, where he also coached basketball, baseball and softball. He constantly shared about how much he enjoyed teaching and coaching his students. Chapman died in a car accident on May 22, 2009.

“This scholarship is a great way to keep Jay’s memory alive,” said Joel Chapman, another of Jay’s brothers. “Now a student who wouldn’t have known anything about Jay will get some help with their education, as well as a chance to learn about the kind of guy he was.”

For more information on the Jay Chapman Memorial Scholarship, including how to contribute to it, contact UWG’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 678-839-6582.

From left: Denny Newberry, friend of the Chapman family; Dr. Kim Metcalf, dean of UWG’s College of Education; Joel Chapman, Jay’s youngest brother; Dr. Janet Chapman, Jay’s mother; Joseph Chapman, Jay’s father; Kristen Chapman, Jay’s sister-in-law; and Joe Chapman, Jay’s brother.

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