Each year, the Armuchee Ruritan Club awards scholarships to graduating seniors of Armuchee High School who plan to attend college. The number of scholarships and the dollar amounts are set annually based on the success of our fundraising efforts. Currently, we are awarding three scholarships totaling $1500 each. Applications are available from the guidance counselor at Armuchee High School.
Ruritan National Foundation Build Your Dollars Scholarship
In 1968, the Ruritan National Foundation was established as a separate non-profit association managed by trustees. The Build Your Dollars Educational grant program is one of the major grant programs of the Foundation. This program allows Ruritan clubs to deposit $300 to the Foundation and receive an equal share of the net income the Foundation earns the next year. The amount of the grant received by the club is based on the number of clubs that participate and the income available for distribution. The grant received by the club will always exceed the amount deposited. The Armuchee Ruritan Club also supplements the award based on the success of our fund raising projects throughout the year. The current total awarded is $1500. Using criteria established by the Armuchee Ruritan Club, a student may receive a grant based on such factors as the students’ financial need, community service, or academic achievement.
Freeman Shelnutt Memorial Scholarship
A native of Troup County, Georgia, Freeman Shelnutt was a graduate of Berry College. Following graduation, Shelnutt taught at the Georgia School for the Deaf at Cave Spring for six years. For the next twenty-six years, he taught Language Arts at Armuchee High School, retiring in 1986. At the time of his death, Shelnutt was serving as President of the Armuchee Ruritan Club. The Freeman Shelnutt Memorial Scholarship was created in Mr. Shelnutt’s memory and is awarded annually to a graduating senior at Armuchee High School who has plans to pursue an undergraduate education at the college or university of their choice. Using criteria established by the club, a student may receive a grant based on the students’ financial need, community service, or academic achievement. The amount of the award is based on the success of the club’s fundraising activities and is currently set at $1500.
Justin W. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honors the memory of Justin, a 2000 graduate of Armuchee High School, who was killed on April 10, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq. Justin was assigned to the United States Army’s 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Originally created in 2005 by the Armuchee-Glenwood Education Foundation, the scholarship was taken over by the Armuchee Ruritan Club in 2015 and is awarded annually to a graduating senior of Armuchee High School to pursue an undergraduate education at the college or university of their choice. First preference is given to students who have had a member of their immediate family killed or seriously injured while serving in the United States Armed Forces or as a volunteer or paid member of a Public Safety agency. If there are no students who qualify based on the above circumstances, the Scholarship Committee will use criteria based on the applicant’s significant volunteer efforts in one or more community service projects, followed by financial need or academic achievement.