Vidalia Onion Business Council awards Courtney Wilkes Scholarship to Karli Williams Williams
Friday, June 7, 2019
Posted by: Mary Kendall Dixon
The Vidalia Onion Business Council, VOBC, awards Karli Williams as the 2019 recipient of the Courtney Wilkes Ag and Vet Scholarship. Williams is a 2019 graduate from Jeff Davis High School. She plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in the fall of 2019 on an athletic scholarship and to later attend the University of Georgia and study veterinary medicine and science.
“My aspiration in veterinary medicine is to become a highly recommended large and small animal Veterinarian,” said Williams. “Although I believe that living in a metropolitan area would be tremendously beneficial in certain ways, I want to remain in a smaller area so that I work closely with the school systems and their FFA programs in order to educate youth and children not only on the career of veterinary medicine but also on the opportunities that come along by being involved in local agriculture.”
The scholarship is in its 8th year and is available to graduating seniors in the Vidalia onion region who plan to pursue a career in the agriculture or veterinary industry. The program was created in honor of Courtney Wilkes, a Lyons, Georgia native whose life was taken in June 2011. Today, supporters of Courtney Wilkes and her family have donated enough to award at least one $1,000 scholarship to students every year, for several years.
As a scholarship recipient from the VOBC, Williams is expected to serve as an ambassador for the Vidalia Onion industry.
The Vidalia® Onion Business Council is a non-profit organization with the purpose of protecting the growing, harvesting and marketing of the Vidalia Onions. For more information about the VOBC or the Courtney Wilkes Ag & Vet Scholarship, you may call Bob Stafford, at 912-537-1881.