ATHENS, Ga. — American Pest Control, a family-owned and operated pest management company, introduced the Gene Higginbotham Memorial Scholarship in May 2016. Gene Higginbotham founded American Pest Control in 1971. He valued family, education, and community as top priorities for his company. Higginbotham passed away on August 30, 2015, and the scholarship was created in his honor by family and employees to continue his legacy. For American Pest Control’s 45th anniversary year, the scholarship was awarded to children of American Pest Control employees who graduated in May 2016. This spring, for the second year, the scholarship was offered to all local students!
Throughout Georgia and South Carolina, 17 total scholarships were awarded this year. Recipients included:
• Abby Mnatzaganian, graduate of Oglethorpe High School
• Claire Vogel, graduate of North Oconee High School
• Molly Nunn, graduate of North Oconee High School
• Clarence Butler, graduate of Oconee County High School
• Tyler Ashley, graduate of Monroe Area High School
• Trevor Thomas, graduate of Banks County High School
• Zaharia Selman, graduate of Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
• Anderson Byrd, graduate of Social Circle High School
• Madison Congdon, graduate of Hart County High School
• Dawson Hays, graduate of Palmetto High School
• Hannah Watkins, graduate of Stephens County High School
• Sara Perry, graduate of Towns County High School
• Elijah Ramsey, graduate of Lake Oconee Academy
• Taylor Shuman, graduate of Nathanael Greene Academy
• Colton Bearse, graduate of Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School
Two relatives of American Pest Control employees were also awarded scholarships this year: technician Jeff Kitzmiller’s daughter, Katelynn Kitzmiller, graduate of Oglethorpe County High School and operations manager David Butler’s nephew, Clarence Butler, graduate of Oconee County High School.
All the recipients boasted academic, athletic, or community service-oriented accomplishments throughout their high school careers and reflected the values held by the Higginbotham family. American Pest Control will continue to offer this scholarship to high school seniors throughout their wide service area across Northeast Georgia and parts of South Carolina. The family owned and operated business looks forward to continuing support of local communities and education.