Shriners, church provide 'working scholarship'
by W. Winston Skinner
When things seem impossible, sometimes a tree falls.
Last Marvin Bohannon, 19, was making plans to enroll at West Georgia Technical College in Carrollton. He needed some money to fund his schooling, but those prospects looked pretty slim. Then a tree fell, “the light came on” for a friend of Bohannon and members of Moreland United Methodist Church and the Newnan Shrine Club made some things happen.
The Newnan Shrine Club “has a special interest in Marvin's future because he was burned severely as a child and received treatment at the Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio,” Jim Jones related. Bill Sexton of the Newnan Shrine Club recalls having made trips to Cincinnati with Marvin for his care.
“Because of his special relationship with the Shriners, Newnan Shrine Club wanted to help Marvin with some of his educational expenses, but he didn't qualify for an academic scholarship,” Jones said.
Then Jones got a call from George Washington. “A large oak tree” had fallen on Washington’s property, and Washington was hoping Jones “would like to cut it up for firewood,” Jones remembered.
“It took a few days for the light to come on, but then the answer came,” Jones said. With Bohannon providing sweat equity – by helping to cut and sell the wood, he earned a $500 working scholarship.
Jones said the Moreland community, members of Moreland Methodist, members of the Masonic fraternity “and Marvin himself” made the project work.
The project is one in which those involved take pride and satisfaction. “Marvin has now completed almost a year at West Georgia Tech and plans to continue his education Point University,” Jones said.