5.19 Georgia Aquarium Awards Scholarships to 10 Washington High School Students, Thursday

Office of Communications and Public Engagement
130 Trinity Avenue SW | Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Ian Smith, Executive Director
404-802-2855, office
404-603-6934, cell

Seth Coleman, Media Relations Manager
404-802-2891, office
404-406-5570, cell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     

May 19, 2021


Georgia Aquarium Awards Scholarships to
10 Washington High School Students, Thursday

ATLANTA –  Georgia Aquarium will launch a 10-year commitment to students at Washington High School, as part of their ongoing commitment following an Invest Atlanta grant. Ten graduating seniors will be awarded Georgia Aquarium College Scholarships, Thursday evening (6 p.m.) at the Georgia Aquarium.

The scholarships, worth $1,000 each, are for students who plan to major in a science-, marine- and/or aquatic-related field. The commitment through the Class of 2030 by the Georgia Aquarium will help spur interest in the school’s new aquaculture academic pathway, which will be fully implemented by 2024.

The inaugural scholarship winners (and their prospective colleges) are:

Kyunie Cain (Spelman College), Simaya Cain (Spelman College), Christina Dunlap (Tuskegee University), Oumy Gueye (Oxford College – Emory), Talieah Minter-Smith (Valdosta State), Kayja Radcliff (University of Georgia), Robyn Redmond (University of Miami), Brenda Thornton (University of Georgia), Morgan Turner (Undecided), Ronnie West (Clark Atlanta University).

WHAT:          Inaugural presentation of Georgia Aquarium College Scholarships                                      to Washington High School students.

WHO:            Dr. Angela Coaxum-Young, Principal, Washington High School                                           Scholarship winners

                        Paige Hale, Senior Manager, Communications, Georgia Aquarium

                        Hannah Hardwick, Public Relations Coordinator, Georgia Aquarium


WHEN:         Thursday, May 20 | 6 PM


WHERE:       Georgia Aquarium, Indian Ballroom (Oceans Ballroom Entrance)

                        225 Baker Street, NW


NOTE:           Media wishing to attend, please RSVP to Seth Coleman (seth.coleman@atlanta.k12.ga.us) and media@georgiaaquarium.org with names of media attending and outlet. You will be placed on the security sign-in list.

Media Entry Instructions:

  • Park anywhere in the Aquarium’s attached parking garage (media parking will be validated; GPS directions: 357 Luckie Street)
  • Follow signs to the Oceans Ballroom entrance located on the 1st floor of the parking deck
  • Check in with lobby security and pass a security checkpoint:
    • Metal detector, temperature scan, and bag check
    • Masks are required at the Aquarium, please make sure to wear properly during your visit
    • Georgia Aquarium or Atlanta Public Schools public relations will escort you into the event



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