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Scholarship honors memory of Fred W. Hodges

Students graduating from Bulloch County high schools who plan to attend Georgia Southern University will benefit from a new scholarship created to honor the late Fred W. Hodges. The new scholarship at Georgia Southern will be awarded to outstanding new freshmen from any accredited Bulloch County school, and will be renewable for four years as long as the student remains enrolled as an undergraduate.

‘Fred’s parents and grandparents believed strongly in education,” said his widow, Betty Hodges. ‘He also believed in education, so a scholarship is a wonderful way to honor his memory. Although he eventually earned his degree from the University of Georgia, he earned many of his college credits right here at Georgia Southern.”

Hodges, a Bulloch County native, died in Oct. 2006. He had been active in the communications industry for more than 30 years with Bulloch Telephone Cooperative and Planters Telephone Cooperative, where he was manager.

‘Mr. Hodges was a wonderful co-worker,” said Cecile Bolineau, who served as his assistant at Bulloch Telephone. ‘He offered encouragement and respect to everyone, especially in the area of education. He was a true southern gentleman. His colleagues at Bulloch Telephone are pleased that a scholarship has been created in his honor.”

Hodges operated a farm on land just outside of Statesboro that belonged to his family for more than 200 years. As a lifelong resident, he enjoyed Bulloch County and its history. He was an active member of the First Methodist Church and served a variety of civic organizations including the Jaycees and the Humane Society.

Fred and Betty Hodges met shortly after completing high school. They were married for 57 years and raised a daughter and two sons. During his lifetime, Hodges was instrumental in creating two other scholarships at Georgia Southern University. The third is named the Fred W. Hodges, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

More information about scholarships for freshman students is available on the Georgia Southern Web site at

http://admissions.georgiasouthern.edu/scholarship_criteria.htm.

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