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Honor for late judge
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Forsyth County News

Applications, eligibility information and instructions for applying are available on the North Georgia Community Foundation’s Web site,
The memory of a late Forsyth County Superior Court judge will be honored through a new scholarship fund.

The North Georgia Community Foundation announced Friday that it’s accepting applications for the Judge Richard S. (Stan) Gault Education Scholarship.

The community foundation is a managing agency for various charitable grants throughout the area.

Stan Gault’s widow and former Superintendent of Forsyth County Schools, Paula Gault, said the annual $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a non-traditional student whose primary residence is Forsyth County.

“It’s really for anyone, but we’re not really looking at a student who’s just graduated from high school,” she said. “We’re looking at someone who’s maybe been out [of high school] a year or two or so, someone who has some college and wants to go back, or maybe someone who didn’t graduate from one of our traditional high schools.”

The scholarship is open to those pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 1.

Paula Gault said the scholarship is appropriate since the late judge himself was a non-traditional student.

She said after graduating from Marietta High School, he worked and took a few courses through an extension of the University of Georgia before getting an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy on his third attempt.

“So he was 22 when he entered the Air Force Academy and 26 when he graduated,” she said.

Paula Gault and a committee of four others will select the scholarship recipient, whom she said they hope to name in late October “since Stan would have been 70 on Oct. 27.”

Gault said her late husband, who died in July 2003, would be pleased to have a scholarship established in his honor.

“Stan always said money spent on education is money not spent on incarcerations or prisons,” she said. “He always encouraged all of [his family] to continue our educations and always keep learning.”