A South Forsyth High School graduate’s generosity has earned him recognition through a new scholarship.
After learning about the inaugural Nicole Marie Garrish Memorial Scholarship, Wes Brown wrote in the essay portion of his application about a friend who suffers from cystic fibrosis.
Anna Garrish said his essay “won my heart over.”
“It brought me to tears because it was really touching, and I was glad when it came back and was in the top three,” said Garrish, whose husband John coached Brown in lacrosse at South.
Garrish established the scholarship after her 22-year-old daughter died last year as a result of an aortic aneurism.
In addition to the $500 for college, the scholarship also comes with $100 in funds the recipient can donate to a charity of his or her choice.
“We were looking for some way to give back,” she said. “I tried to be a little bit creative ... because Nicole was a cheerleader. She was this very outgoing, very popular girl.”
Part of the application process was a short essay on how the student would spend an additional $100 to a charity of their choice.
For Brown, that $100 was reserved for the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis. In addition to the money provided by the scholarship, Brown raised even more through the walk.
“He brought some of his friends so they could raise additional money,” Garrish said. He just really, really touched me. [He’s a] great kid.”