Business and community leaders Anthony and Donna Phillips sponsored a luncheon last week at Savannah Quarters to provide information on how you can contribute to Arete Scholarship Fund. Anthony and Donna Phillips are the guardians of Clarethia Ingram, an Arete Scholarship recipient. Anthony Phillips is the Chairman of the Board at Ramah Junior Academy and his wife, Donna is a practicing dentist with offices in Savannah and Hinesville. Clarethia’s story is one that demonstrates the success of the Arete scholarship and how it works. She is a graduate of Albany State University with a degree in Political Science and has gone on to work on her Masters degree. Clarethia says, “She wants to work with juveniles because many of her friends growing up were subject to the same heartaches she had experienced”.
Derek Monjure, President, Arete Scholars Fund along with Buck Alford, Director of Communications were the featured speakers at the luncheon. They described how their organization can turn tax credits, rebates and donations into scholarships and new opportunities for our youth across the nation.
Through the Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship Program, Arete scholars is expanding access to great schools and transforming the lives of kids in need. Every $100,000 tax credit donation funds 25 students for an entire school year. A corporation can redirect 75% of its state tax liability to K-12 education. The Georgia Tax Credit scholarship program allows donors to receive dollar-for-dollar credits for approved contributions to Arete scholars. In turn Arete awards needed based K-12 scholarships to Georgia children.
The purpose of the luncheon was also to help create a team of supporters who will join forces to help fund the Arete scholarship program. Ramah Junior Academy Board Chairman, Anthony Phillips is charged with generating finances for the school which has been in our community since 1914. The scholarships are not only accepted at Ramah Junior Academy, but to all private schools throughout the Coastal Empire.
At the luncheon, The Savannah Tribune pledged in-kind publicity through the scholarship campaign. The Phillips made a $5000 pledge with their personal donation and the law firm of Boyd and Jenerette, P. C. stepped up to have a firm member, Josh Dominy to serve on the Board of the supporters as well as make a contribution to Ramah Junior Academy. J. Patrick Connell, Josh Dominy and Jay Thaw are all partners with the law firm.
Several other attendees including Earline Davis, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Savannah made donations to Ramah Junior Academy as well as considering Georgia Tax Credits. To find out how you can participate contact: Paula Blackwell at the school firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912.233.3101.