On January 19, the greatest cheerleader our Association has ever known gained his Heavenly reward. Bob Bagley, “Bro. Bob” to so many of us, was a great advocate of the gospel and of education. His heart was for our people, especially our young people, to continue their education at our Georgia Baptist Colleges. One of the things of which he was so very proud was the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees at Shorter University (his signature appearing on every diploma for some years, including his grandson Collin’s).
With this love of higher education in mind, and my own inclinations to further that cause, Bro. Darey has allowed me to launch the 2021 Rev. Bob Bagley Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded annually to high school seniors who are (1) members of a church in the Conasauga Baptist Association and (2) have been accepted or plan to attend one of our three Georgia Baptist Colleges (Shorter, Truett-McConnel, or Brewton-Parker). Numbers and amount of each scholarship may vary from year to year, based on funding, applicant need, and interest shown. The current plan for funding will be for the money to come from the General Fund of the Association. The application process will be done online (your kids will know all about how to complete a Google Form), and the link is provided at the end of this email. For convenience, we will also post this link to the Associational Website and Facebook pages.
As I shared in my phone call with Ms. Evelyn when I shared this idea with her, I can just almost hear Bro Bob saying “well if my name can help one of our kids get to one of our schools, then I’m for it!” I look forward to honoring Bob’s memory in this way, and indeed helping a student further their education at one of our Georgia Baptist schools.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or Bro Darey.
Pastor, Smyrna Baptist Church