Longtime education administrators establish scholarship at Savannah Tech Jenkins High School graduates

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Don and Karen Stewart have created a scholarship for Herschel V. Jenkins High School graduates that will attend Savannah Technical College. The Don and Karen Stewart Family Scholarship honors their parents by supporting students who are studying for careers in traditional trades including construction, drafting, air conditioning, electrical construction, welding, and historic preservation. The scholarship will begin with summer semester 2021.

“Privately-funded scholarships make a tremendous difference for our students,” said STC President Dr. Kathy Love. “This scholarship is very special because of Mr. Stewart’s history with our institution. Don and Karen Stewart share a continuing commitment to education that has lasted decades.”

Don was the principal of Jenkins High School 1981-1992. He is a 1961 alumnus of Jenkins and was named into the inaugural class of the Jenkins High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017. He was president of Savannah Technical Institute (now Savannah Technical College) for five years and retired from education in 2000. Karen served as a member (District 3) of the Savannah Chatham County Board of Education from 1987-1992 and as President of the Board from January 1993 – December 1998. 

“We believe in strong academics for all high school students,” said Don. “There are many paths to success and we want to encourage Jenkins graduates to experience technical education as a great option. Students can learn valuable skills for a lifelong career they love, complete an associate degree or transfer to an area university. These things are not exclusive to one another. We both know from personal experience technical education can sustain families with solid income for a lifetime. “

To qualify students must be graduates of Herschel V. Jenkins High School, starting their first semester at Savannah Technical College, have verified financial need and are studying in an eligible Industrial Technology programs.  The Stewart Family Scholarship will provide up to $3,000 per year to offset the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies. Applicants will complete a STC Scholarship Application online prior to the start of their first semester.

More information about applying for scholarships at Savannah Technical College may be found at To make a gift to the Don & Karen Stewart Family Scholarship at Savannah Technical College, visit

STC scholarship funds are managed by the Savannah Technical College Foundation, a 501 (c)3 organization whose sole purpose is to raise private funds to support the mission of Savannah Technical College. Gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.



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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (