Carley Stapleton, a student at East Georgia State College, has been named the recipient of the Rachel Jane Frederick Friendship and Service Award. The Frederick family wanted to remember Rachel Frederick by giving the EGSC Rachel Jane Frederick Friendship and Service Award to someone who is active in the community and someone who spends time helping others.
Carley Stapleton is the 20-year-old daughter of Stoney Stapleton and Heather Hightower. She is a 2017 graduate of Johnson County High School. After Stapleton graduated high school, she enrolled at EGSC and became a Correll Scholar. She plans to graduate from EGSC with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and transfer to a larger university to further her education.
To receive this scholarship, the applicants must be involved in their community. Stapleton has been a volunteer for Johnson County 4-H where she takes kids on weekend trips and to camps when needed. She is also a certified volunteer shotgun coach, a volunteer show pig hauler and has helped out with numerous activities in and around her community.
“It is an honor to receive this scholarship in memory of a strong and beautiful soul like Rachel Frederick who had a servant's heart and dedication to her community," said Stapleton.
The scholarship was created for EGSC students in Rachel Jane Frederick’s memory. Frederick was a 2010 East Laurens High School graduate. She then attended East Georgia State College where she was an ambassador and was crowned Miss East Georgia State College in 2012. Later that year, she represented EGSC in the Miss Georgia Pageant in Columbus, Ga. During her time in the Miss Georgia Organization she was very passionate about her platform. She chose American Red Cross blood donation to promote and educate people on during her year of service. Frederick graduated from East Georgia State College in 2012 and decided to further her education at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in 2014 and was pursuing a Master of Public Health. Frederick passed away in 2018 after an extended illness.
Frederick was always full of life and never met a stranger. Her family wanted to honor her by giving the EGSC Rachel Jane Frederick Friendship and Service Award to someone who is active in the community and someone who spends time helping others.