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Rick Munroe (right), Vice President for Advancement at Thomas University, presents the Grady County Scholarship to Mallory Flowers, a second-year graduate student in TU’s Master of Business Administration degree programs. Funds for the scholarship are raised through the Casino Night event held in Cairo.


Grady County event funds scholarship for TU students

Mallory Flowers, a 2008 graduate of Cairo High School, recently received the 2013 Grady County Scholarship at Thomas University. She is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Business Administration degree program.

The Thomas University Grady County Scholarship funds were raised through the Casino Night event hosted by Thomas University and the Grady County Casino Night Scholarship Committee. The committee consists of Kevin Cauley, Charles Davis, Dot Moses-James, Linda Drew Johnson, Lequita LeGette, Beth Wight and Randy Wind.

The first event – the Speakeasy Casino Night – was held Aug. 25, 2012, at the Grady Cultural Center in Cairo. It featured a ’20s speakeasy theme, and attendees were encouraged to dress in period costume. This year’s event will feature a Wild West theme and will be held Oct. 19.

Flowers currently works with the Grady County School System as the Administrative Assistant for the School Nutrition Program. After earning the MBA at Thomas University, Flowers plans to further her education at the University of Georgia. She hopes to one day become a School Nutrition Director.

“I have a sense of pride and honor knowing that people in my home county want to help support Grady County students with a scholarship at TU,” she said.

Flowers said she’s thankful for the scholarship and that it will help her achieve her educational goals by assisting with the cost of tuition and books.

“Helping students achieve their goals in higher education is what Thomas University is about,” said Rick Munroe, Vice President for Advancement. “It’s encouraging to us at TU when a group of people join together to raise money for students from their area. The group from Grady County shows what can be accomplished when working together for a common cause. Their efforts will benefit students for years to come.”

Thomas University has a total of 601 alumni from Grady County. In the Fall of 2012, there were 63 students from Grady County enrolled at TU. Many of them were high school students attending TU as part of a dual enrollment program. The most popular major among Grady County students was business followed by nursing, biology and rehabilitation counseling.

For more information or to reserve tickets for this year’s Wild Wild West Saloon and Gambling Room, call (229) 227-6903 or visit




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