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Coleman named recipient of TU Grady County Scholarship

Paul ColemanWhen guests gather for Thomas University’s Gatsby Casino Night on Saturday, Aug. 16, they’ll party for a good cause – scholarships for TU students.

Proceeds from the annual Casino Night fundraiser go toward the Grady County Scholarship at TU. Paul Coleman, a 19-year-old sophomore Middle Grades Education major, is one of the recipients for the 2014-15 academic year.  He was pleasantly surprised when told that he was a scholarship recipient.

“I was very shocked,” Coleman said. “I didn’t know that living in Cairo could actually help me receive a scholarship.”

While he receives financial aid through the HOPE scholarship and the Pell Grant, Coleman said that there’s always a balance that he has to pay out of pocket. Thanks to the Grady County Scholarship, this year that balance was covered.

“It really helped me out,” he said.

Coleman, a 2013 honor graduate of Cairo High School, first heard about Thomas University from his mother who earned a master’s degree in education from TU in 2002. Now he’s following in her footsteps with his plans to become a teacher. In addition to the Middle Grades Education major, Coleman has concentrations in mathematics and science.

“I just love being around school and being in the school environment,” he said. “I really wanted to stay close to home, so I chose TU. TU is in a great location with great facilities. It’s just a nice private college where you can go without the big classes. You work one-on-one with professors and have that personal connection.”

Since the first Casino Night fundraiser in 2012, the Grady County Scholarship Committee has raised $42,552 and awarded scholarships to 10 students from Grady County.

For more information about the Gatsby Casino Night on Saturday or to purchase tickets, call (229) 227-6903 or visit

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