Two Dawson County High School graduates, Nate Umberger and Jake Williams, recently received scholarships from the David Bruce Wood Jr. Memorial Fund to recognize their accomplishments in the wrestling program at DCHS.
The David Bruce Wood Jr. Memorial Fund was established in 2014 after Wood died in an accidental drowning on Lake Lanier at 20 years old.
Wood was an avid wrestler and athlete in Dawson County, and the fund allows for his family and others to keep his memory alive by helping other local wrestlers with their college education.
The scholarship is based on both athletic performance and academic performance, as well as potential financial need. A one-time payment of $500 is made directly to the school where the scholarship recipients attend.
The Wood family has given scholarships to DCHS wrestlers every year since 2014 and will continue to offer the scholarship in the future, according to Wood’s mother, Ethelyn Geiger.
During the DCHS Senior Honors Night May 10, Umberger and Williams received the scholarships for their involvement in the wrestling program and their academic performance.