American Pest Control awards 23 scholarships


August 30, 2019

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From left are Laurie Higginbotham, CEO of American Pest Control, and Alexa Hill. PHOTO: AMERICAN PEST CONTROL

American Pest Control, a family-owned and -operated pest management company, awarded 23 scholarships in the total amount of $28,000 this year throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

The company introduced the Gene Higginbotham Memorial Scholarship in May 2016. Gene Higginbotham founded American Pest Control in 1971. He valued family, education and community as top priorities for his company. Higginbotham passed away on Aug. 30, 2015, and the scholarship was created in his honor by family and employees to continue his legacy.

“It is an incredible privilege to play a role in sending students on their new journey while honoring the memory of my father and all the values he cherished,” says Laurie Higginbotham, CEO of American Pest Control. Since its inception, American Pest Control has awarded $93,000 in scholarship funds to 66 students across northeast Georgia. This spring, for the third year, the scholarship was offered to all local students.

All the recipients boasted academic, athletic or community service-oriented accomplishments throughout their high school careers and reflected the values held by the Higginbotham family. American Pest Control will continue to offer this scholarship to high school seniors across northeast Georgia and parts of South Carolina.

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From left are Erynn Culbreath and John Miller, director of sales and service for American Pest Control. PHOTO: AMERICAN PEST CONTROL

Recipients included:

  • Zora Duncan — Rockdale County High School
  • Gator Wallace — Landmark Christian School
  • Nolberto Chastain — Habersham Central High School
  • Emma Whitfield — Stephens County High School
  • Morgan Beasley — Hart County High School
  • Garrett Anderson — Elbert County High School
  • Erynn Culbreath — Cedar Shoals High School
  • Carson Allen — North Oconee High School
  • Jacob Kitzmiller — Oglethorpe County High School
  • Madisyn Temple — Madison County High School
  • Gracen Ricketts — Prince Avenue Christian School
  • Alexa Hill — Athens Academy
  • Anna Paschall — Oconee County High School
  • Rylan Laird — North Oconee High School
  • Victoria Clendenning — R.W. Johnson High School
  • Megan Harris — Loganville Christian Academy
  • Jaycie Bowen — Banks County High School
  • Morgan McCall — Jackson County Comprehensive High School
  • McCall Chambers — White County High School
  • Kasin Old — Rabun County High School
  • Kelsi Schell — Putnam County High School
  • William McCommons Jr. — Nathaniel Greene Academy
  • Ramiro Ferreyra — Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School


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Ellen Kriz

Ellen Kriz is the managing editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 216-706-3764.

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