Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Park Springs Community Foundation Awards Scholarships

Park Springs, a retirement community in Stone Mountain, in conjunction with Isakson and Barnhart, the developer and owners of the community, established a tax-exempt foundation for the purpose of awarding scholarships for higher education of its employees and eventually its residents. Six deserving employees have been awarded the first scholarships, and have begun their educational pursuits.

The recipients are as varied as their career goals. Magdala Ajax and Mellon O. Turner are both attending Georgia Perimeter College in the field of nursing. Dorian Campbell is going to Luther Rice University for a degree in counseling; Simone K. Gibson is also attending Georgia Perimeter College, but will pursue a degree in law enforcement. Abdinasir Ismail is going to DeKalb Technical College for a certification in HVAC maintenance, and Dwayne Smith is attending Georgia State University in pursuit of a degree in accounting.

“We feel that it was vital for us to set up this foundation. We have a large number of dedicated people that work here at Park Springs that simply lack the means to continue their education,” said Dr. Julia Gary, retired Dean of Agnes Scott College, member of Park Springs and volunteer chair of the scholarship program. “We are very impressed with the excellent staff we have, and we hope that this will help these highly motivated individuals in their pursuit of higher education. We are proud to offer this as a benefit of employment at Park Springs in order to attract and retain such good people.”

In order to be eligible for consideration for these scholarships these applicants had to be established employees at Park Springs, file an application for the award, complete a standard financial aid form, be admitted to a college or technical school, have the recommendation of their supervisor and go before a selection committee for an interview.

A number of the first scholarship recipients hope to qualify for better career opportunities at Park Springs. While some of them may move on to different careers elsewhere, the residents and owners of Park Springs are extremely pleased and proud to play an integral role in the life improvement plans for enterprising employees that work to make life more enjoyable at this retirement community.

The Southeast's premier CCRC, Park Springs enhances life for active seniors by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities and on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. The Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders named Park Springs a Platinum winner. Park Springs is developed by Isakson-Barnhart. For more information on Park Springs, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit www.parkspringscommunities.com.

Isakson Barnhart is Georgia’s developer of award-winning residential communities for those ages 62 and better. Partner E. Andrew (Andy) Isakson first founded the company in 1982 and partnered with David Barnhart in 1987. The company has established itself as one of the most respected in Atlanta’s competitive commercial real estate market. The company’s vision to provide amenity-rich, independent living for discerning adults was born out of the personal experiences of the family of Ed and Julia Isakson after their difficult search for a community that would provide their parents with an active lifestyle combined with on-site health care.

This mission manifested itself in Park Springs™, the company’s flagship property in Stone Mountain, Ga. Park Springs™ is nationally recognized by the 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders as the recipient of the 2005 Platinum Award in the CCRC Overall Community category for large CCRCs (200 or more units), as well as the Gold Award for Interior Design. In 2006, the same group awarded Peachtree Hills Place the Silver Award for CCRC On the Boards – Large, rating the Buckhead community above all other entrants.
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