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For Immediate ReleaseLearning to Serve, Inc. announces its first named scholarship for service honoring the life of Carl Stephen Wright.

Carl Stephen Wright

Carl Stephen Wright

Alpharetta, Georgia – October 15, 2009 – Learning to Serve, Inc. announced today its first named scholarship for service.  The Carl S. Wright Scholarship for Service will be awarded annually to individuals with a spirit of service that mirrors that of it’s namesake.

Learning to Serve founder Mandy Hudson recalls, “Carl was the first person to teach me what true humanitarianism was all about.  His spirit of giving and his need to help those less fortunate was obvious from a very early age.”  She adds, “Carl’s time on this earth was brief, but his impact on humanity was immeasurable.  His passion for helping the underdog was a driving part of his life as long as I knew him.”

Carl S. Wright passed away in 2005 at the tender young age of 27.  He has been described as “part Rambo, part Jeremiah Johnson, part James Dean, all rolled into one. A truly beautiful man, who loved sports and the outdoors.”  Learning to Serve hopes to honor Carl’s memory by identifying children that follow in his footsteps and strive to lift the spirit of those less fortunate.

For more information on how to contribute to or apply for the Carl S. Wright Scholarship for Service please contact:

Learning to Serve, Inc.
12460 Crabapple Road, Suite 127
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
1.877.335.8471
www.learningtoserve.org

Learning to Serve, Inc. is a qualified Georgia Student Scholarship Organization (SSO).  Georgia taxpayers are eligible to receive a state income tax credit for contributions to SSOs.  Credits are limited to $2,500 per household and 75% of a corporation’s state income tax liability. Applications for the credit are accepted through November 1 of each year and are approved on a first come – first serve basis until the $50 million state cap is met.

Scholarships are awarded to students who are enrolled in a Georgia secondary or primary public school or who are eligible to enroll in a kindergarten or pre-kindergarten program.

For more information on Carl Stephen Wright, visit www.cswmemorialfund.org.

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For Immediate Release – On September 10, 2009, Learning to Serve, Inc. became the newest Georgia Student Scholarship Organization approved by the Georgia Department of Education.  This approval was the final step necessary for the organization to begin soliciting contributions from Georgia taxpayers in order to provide deserving children with school choice.

Alpharetta, Georgia – September 15, 2009 – Learning to Serve, Inc. is pleased to announce its recent approval as a qualified Georgia Student Scholarship Organization (SSO).  The process to create the SSO began in January 2009, nearly one year after Governor Sonny Perdue signed legislation allowing the tax credit scholarship program.

“We are so excited to finally be able to begin spreading the word about our organization,” said Mandy Hudson, founder of Learning to Serve.  “This incredible opportunity opens doors for so many deserving children who otherwise may not have the choice to attend a school that will provide them with the best possible learning environment for their needs.”

Learning to Serve will provide children an opportunity to earn scholarships to attend the private school of their choice. Scholarships will be awarded based on involvement in the community, rather than on financial need  “Many times children view their education as a right, rather than a privilege.  Our desire is to involve children in the process of earning a quality education so that they are stakeholders in their success from the beginning.” said Mrs. Hudson.  She adds, “Children will live up to the expectations we set for them.  If we encourage them to be good citizens and give back to their communities, they will achieve more than we can ever imagine.”

For more information on how to contribute or obtain scholarships, please contact:

Learning to Serve
12460 Crabapple Road
Suite 127
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
877.335.8471

www.learningtoserve.org

How the Tax Credit Works:

In 2008, the Georgia General Assembly passed and Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law, HB 1133, legislation that permits Georgia taxpayers to receive a state income tax credit for amounts contributed to qualified student scholarship organizations (“SSOs”).  The scholarships are awarded to students who are enrolled in a Georgia secondary or primary public school or who are eligible to enroll in a kindergarten or pre-kindergarten program.

Credits are limited to $2,500 per household and 75% of a corporation’s state income tax liability. Applications for the credit are accepted through November 1 of each year and are approved on a first come – first serve basis until the $50 million state cap is met.  To re-direct a portion of your tax dollars and provide a deserving child with a choice for education, visit www.learningtoserve.org/donate.