December 9, 2014- Albany, GA- Norman Barber, Human Resources and Safety Manager for American Proteins, Inc., presented Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Tech, with a check for $8,000 for the Foundation's scholarship funds today. This is the ninth year in a row American Proteins has given the donation to the Albany Tech Foundation.

Forsyth County business and civic leader, Tommy Bagwell and his wife, Chantal, established the $500,000 Bagwell Family Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family business locations. The family business, American Proteins, Inc., currently has five locations, including one in Cuthbert, GA. Scholarship recipients are chosen using the following criteria: financial need, proximity to the company's operation sites and the likelihood of their success.

"We want to help as many students as we can to come to college, especially those living in our rural areas," said Dr. Parker. "This scholarship will give students a chance to achieve their educational goals and become successful members of the workforce. For that, we are grateful to American Proteins and the Bagwell family."

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Pictured (left to right): Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College; and Norman Barber,
Human Resources and Safety Manager for American Proteins, Inc.