Education Can Change the World for Christ

Since 1982 over 2000 college-bound students from Pickens and Dawson counties have counted on Big Canoe Chapel for monetary support. Any Pickens or Dawson home schooled or accredited high school graduate may apply. Learn more here.

Big Canoe Chapel Invests in Country’s Youth

What can a Big Canoe Chapel scholarship mean to a graduating high school senior? Ask Jennifer Mullinax, MD. Dr. Mullinax grew up in Jasper where she attended Pickens County public schools from grades K-12. Her Big Canoe Chapel scholarship helped launch her to the University of Georgia, then on to the Medical College of Georgia. She then spent three years of pediatric residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, and another three years of subspeciality training in pediatric hematology/oncology in New Orleans. She is now a general pediatrician at Charles Henderson Child Health Center in Troy, Alabama. To this day she says, “I am so grateful for the Big Canoe Scholarship in helping me get a start on fulfilling my dreams of going to college and becoming a doctor.”

Dr. Mullinax is not alone. On Sunday, May 2, forty-nine Pickens and Dawson county graduating seniors joined Dr. Mullinax and over 2400 other students who have been awarded Big Canoe Chapel scholarships totaling over $2.7 million since 1982. Recipients have chosen schools from Harvard to Georgia Tech, UGA to John Hopkins and hundreds of others, large and small.

Included in the general grants were awards from The Joe Dodd Memorial Scholarship, established in 2018, and received by Molly Muenchen of Dawson High School and Sam Stout from Pickens High. Both students will play college level sports in soccer and football at Valdosta State and Reinhardt University, respectively.

The Sally Shannon Memorial Scholarship, established in 2020 by her brother, are given to two well-rounded students who display a high degree of proficiency in math and who plan to focus on math or a math related field. This year’s awards were given to Magnus Hodgson of Dawson High School and Brett Menard of Pickens High.

The iPhone/iPad scholarships were established in 2016 and are awarded to Dawson and Pickens County seniors who are planning to major in some field of computer science. The recipients this year were Caleb Roberson from Dawson High School and Sadie Phillips from Pickens High.

Reverend Len Walker presided at the awards event with an inspirational message, and music was provided by Piper Duncan, a student from Pickens High School.

Dr. Mullinax had one other reminder she passed along to this year’s students. “Follow the Lord with all your heart.” And, Big Canoe Chapel says, “Amen.”


Any student may apply who:

  1. is a resident of Pickens or Dawson County
  2. is graduating from an accredited high school or homeschool program
  3. wishes to further his/her education as a full-time student in a college or university (technical colleges not eligible)

TO BE CONSIDERED for a Big Canoe Scholarship, students must do the following:

  1. Complete a Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship Application. (Download pdf or Word file.) Application must be typed.
  2. Provide the Scholarship Committee with an official transcript of high school grades. Applicants must be HOPE qualified, with a 3.25 GPA in core courses, and have a combination of 3 AP/Dual Enrollment Credits.
  3. Provide two written personal references: one from the school, such as a teacher, counselor, or administrator; and one from an adult outside the school or family.
  4. Complete the Senior Profile. (Download pdf or Word file.) A school counselor will provide the necessary information to secure and complete the form. The completed form must be type-written. Please be as specific as possible in responding to the questions.
  5. Provide a letter of acceptance from a college or university of choice.
  6. Set up an appointment for an interview. School counselors will assist with scheduling the student interviews, which will be conducted by a member of the Big Canoe Chapel Scholarship Committee. Interview at the public high school in your home county, even if you do not attend that school.

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