Scott Barton Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by the Barton family in memory of Scott David Barton, eldest son of Terry and Marilyn Barton, and big brother to Brett Barton and Rachel Barton. Scott was killed in an automobile accident on July 14, 1995, just after graduating from Marietta High School. Scott was a National Merit Scholar, had been accepted into the Honors Program at the University of Georgia, and was the recipient of the Terry School of Business scholarship.
The Scott Barton scholarship is awarded to students at Marietta High School or members of the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta’s Youth Group. These two groups meant a great deal to Scott. Attending MHS for only the last two years of high school after returning from a two-year stay in Belgium, he was delighted to be part of a “real American high school” and was happy to be readily accepted by students and teachers there. His membership in the Youth Group at First Presbyterian was especially meaningful to him, and participation in the mission trips strengthened his faith and made him aware of the need to help others in this world.
The Scott Barton scholarship was established to assist in the college education of a student, who, like Scott, is a gifted student who values church and community commitments. Recipients are selected on the basis of their essay, a GPA of at least 3.0, church and volunteer activities, good moral character, a variety of interests, and a high SAT or ACT score. Recipients currently receive a scholarship of $2,500 per year, renewable for three more years if the recipient continues to meet the requirements, for a total of $10,000 per recipient.
The scholarship recipient is chosen by a committee made up of Scott’s parents and representatives of Marietta High School, FPC, and the Marietta Schools Foundation. The Barton family is grateful to the Marietta Schools Foundation for setting up this scholarship and managing the funds. This memorial scholarship has been awarded each year since 1996, and has so far paid out over $130,000 to 27 recipients. Scholarship recipients have attended a diverse number of universities from Georgia, GA Tech, SCAD to Duke, Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina, Wake Forest, Samford, Yale, and the University of Chicago.