The Hueys Give Back

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The University of West Georgia has received $50,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for graduate students in the College of Education.

The Johnnie and Edna Huey Scholarship is named for a former West Georgia student and her husband. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate student from Bowdon with demonstrated financial need.

After obtaining an associate’s degree from Young Harris College, Edna Huey attended West Georgia College in 1943 with a full scholarship from the Rosenwald Foundation. She was called a “third-year student” at the time.

“Had I not gotten that opportunity, I probably would not have finished,” she said.

Edna Huey became a teacher and taught in Carroll County elementary schools for 39 years.

In 1958, after West Georgia became a four-year institution, Edna Huey returned for her master’s degree in education.

“It is a privilege to be able to give back to the college by providing a scholarship to help a student who is attaining a master’s degree in education,” she said.

While she studied, her husband, Johnnie Huey, worked full-time managing a clothing factory. He then came home to take care of their two young sons, Chuck and Mike.

“It wasn’t easy,” she said. Their sons “remember the sacrifices we had to make.”

The couple saved slowly to fund the scholarship, but they have been regular contributors to the university. The Hueys live in Bowdon.

“We just wanted to give back,” said Johnnie Huey. “Edna getting an education here has meant a lot to our family.”