Billy Lee Kimbrel Memorial Scholarship

An award is made annually to a Middle Georgia State University student admitted to the education program and pursuing a degree in early childhood education. F. Dewayne Foskey, president of Children’s Friend Learning Centers, established this scholarship to honor educator Billy Lee Kimbrel, who served in the Coffee County School System in Douglas, Ga., from 1954 to 1982. Kimbrel’s time was spent primarily as an industrial arts instructor where he taught mechanical and architectural drawing. In 1975, the Georgia Association of Educators recognized Kimbrel as Georgia Teacher of the Year. Two years later he received a Certificate of Commendation from the state of Georgia for his dedication to teaching. His efforts served as a positive influence on the lives of the young men and women whom he taught.