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Yamaha sponsors $25,000 in scholarships for the children of its employees

Brad Mabry got a job performance bonus. It wasn’t based on his performance; it was because of her children’s success in school.

Two of his daughters were among ten Yamaha scholarship recipients. Each winner had relatives who worked for Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation and received a $2,500 scholarship.

In total, in 2022, Yamaha is providing $25,000 in scholarships to help fund college education. There have been 166 awards totaling $399,000 over the program’s 20-year history.

Taylor Mabry, a senior at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, has won three straight. Her sister, Bria, is a freshman at Agnes Scott College. Both are majoring in science with an eye for the medical field.

The YMMC scholarship program is funded by the company’s recycling efforts and designed to “recognize, encourage and promote community involvement and lifelong learning,” according to company officials. It is open to all children or dependents of full-time employees with at least one year of service at Newnan. Independent Educator Committee reviews applications and selects scholarship recipients

This year’s recipients also include Annie Copeland, University of Georgia; Anniston Dodson, Auburn University; Xander Estes, University of Georgia; Mekayla Franklin, Alabama-Huntsville; Shayaan Kabir, Emory University; Lauren McKay, University of Georgia; Avante Parks, Fort Valley State University; and Jaylin Wood, Georgia Southern University.

“They’re really smart,” Mabry said of his daughters, admitting their win didn’t come as a huge surprise to him. He has four daughters in all, including his eldest, who has already graduated from college with honors, and his youngest, who is still in high school.

“One of the things I told them when they were younger was that school ends after middle school, not high school,” he said. “It’s been on their minds all their lives.”

This mindset is driven in large measure by a fundamental desire that virtually every parent has for their child. “I want them to be way better than me,” he said. “I tell them that all the time. “I want all four of them to excel at what they do.”

Mabry acknowledges the differences in her daughters’ educational abilities, calling Taylor a “student” who is dedicated to spending time reading the books and referring to Bria as a “prodigy” who can figure things out faster. He doesn’t remember any of them getting a B before college.

Did the Yamaha scholarships make a difference for his family? Anyone with a working knowledge of the cost of a college education these days is well aware that the answer is a resounding yes.

“I haven’t paid for the books yet this year,” Mabry said. “I make a few payments and stuff, but never books. The exchange takes care of books, which is a big help if you know the prices of books.

Mabry, an assembly official, encouraged colleagues with sons and daughters at university to apply for the scholarship, having seen firsthand how helpful it can be. “The scholarship is fantastic.”

Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America designs and assembles WaveRunners, ATVs, side-by-sides and golf cars at the Newnan plant.

One of the largest private employers in Coweta County, Yamaha is currently expanding its team, hiring another 100 contract employees and numerous professional positions. Most jobs at Yamaha start with an $18-per-hour contract and are eligible for full hires within 30 days. Details are on yamahajobs.com.

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