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- June 2006 / MVB Announces First Recipient of Writing
Mount Vernon Bank Announces First Recipient of Writing Fellowship Award
BPC Director of Marketing
In an effort to further the educational excellence of students at Brewton-Parker
College, Mount Vernon Bank has partnered with BPC for the next five years to
sponsor a $1,000 annual award that recognizes high achievement in writing.
“We thank Mount Vernon Bank for its commitment to the young people of
our area and fostering excellence,” said Dr. David Smith, president of
Brewton-Parker College, of the newly formed partnership.
Don Thigpen, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Mount Vernon Bank, believes
this award is an important way of contributing to the overall success of the
“As a community bank, we feel that contributing to education is one
of the important things we can do to help our community be successful,” Thigpen
said. “We’re pleased to partner with Brewton-Parker College in
offering this scholarship.”
Regina Wood’s essay explaining how
trust in individuals, in community, and in God all play a part in the overall
value of trust in rural Georgia earned
her the recognition of being the first recipient of the Mount Vernon Bank Writing
Wood, a psychology major at Brewton-Parker
College, received her award from Rick Jordan, Vice-President of Economic
Development and Marketing for Mount
Vernon Bank, during the annual Honors Day ceremony in Saliba Chapel on Brewton-Parker’s
main campus in Mount Vernon.
All rising full-time juniors on the Mount
Vernon campus were eligible to compete for the award by writing an essay
on the theme “Trust is a value that
grows naturally in rural Georgia.”
By referring to rural Georgia’s “rich agricultural heritage” in
her essay, Wood made the case that trusting in individuals is a key component
to the building of trust throughout the region. She said economic and civic
responsibilities were learned on the farm and that each family member had certain
duties he or she was required to perform in order for the farm to operate successfully.
The trust exhibited within the immediate family eventually spread to other
“Farmers aided each other with harvests, and farmhands worked several
fields at differing times of the year. The rural lifestyle cultivated trust
and reliability,” Wood said.
As the Industrial Revolution and the Progressive Era began to have an impact
in large, metropolitan areas, Wood explained that for smaller communities to
survive, a continued reliance on each other was vital. Thus, trust continued
to play an important role in the day to day life of rural Georgia.
“Communities worked together for the betterment of the society and learned
to trust each other in the process,” Wood said.
Wood explained that trust in God is another important element to the overall
value of trust in rural Georgia. This trust in God, according to Wood, not
only applies to the health of a community as a whole, but to the health of
the individual as well.
“Trust in God is a way of life in the rural South,” Wood said. “I
view trust as an extension of God’s grace through our lives. God offers
His divine grace to us in salvation. We are, in turn, called to exhibit God’s
nature through a trustworthy character and faith in others. This is how people
come to understand God’s grace.”
Wood is thankful to Mount Vernon Bank for partnering with Brewton-Parker College
in offering this Writing Fellowship Award.
“I want to thank the people of Mount Vernon Bank for giving this opportunity
to Brewton-Parker and its students,” said Wood. “I am glad to see
them lead the way for community involvement in the college.”
Regina Wood received an Associate degree in Psychology with a minor in English
from Brewton-Parker College in 1998. She and her husband Bill live in Vidalia
and have two children, ages six and eight.