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Gainesville High School Class of 1964 Awards First Scholarship

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The Gainesville High School Class of 1964 gather together for more than just reunions. They have a passion for giving back to the school that they love and which is a source of many fond memories. Their first class project was two “elephant” benches that are located around the flagpole on the Gainesville High School campus. In 2018, they took on a second project and established the GHS Class of ’64 Scholarship Fund’ at the North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF).

The scholarship fund was initially spearheaded by Julian Prosser, the 1964 class president, Jim Moore and David Sargent; many other classmates donated to the fund, with Larry Adams, Jan Smith and Patricia Fargason making up the scholarship selection committee. The class raised enough funds to endow the scholarship at NGCF, and at the Gainesville High School Honors Night program, they awarded their first scholarship to graduating senior, Rentavious Buffington. Rentavious has a passion for technical theatre, musical theatre and acting. He immersed himself in the Gainesville High Theatre and the Thespian Troupe 2445; he participated in community theatre and became a state thespian officer, dance captain, light designer, and light board operator. His involvement in other activities in the community highlighted an impressive resume; Rentavious worked for Chick-fil-a of Gainesville and found time to participate in numerous service projects. He will be continuing his education at the University of North Georgia in the fall semester.

The North Georgia Community Foundation administers scholarships established by individual donors and organizations who believe in the importance of the future for the next generation. Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria with the award sizes varying by different amounts. In 2018, the NGCF scholarship funds awarded more than 170 scholarships to students in order to help them with their post-secondary education. For more information about scholarships, visit

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