Purpose: To preserve in perpetuity the memory of a very distinguished Georgia Military College Preparatory School alumnus, and former United States Secretary of Labor, the Honorable W.J. Usery, Jr. The income produced by this fund will be used exclusively to support the GMC Preparatory School. This fund shall have four components to honor, commemorate, and celebrate the life of Secretary Usery. Income produced by this fund will be distributed in priority order across the four components.
Explanations of each of the four components, in priority order for funding, are as follows:
GMC Prep School Uniforms (All New Students): Every sixth grader, and as funds are grown, any other first time student, to include additional grades that may be added in the future, will receive a school voucher up to 100% of the initial preparatory school uniform requirement. The total purchase of these uniforms to include accessories is the equivalent of $600 for SY 2016-17 (baseline year). The proceeds of this endowment will significantly defray the costs of the initial school uniform requirement, thus eliminating a financial barrier, while honoring Secretary Usery’s own personal experience of having worn a patched uniform while a student at GMC Prep. In addition, along with the uniform voucher, each student will receive in writing a tribute with a short explanation as to why Secretary Usery wanted to assist every future GMC Prep student with the cost of their uniforms.
Secretary Usery Biography Pamphlet (8th Grade): All GMC Prep eighth grade students will recieve the biography pamphlet of The Honorable W.J. Usery, Jr. The students will read this pamphlet and discuss it in class during their eighth grade year. Upon reading the story and having had a discussion in class, each cadet will then recieve what will be the military uniform ribbon named the “Usery Ribbon” symbolizing the first part of the GMC slogan of “Duty-Honor-Country” and “Character Above All.”
Secretary Usery Foundation of American Democracy Book Collection (10th Grade): All GMC Prep tenth grade students will recieve four books representing the foundations of American democracy in the United States: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, George Washington’s Rules of Civility, and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, to supplement their educational requirement of tenth grade U.S. History.
Secretary Usery Essay Contest (12th Grade): All GMC Prep twelfth grade students will write an essay as part of the Honorable W.J. Usery, Jr. Legacy Fund essay contest at the beginning of the school year. The contest will recognize and award the first, second, and third place winners with monetary awards (initially $1,500; $1,000; and $500) intended to further defray the expense of attending GMC Prep, or as a scholarhsip to the college of their choice. The theme of the essay will be a reflection of “What GMC Has Meant to Me” or “The Impact GMC Has Had On Me,” to model Secretary Usery’s lifetime reflection of what being a student at GMC Prep meant to him.