CUMMING, Ga. –– Stars and Strikes introduced Lorrie Waller as the first-ever recipient of the Peter Ian Roberts Memorial Scholarship.
The $1,000 scholarship was established to commemorate the life of Peter Ian Roberts, whose love for the Forsyth community inspired many of his classmates, teachers, friends, coworkers and family.
Roberts, a senior at Forsyth Central High School, passed away on March 16, 2013 in a single-car accident.
Roberts’ impact on his community was reflected shortly after he passed away when his employer, Stars and Strikes of Cumming, established the Peter Ian Roberts Memorial Scholarship to honor his memory.
The scholarship is given annually to a Forsyth Central High School student entering their first year of college who has demonstrated exceptional community service.
The scholarship renews annually, up to four consecutive years, provided that the recipient is enrolled full-time and is in good standing with their college or university. This year, it was awarded to Lorrie Waller.
Waller has overcome many obstacles in her young life, including the passing of each of her parents within a single year. She is very active within the Forsyth community, taking leadership roles in DECA, the Best Buddy program and as a teacher’s apprentice.
Her compassion and outlook on life can be summed up with her favorite quote: “Life is too short; leave the past behind and let the future write itself.”
This type of determination inspired the Peter Ian Roberts Memorial Scholarship Committee to award her the inaugural scholarship on May 9 at Forsyth Central High School.
Waller plans to study mass communications at Georgia Perimeter College in the fall.