News Release – Athens, Georgia – January 29, 2013
The first Howard Sanders Optimist Scholarship has been awarded by Piedmont College to Taylor L. Sexton, a sophomore music major from Danielsville, GA. The scholarship was established by the Athens Evening Optimist Club to honor the memory of Howard A. Sanders, respected Athens businessman and loyal Optimist, by aiding deserving students in their effort to obtain a college degree.
Howard Sanders opened his men’s clothing store at 228 E. Clayton St. in 1948 and operated it until 1986, when he sold the business to an employee and retired. He died in January, 1991. As a devoted member of the Evening Optimist Club of Athens, he contributed to the success of programs for the youth of the community for more than 40 years. The perpetual scholarship was established in his memory to continue helping young people improve their lives, become successful and responsible citizens, and prepare for lives of service through educational programs at Piedmont College.