Originally created 09/21/03

'Chronicle' gives toddler $10,000



Clutched in his dad's arms, 11-month-old Isaiah Bracy probably didn't know why his father was jumping around on a soundstage at the Augusta Common on Saturday night

"I'm just so excited," said Marvin Bracy after he learned that Isaiah is the recipient of the first $10,000 scholarship given by The Augusta Chronicle.

The scholarship giveaway is part of Make Kids Count, The Chronicle's effort to celebrate the achievements of children and families in the Augusta-Aiken area. The Chronicle highlights children through features such as Kid of the Day, Spotlight on Kids and other articles and events focused on families and children.

Runner-up Liam Newsome was a winner, too. Liam won a $5,000 scholarship.

Though his family was elated, Liam looked a bit antsy to go and play as the winners were announced during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival.

"He's 2 - that's his job," Shelley Newsome, his mother, said with a laugh.

The next giveaway will be for 4- to 8-year-olds. The entry form will be printed in The Chronicle this week. More information is available at augustachronicle.com.

Entries for the third scholarship giveaway, for children ages 9 to 12, will be accepted in January. The final giveaway, for children ages 13 to 18, will begin in April.

The program is sponsored by Georgia Bank & Trust and Platt's Funeral Home. A $10,000 scholarship is given away every three months.

So, now that Isaiah's and Liam's folks know they have money for college, where do they hope to send their little scholars?

Mr. Bracy said he hopes Isaiah will become a Bulldog at the University of Georgia.

Larry Newsome, Liam's dad, said he hopes his son will head to Notre Dame University when he gets older.

Reach Jeremy Craig at (706) 823-3409 or jeremy.craig@augustachronicle.com.