At its foundation, the mission of the Blue Ridge Parade of Homes and its sponsors is to give back to the community. With many of the participating builders being raised in the local area, the non-profit Scholarship Foundation is committed to giving back to public education in the North Georgia area, by way of providing scholarships to local students. Since 2019, Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes has awarded $370,000 in scholarships to students in the area who plan to enter the construction field after graduation.
One of two $10,000 scholarships was presented to Norma Solis from Gilmer County High School, Georgia, as part of the inaugural 2019 Parade of Homes. A carpentry student of Dennis Wilson, Solis was nominated to receive one of the scholarships, ultimately receiving the award because of her academic abilities, leadership skills and interest in architecture.
The North Georgia area is home to several of the Blue Ridge Parade of Homes builders, providing them with the education and foundational skills they now use to build their award-winning homes. Consequently, many credit their success to the education they received in their local schools and the teachers that influenced their love of learning.
Learn more about the builders and how their love of community fuels their passion for giving back to its local students.
Local businesses play a significant role in contributing to the health of the community. Just as the community supports our businesses, so too do the local business give back to the community, particularly in the area of education. Learn more about how these outstanding organizations are doing their part to make a difference in the lives of local students.