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Will Watt Fellowship

Will Watt, the Mayor of Thomasville at the end of World War II in 1945, responded to the call of General Eisenhower to adopt a German town of comparable size -- to share our food and clothing with fellow human beings who were struggling to survive one of the coldest winters on record in a war-torn country. Under Mayor Will's direction, a plane load of supplies and relief goods was flown by the United States Army to Luneberg in the north of Germany.

Will Watt was singled out for his brave leadership and his tireless service. He was eventually made an honorary citizen of Luneberg (one of only two people so honored in 1,200 years), and he was decorated and knighted by the King of Norway. 

Will Watt was also a Rotarian who, in 1946, conceived of the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) as a means to foster world peace in the wake of WWII.  The GRSP provides funding for college students to come to Georgia from across the world. The Program is unique throughout Rotary and has been an unmitigated success. There are more than 60 students from many different countries who have received GRSP scholarships to attend college at Georgia institutions.

GRSP scholarships are funded by the generous gifts of Rotarians.  The Downtown Rotary Club of Statesboro recognizes, with great pride, the following Will Watt Fellows for their contribution of $1000.

Downtown Rotary Club Will Watt Fellows

Tom Armstrong
Steven Burrell
Jamey Cartee
Charles Chandler (3)
James Davis
Mary Hazeldine
Roy Kilpatrick
Richard Mallard
Paul Roesel