“We did it!” reflects Darrell Bernard Evans’ feelings on Saturday morning, May 2, as he participated in Georgia College & State University’s virtual graduation ceremony marked by important messages for the 981 graduates and an inspirational address from the keynote speaker.
Evans received his bachelor’s degree in business management with a management major. He was one of the first two Lawton Scholars to be named in 2016, and went on to be an exceptionally successful college student. He maintained a 3.5-plus GPA throughout his college career. He is in the process of researching graduate schools and plans to begin studies in 2021 to achieve his master of business administration (MBA).
Evans will begin his career with GEICO Insurance Company in late June or early July, saying, “With COVID-19, all the start dates were pushed back.”
His career will require a relocation to Macon to the largest GEICO office with about 5,600 employees. He will enter as part of the management development program. After two to three years in this program, he will be in line for a supervisory or managerial position.
Evans reflected on his college experience, saying, “It wasn’t as tough as I thought based on what everyone told me to begin with. It took developing great time management skills and being proactive about assignments and not bring afraid to reach out to professors when I needed assistance.”
The Lawton family praised his accomplishments, saying, “We are full of pride to have participated with and witnessed Darrell’s strong personal growth and the many significant milestones he achieved during his four-year college journey as a Lawton Scholar. His future is full of opportunities and we will continue to stay closely in touch.”
Evans is looking forward to getting started on his career. He said it’s an exciting time for young people right now, and “the moves I make in the next two to three years will set the trajectory for the rest of my career.”
His advice to those starting college?
Seize every opportunity because you never know if that opportunity will come around again.
The Lawton Scholarship has been a part of the outreach of ATLAS Ministry Inc., since 2015. The Lawton Scholarship vision of “enabling Good Students to create Great PATHWAYS for their future without Undue Financial Burden” has proven true for Evans. He expressed his thankfulness to the Lawton family saying that the scholarship decreased the financial burden greatly, and the mentorship was equally important. “Having (them) to call on for career information, like internships, or just for personal advice, was a comfort.”