Trissa Nerowski, an exceptional education teacher at Whitesville Road Elementary School, was recognized Aug. 24 at a meeting of the League’s sustaining members in the Ida Callaway Hudson Lab Sciences Building at LaGrange College. Both Ida Hudson and Mollie Lukken were founding members of Junior Service League who, in the 1970s, led pioneering JSL volunteer programs to provide services for students with learning disabilities.

The scholarship, established in 1984 after Lukken’s tragic death in a traffic accident, is presented annually to a local teacher pursuing graduate study in the field of special education.  

Nerowski is enrolled in a doctoral program at Northcentral University and is currently writing her dissertation.  

“We were impressed by her achievements and outstanding recommendations,” said Sue Duttera, chairman of the Mollie Lukken Scholarship Committee. “She is the first recipient we have had who is pursuing a PhD in special education.”

Debra Brock, principal of Whitesville Road Elementary, described Nerowski as “responsible, determined and dedicated.”

In her recommendation, Brock wrote, “Trissa has a passion for students with exceptional needs. She establishes relationships with students that foster stability, trust and commitment to meeting their needs that prove to be effective and support the learning environment.”

Nerowski’s research examines teacher attrition, focusing on “investigating strategies to inspire, support and maintain educators in the field of special education.” In her scholarship application, she said, “I hope my legacy will be a pool of teachers who are dynamic, energetic, proactive, inspirational and joy-filled for their careers.”

Junior Service League has awarded more than $40,000 to local teachers since the scholarship’s inception.

The Junior Service League of LaGrange has honored a veteran Troup County educator as the 2017 Mollie Lukken Scholarship recipient. The Junior Service League of LaGrange has honored a veteran Troup County educator as the 2017 Mollie Lukken Scholarship recipient. 

Fall & Spring Mini Grants

JSL of LaGrange accepts applications twice a year for community grants. We are looking to help start-up non-profit community groups in Troup County. Max amount awarded per applicant is $2,500, and funds available are based on our yearly fundraising proceeds. Additional information and application are available below. 

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Tolly Burch Memorial Scholarship


The Tolly McCall Burch Memorial Scholarship has been set up to recognize high school seniors who exhibit the characteristics promoted by the mission of the JSL. This mission, to promote volunteerism and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, was exemplified by the JSL service of Tolly McCall Burch.






Mollie Lukken Scholarship


Since 1984, the Junior Service League of LaGrange has provided financial assistance to Troup County teachers through its Mollie Lukken Memorial Scholarship. Any teacher pursuing graduate study in a field of special education is eligible to apply for the grant, which honors the memory of Mollie Lukken, a League founder and leader in the field of learning disabilities. If you are or will soon begin pursuing graduate studies in any field of special education, we encourage you to apply. Past recipients are eligible to apply again. The application and explanatory information can be downloaded below.