Jeanette Williamson Craig and Eugene “Gene” L. Craig, both the first in their families to obtain college degrees, now give scholarship assistance to students from their CFCV scholarship fund.


Jeanette Williamson Craig and Eugene “Gene” L. Craig, both descendants of mill workers, were raised and married in the North Highland neighborhood of Columbus, Georgia. They were the first in each of their families to obtain a college degree. Together, they served for nearly 70 years as educators for Muscogee County School District. Jeanette spent most of her career as a media specialist, where her library was described as the “heart of the school.” Among her many talents, she was an avid seamstress and recycled common household items for use in her classrooms and libraries.

Like his wife, Gene’s passion was the development of the whole child with an emphasis on building strong character. Following his time as a teacher, Gene served for 29 years as the principal of Waddell Elementary. His “morning messages” were but one example of his dedication to the teachers and students – a way of letting them know how truly special they were and how all their lives and goals mattered. Gene earned many accolades throughout his career and served on the executive committees of the Muscogee County Principals Association and the Muscogee Educators Association. He also served as the president of the Muscogee County Retired Educators Association.

Jeanette and Gene have two children and enjoyed 57 years of marriage until Jeanette’s death in 2016. Gene presented the first Craig Scholarship in the spring of 2017 and passed away that same fall. Jeanette and Gene’s dedication to education and their impassioned belief in giving back to our community has formed the basis for the Craig Scholarship. This scholarship is established in their honor to help students continue their education and obtain college degrees.


The Craig Scholarship:

One Craig Scholar will be selected in 2024. Ideally, the successful applicant will share the same high character as that exemplified by the Craigs’ dedication to the needs of others through their lives. We would expect the Craig Scholar to be able to demonstrate that character through service to their school, community, religious organization and/or job.

Eligibility & Application Process

Applicants for the Craig Scholarship must:


*NOTE: CFCV is aware of delays associated with the revised FAFSA form and as such, reserves the right to adjust the timeline below. Application deadlines will be updated on the scholarship application portal (link below).

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