This scholarship is not currently accepting applications. The information below reflects the guidelines for 2023. If available for 2024, guidelines and the application will be available in spring 2024.


One of the “giants” of this community, Judge Albert W. Thompson was a groundbreaker in desegregation and a role model, mentor and inspiration for many in civic life and public service.

Born in 1922, he received his undergraduate degree from Savannah State College and his law degree from Howard University School of Law. In 1951 he became the first black person admitted to the bar in Columbus, GA. In 1965 he became the first black person elected to public office in Muscogee County and one of the first to desegregate the Georgia House of Representatives. He served for seven terms, and his appointment as chair of the Special Judiciary Committee of the General Assembly made him the House’s first black committee chairman. In 1980 he was appointed a Superior Court Judge, marking another racial first. He retired in 1991 as Administrative Law Judge with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.

Apart from these professional activities, he distinguished himself in community service through leadership in the local Civil Rights Movement and volunteered his time to numerous service organizations. His death in 2004 did not diminish the influence that his life continues to have on untold numbers of people today.

The Judge Albert W. Thompson, Sr., Scholarship Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. was established in late 2005 by friends and colleagues of Judge Thompson to honor his many contributions to our community.


The Judge Albert W. Thompson, Sr., Scholarship Fund awards up to two scholarships to college students with a connection to Georgia who are entering or currently enrolled in law school and are committed to practicing nonprofit law or another type of public service law.

The scholarship:

Eligibility & Application Process

Applicants must: