Pastor Steven N. Dial, Sr. of Rainbow Park Baptist Church in Decatur this month will host his annual golf tournament to assist those seeking scholarships for GED testing.
Dial said he founded the Rev. Clifton Dial Sr. Scholarship Foundation and started the golf tournament in remembrance of his late father.
Rainbow Park Baptist Church began providing free GED and literacy classes in 2007. The scholarship foundation was created in 2009 to assist students in paying for the test and also provide educational materials such as books, practice tests, graduation cap and gowns and other needed supplies.
To date, the foundation has assisted more than 500 students in preparing for or passing their GED Test.
Rev. Clifton Dial, Sr. had to drop out of high school when his father was killed. He took on the responsibility of taking care of his siblings. Pastor Steven Dial shared as a teen, he remembers his own father getting his GED. The great thing is he didn’t stop there. The elder Dial received his bachelor’s degree, and went on to get an advanced Ministerial Degree as well.
The journey is one that helped inspire the start of the foundation. The Rev. Clifton Dial Sr. Scholarship Tournament is held every third Saturday in September. The event is sponsored by local businesses, religious organizations, and fellow golfers who come out and enjoy 18 holes for a great cause.
Golfers fellowship and give back to the community as well as chase an illustrious first place trophy prize. It’s a great opportunity to meet students and volunteers.
This year’s tournament will be Sept 16, 9 a.m, at Browns Mill Golf Course in Lithonia.
For more information, visit rcdialscholarshipfoundation.org or call 404-288-1910.