Georgia Jean Dolen Rinker Art Challenge Award
Honoring the artistic spirit while encouraging young people to reach for their goals is a fitting way of honoring Georgia Jean Rinker. Known as "Gij" to her friends, she came to Franklin College in 1938. At Franklin, she enjoyed her studies, the faculty and the camaraderie of her fellow students. She was active in campus life as a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. A talented artist, Mrs. Rinker worked in advertising for a large drug store chain before World War II. During the war, she worked for several newspapers. Helping young people was always an important part of Mrs. Rinker's life. Whether serving as a den mother for her children's Cub Scout troop, an officer with the PTA or an advisor for Pi Beta Phi, Mrs. Rinker always found time to encourage the success of young people. The Georgia Jean Dolen Rinker Art Challenge Award was established by her family and friends to keep her memory alive in the artistic expression of Franklin College students.
Students may apply for the George Jean Dolen Rinker Art Challenge Award by submitting a proposal detailing an artistic project they would like to complete. The project may include study, travel and/or the creation of an artistic work. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel selected by the vice president for academic affairs.