Stuart Mullis of Rentz is the recipient of the Johnny B. Howard Scholarship offered through the OFTC Foundation- South, Inc. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is enrolled in the welding and joining program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC). Priority is given to students who are attending or have graduated from West Laurens High School. Stuart is an upcoming senior at West Laurens High School and is a dual-enrolled student at OFTC.
The scholarship is given in memory of Johnny Buford Howard, a life-long resident of Laurens County, who was the welding and joining technology instructor at Heart of Georgia Technical College for nine years. Howard died in July 2007.