Published: October 5, 2010
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Elroy Henley Jr.
Atlanta Tech student Elroy M. Henley Jr. spent two weeks in Germany from Sept. 17 to Oct. 2 as part of The Halle Foundation Fellowship Program. Based on student essays, grade point average and teacher recommendations, he was chosen from the carpentry department, along with 13 other students from various departments. He studied international business relations, networked with other scholars and prepared for new opportunities in Georgia.
Henley was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and grew up in Atlanta, Ga., with his two sisters, Shaune Henley-Walker and Shavon Henley. His mother was the late Corrine Milliner, a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School and V.I. Carnival Queen first runner-up in 1970, and his father, Elroy Henley Sr., is owner of Mongoose Apartments in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola.
Tragedy struck in September of 1993, when Henley’s mom, driving back to Atlanta with friends after a revival, was struck and killed by a drunk driver. She was 41. At that time, he was just 13 years old. He subsequently moved to Tortola to live with his father and attended BVI High School. In 1996, he moved to Maryland to live with his aunt, Lorraine “Lolo” Milliner and graduated from Randallstown High School.
Henley attended Frostburg State University in Maryland where he received a bachelor’s degree in physics. He then moved back to Tortola to work at Mongoose Apartments where he was taught carpentry skills by his father, and developed a love for carpentry and electrical work. He was so drawn to these two skills that he decided to apply for some formal training, and in 2008, enrolled at Atlanta Technical College to become a certified electrician.
After completing the program, he then enrolled in the carpentry program, and will graduate in 2011. He currently attends Atlanta Technical College with studies in electrical construction and maintenance.
Henley lives in Fulton County, and after graduation, he plans to use his learned skills when he returns to Tortola.
The Halle Foundation Fellowship Program in Germany selected university students from Georgia with opportunities to gain international work experience in Germany, improve their German language skills, and experience German culture firsthand. Internship placements are available in a variety of fields, including but not limited to: business, engineering, finance, tourism, IT, media/communications, international relations, the nonprofit sector, German studies, and economics, customized to each individual’s skill sets and career goals. Fellows have the opportunity to work with companies that range from small family-owned businesses to medium-sized companies to multinational holdings. In addition to individualized internship placements, fellows also receive assistance with resume writing, pre-departure cultural and logistical issues, and in-country support. Following the program, fellows receive assistance marketing their experience to employers and will be introduced to a network of German-American companies in Georgia.