Donors help students stay in school

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For college students working toward their degrees, perhaps little could be more frustrating than to miss paying a tuition bill by only a small amount. Missing a semester of classes can set students behind in their schedules, delaying graduation, finding jobs and moving on with their lives.

“We have had students come up short by a couple hundred dollars or even as little as a few dollars,” said Dr. Lois C. Richardson, interim senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost. “Many of our students are of modest means. About 94 percent qualify for financial aid, almost 40 percent work at least part-time and many support families. Sometimes small amounts can become serious hurdles for any number of reasons.”

However, thanks to the generosity of GGC Foundation donors, students who need a little financial help need not delay pursuing their futures.

Peach State Federal Credit Union has committed $50,000 over five years to provide grants to students needing financial assistance to remain enrolled at GGC and continue progressing in their educational programs.

In addition, the Beacon Foundation Charitable Trust has made a $10,000 grant for the GGC Student Emergency Fund, which specifically provides grants to students needing financial assistance to stay enrolled. The Beacon Foundation was created to relieve poverty and financial distress for individuals, and this is the fourth year it has supported GGC students in need.

“Because of these donors, small amounts need not stand in the way of students making their educational dreams a reality,” said Richardson.


Grizzly Appreciation Reception

Grizzly Appreciation Reception
About 30 of the college’s community partners attended a recent Grizzly Appreciation Reception, during which they were treated to a live excerpt from the Honors Program’s performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” produced in cooperation with Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre.

Did You Know…

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If your employer matches charitable gifts, you can double the value of your gift to the GGC Foundation.


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