Opening Doors of Opportunity
The generous support of alumni and other donors has enabled the creation of several new experiential learning and need-based scholarships that open doors of opportunity for students.
Seventy-nine students in 36 majors recently became the inaugural recipients of scholarships funded through the University’s Experiential Learning Endowment Fund. These amazing students will be interning across America and internationally, engaging in research, and studying on four continents.
The growing number of experiential learning scholarships that the University of Georgia has been able to provide is part of a broader trend of increased scholarship support made possible by the Commit to Georgia Campaign.
Through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, the UGA Foundation will match any gift to the University in the amount of $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 to endow a need-based scholarship. Nearly 70 new need-based scholarships have been established through the program since it was announced by President Morehead in January, and more than 40 scholarships already have been awarded for fall 2017.
Need-based scholarships play a critical role in ensuring that individuals—and our state and nation as a whole—remain competitive in today’s global economy. By providing matching funds for need-based scholarships, the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program offers an extraordinary opportunity for donors to create a more vibrant future for our state and nation.
The Commit to Georgia Campaign is off to an impressive start as it seeks to remove barriers and open doors for students, enhance the learning environment, and support research and outreach that solves grand challenges facing of our state and world. Last year the University received a record $183.8 million in private support, and we are on track to surpass that record this year thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of our alumni and other supporters. The Commit to Georgia Campaign aims to raise a total of $1.2 billion by 2020, and the generosity of our donors has already begun to change lives.