AMERICUS (March 17, 2014)—Scholarship recipients at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) were privileged to share a meal with their benefactors Thursday, March 13 at a luncheon honoring the two groups.
“We look forward to this annual event which provides us the opportunity to say thank you to our endowed scholarship donors and recognize the good work of our student scholars,” said GSW Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell. “Everyone in attendance was very moved by the eloquent, heartfelt expressions of appreciation from the scholarship recipient speakers.”
Sponsored by Georgia Southwestern and the GSW Foundation, approximately 130 people were on hand for the event which took place in the Thomas O. Marshall, Jr. Pavilion Private Dining Room. One of the featured speakers was Haley Jones, a senior exercise science and wellness major and recipient of the Alumni Cash Scholarship, Kiwanis Scholarship, and the Frances Wood Wilson Scholarship.
“Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students like me,” Jones said during the luncheon. “I could never say thank you enough to these instrumental individuals who have so graciously aided me and many other students in achieving our goals.”
Student Government President Ben Moody was the other keynote speaker. Moody is a senior human resource management major and Wheeler Parker Scholarship recipient. He encouraged his fellow scholarship recipients to reciprocate donor generosity in the future.
“It is important for us to remember the debt we owe our donors,” he said. “When we find success, we should pay it forward to a new generation of students.”
Other members of the program included Rowell, who opened the luncheon with a welcome from the Foundation; University Relations Director Stephen Snyder, who gave the invocation; education professor Greg Hawver, who introduced Jones; School of Business Administration Dean Liz Wilson, who introduced Moody; and GSW President Kendall Blanchard, who delivered the closing.
This marks the sixth year GSW and the Foundation have held the event. For information on how you can donate to the GSW Foundation, call (229) 931-2014.
Caption—Benefactor Betty Pope stands with recipients of the Deriso and Pope Fellowship Scholarships, both made possible by the generosity of Pope and her late husband John.
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