AMERICUS (July 11, 2012)--Georgia Southwestern State University and South Georgia Technical College’s efforts promoting Americus and Sumter County as a college town through the “Two Great Choices - One Great Community” campaign continues to be a success.
Over the past five years, more than $70,000 has been donated to this effort to encourage enrollment growth at Georgia Southwestern State University and South Georgia Technical College and to stimulate the local economy.
During the spring scholar luncheon at Georgia Southwestern, the university recognized students who have earned the Two Great Choices Scholarship. Recipients from 2011-2012 included Mark Watford, Tatum Whitley, Wes Downs, Mollie McGowan and Smit Patel.
The result of this collaboration has been growth at both institutions and increased interest in Americus and Sumter County becoming an attractive college area. Together, GSW and SGTC serve over 8,000 students each year, and those students provide a tremendous economic boost to the local economy.
As of Fall 2012, GSW and SGTC will have awarded 26 academic scholarships to local students as a result of this campaign. This effort benefits each school equally, aiming to keep the best and brightest local students in Americus and Sumter County.
In that vein, and thanks to the continued efforts and generosity of Earl and Barbara Gammage, the “Two Great Choices - One Great Community” campaign is in its fifth year.
“Barbara and I are pleased to be able to support this initiative,” said Earl Gammage. “We believe in Americus, we believe in Georgia Southwestern and we believe in South Georgia Tech. We hope that others will follow our example and help us promote our area because we are fortunate to have ‘Two Great Choices in our Great Community.’”
Individuals or businesses who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the “Two Great Choices — One Great Community” fund may send donations to “Two Great Choices — One Great Community,” P.O. Box 6102, Americus GA 31709.
For more information call the GSW Foundation office at 931-2014 or Su Ann Bird at the SGTC Foundation at 931-2110.
Caption—Left to right: Mark Watford, Tatum Whitley, Barbara Gammage, Earl Gammage and Wes Downs
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