GNTC Foundation Raises Approximately $250,000 In Support Of Students During 2020

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
By the end of December 2020, the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation raised approximately $250,000 in support of students from private donations, corporate gifts, grants, planned giving and establishment of an endowed fund. 
 
At the conclusion of GNTC’s Annual and Year-End Giving Campaign: "A Gift of Impact," the GNTC Foundation raised $90,464 in scholarship funds, surpassing the original goal of $20,000 by a large margin. Gifts from GNTC employees alone exceeded $20,000.  
 
“We are so grateful to the northwest Georgia community for its terrific response to our fundraising appeals," said GNTC President Dr.
Heidi Popham. "Because of their donations, many more of our students have been able to stay enrolled and on track to graduate despite the impact of COVID-19.” 
 
According to Lauretta Hannon, GNTC director of Institutional Advancement, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the number of students who are facing financial hardships.  
 
“The GNTC Foundation has been working non-stop in the setting up and awarding of scholarships and other forms of financial support for students hit hard by the pandemic,” said Ms. Hannon. “Thanks to the generosity of donors, we’ve been able to increase student support by 100 percent.” 
 
Shortly after the conclusion of the fundraising campaign, the GNTC Foundation awarded 31 qualifying students with scholarships for the Spring 2021 semester. The Foundation also received a donation from the Winn family and established an endowment scholarship as well as a food pantry on the Polk County Campus in honor of the late Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Dan Peace Winn. 
 
The GNTC Foundation offers scholarships and financial assistance to eligible students on the GNTC website. Student financial assistance can help with tuition, books, supplies, fees, licensure exams and other needs. For more information on donating to the GNTC Foundation, contact Foundation Administrator Michelle Beatson at 706-802-5850, or visit the Foundation’s donation page. 
 
The GNTC Foundation Trustees are Phil Burkhalter, Floyd County; Valerie Brown, Whitfield County; Linda Case, Dade County; Jay LeGrande, Polk County; Gary McConnell, Chattooga County; Craig McDaniel, Floyd County; Sherrie Patterson, Murray County; Damon Raines, Walker County; Becky Redd, Gordon County; Mitch Sanford, Whitfield County; Jay Still, Whitfield County; Wil Stiles, Catoosa County; Scott Tucker, Floyd County; Carolyn Walker, Walker County; and Doris White, Walker County.

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