GPS Black Alumnae Council Aims To Support Students, Faculty And Staff

Thursday, April 15, 2021
The GPS Black Alumnae Council raises $10,000 in two hours during a phone-a-thon
The GPS Black Alumnae Council raises $10,000 in two hours during a phone-a-thon

In the fall of 2020, black GPS alumnae came together to form the Black Alumnae Council Steering Committee, which serves to connect alumnae and students with shared experiences and to continue building a welcoming and supportive GPS campus community.

The mission of BAC is to:
Attract: Facilitate programs and partnerships that attract black students, faculty, and staff to the school
Retain: Support black students—from admission to commencement
Engage: Connect current students and alumnae with mentoring and professional development
Donate: “Friend-raising” and fundraising for GPS needs
Serve: Act as GPS ambassadors in the community and to fellow GPS alumnae

The BAC is launching the Black Alumnae Council Endowed Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a current or incoming black GPS student(s). This scholarship will be added to the current portfolio of more than 80 endowed scholarships that help GPS annually fund $3.5 million in financial aid awards. Other funding sources for financial aid include the annual Impact Fund campaign and the operating budget.

The initial goal is to raise $50,000 over the next three years for the scholarship fund. Because this will be an endowed scholarship, the fund will generate income in perpetuity to be used for financial aid for black GPS girls. The fund will continue to grow in value over time and should provide support to black GPS students for decades to come. 

The Black Alumnae Council raised $10,000 in two hours during their recent phone-a-thon. Thus far, more than $16,000 has been pledged and donated toward the scholarship. This funding opportunity will be part of the upcoming Our Girls | Our GPS Week of Giving, April 16-23.

For any questions contact Ali Gant, chief development officer at AGant@GPS.edu.


Tennessee General Assembly Makes Historic $250 Million Contribution To TCRS

Chattanooga Native Selected As 2021 Outstanding Master Of Arts In Teaching Student In Middle Grades Education At Augusta University

Ooltewah High School's Parent Advisory Council Observes Teacher's Appreciation Week Virtually


The 112th Tennessee General Assembly appropriated a historic one-time additional contribution of $250 million to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System State and Higher Education plan. ... (click for more)

Angie Smith, of Chattanooga, was awarded Outstanding Master of Arts in Teaching Student in Middle Grades Education by the Augusta University College of Education. Ms. Smith, who is being ... (click for more)

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the members of the Ooltewah’s Parent Advisory Council held their 2nd Virtual Teacher’s Appreciation Week Celebration, during the week of May 3-7. Prior ... (click for more)



Student Scene

Tennessee General Assembly Makes Historic $250 Million Contribution To TCRS

The 112th Tennessee General Assembly appropriated a historic one-time additional contribution of $250 million to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System State and Higher Education plan. The largest single contribution in the history of TCRS, this appropriation will further bolster the pension and help lower future recurring contributions, said offiicials. TCRS has been consistently ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Native Selected As 2021 Outstanding Master Of Arts In Teaching Student In Middle Grades Education At Augusta University

Angie Smith, of Chattanooga, was awarded Outstanding Master of Arts in Teaching Student in Middle Grades Education by the Augusta University College of Education. Ms. Smith, who is being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi next month, enjoyed a great deal of academic success at Augusta University. But her favorite class was Language Arts Best Practices, taught by Dr. Christi Pace, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Boyd Raises Issue Of Pinkston Raises To A Staff Member He Married And Hiring Her Brother; DA Says, "I Have Done Nothing Wrong"

County Commissioner Tim Boyd has questioned District Attorney Neal Pinkston on the issue of relatives in his office. He released an email he received that was critical of DA Pinkston giving allegedly excessive raises to a top staff member that he married and for hiring her brother. At budget hearings, he asked DA Pinkston whether he had any relatives on the county payroll. ... (click for more)

2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shooting Wednesday Night On Ridgeside Road

DeQuan Paris, 25, and LaRome Ridley, 20, were killed and a 29-year-old man was injured in a shooting on Ridgeside Road Wednesday evening. The two men who died are brothers. They have two other brothers. Their mother, Amanda Del “Rat” Paris, died last Dec. 3 at age 39. Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Ridgeside Road on a report of a person shot at approximately ... (click for more)

Opinion

Please Stop Calling Us “Latinx”

We’re asking nicely, because we think the use of the term has been mostly well-intentioned. But let’s start with some numbers: a mere 3 percent of Americans of Latin-American descent use “Latinx” to describe themselves. This is based on a 2020 Pew Research poll of about 3,000 American Latinos. Those who want for “Latinx” to become the default say it’s preferable because it’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Earn Life's "Free Lunches"

The worst debacle in our nation’s history, it is beginning to be proven, was when the United States was quarantined during the COVID-19 epidemic. Our economy – from employment to production – was stymied. Our next generation responded with virtually no education for an entire year and a surging teen suicide epidemic and the biggest profits that were made in the second half of 2020 ... (click for more)