A message from the Chairman of the Board
On behalf of everyone at the UNG Foundation, thank you for your generous contributions during the 2018 Fiscal Year. Your philanthropic support demonstrates your commitment to our promising students and talented faculty and staff. With your help, 1,528 scholarships were awarded. Your gifts send a powerful message that we are committed to student success, faculty advancement and leadership development. We have a strong Foundation Board of Directors who give of themselves with their time and talents as we work together to continue our legacy of excellence and achievement. It has been my honor to lead this board, and I am looking forward to our future accomplishments.
- Mary Helen McGruder '68
A story of perseverance
Christina Majors’ attendance in the spring 2018 semester was uncertain until she received a Women’s Educational Scholarship from the Women of UNG.
To say Christina has struggled in life would be an understatement. She grew up with a father addicted to crack-cocaine and a mother suffering from mental illness. Her family lived off food stamps and experienced violence in the home. In pursuit of a better home life, Christina married at age 16 and did not complete high school. A week shy of her 17th birthday, she gave birth to her first daughter. Two-and-a-half years later, her second daughter was born.
Christina "craved an education." After obtaining her G.E.D., she enrolled in a private college in Tennessee and earned an associate degree. She then took time off to raise her two daughters, who are now 23 and 20 years old, and three boys, who are 6, 3 and 2 years old.
Christina still dreamed of fulfilling her passion of serving the elderly and teaching the younger generation, but knew she could not do it without a bachelor's degree. In 2017, she enrolled in UNG and is majoring in accounting with a minor in finance. She plans to graduate in 2020.
In the meantime, she is soaking in her education and even surprising herself by taking an honors class and earning A's.
"When I am at school, I glow from the inside," which she added is a far cry from doubting her self-worth as a child. "So, I want people to understand that regardless of the obstacles, finances and age, you can still fulfill your dream. Because with hard work, it is achievable."
Story credit to J.K. Devine
I would like to thank all who supported the Eagle Fund. It has helped immensely in my development here at North Georgia. I am not only able to graduate, but I am graduating with zero debt, which means so much to me and my whole family."
- Addyson Albershardt, '18, Kinesiology, Commissioned as an Armor Officer
Having scholarships has taken a huge burden off of me. I will graduate with little to no debt, and I would just like to say thank you for investing in our programs and in us. We're going to continue to make you proud and continue the tradition here at North Georgia."
- Josh Profit '19 Marketing, UNG Baseball
I started my college career in Dahlonega in 2014. Since then, I have been a student athlete, a member of Greek life, a student worker, and a part of the nursing program. In every area across this spectrum, I have seen alumni pour their hearts into our campus. They are the reason I'm able to afford a college education! I am so grateful for UNG!"