2017-2018 DONOR Impact Report University of North Georgia Foundation

All of us at the University of North Georgia Foundation salute you and your commitment to our mission of educating exceptional leaders and engaged citizens.

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

Thanks to you, UNG students have the momentum needed to learn and grow into the future leaders of North Georgia and the world.

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

Thank you, first-time donors!

We celebrate many noteworthy firsts at the University of North Georgia - especially our first-time donors. We are grateful to the 979 alumni and friends who made their first gift to the university in 2017-2018. We hope it's the first of many.

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

Your support helped ensure that those who desire to serve our nation are able to afford their education and receive world-class military training.

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

Your donations empowered student-athletes to achieve excellence on the field - in 13 NCAA Division II sports - and in the classroom.

Alumni support had a lasting impact on UNG's talented and deserving students.

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!"

- Hannah Peevy '18, Nursing, UNG Rifle Team

UNG's faculty & staff supported their students' educational journeys with gifts of time, expertise, and treasure.

I give because education is important to me. This scholarship can have an immediate impact on students, giving them a chance, or a second chance, to attain their educational goals. As a non-traditional student who was blessed with scholarships, I want to help those students who need the support. This is also a meaningful way for me to give back to my community."

- Anna Speessen, UNG Upward Bound Counselor

A message from the Chief Executive Officer of UNG Foundation & Vice President for University Advancement

Thank you for your support of the University of North Georgia. Your commitment ensures and safeguards the university's prominence as a State Leadership Institution and one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. We are grateful for the important role you have played in empowering minds, building courage, and fostering perseverance in tomorrow's leaders. With every dollar donated, the greater UNG's impact is in North Georgia and around the globe.

- Jeff Tarnowski



Unrestricted annual gifts to the UNG Fund from alumni, parents, students and friends allow UNG to fulfill its mission to provide a culture of academic excellence and to develop students into leaders. We are grateful to the 386 donors who contributed $102,398 to this critically important fund in the 2017-2018 year.

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