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December 15, 2011
Clarke Family Nursing Scholarship Endowment Established at Gwinnett Tech
Four GTC Registered Nursing Students Receive Fund's First Scholarships
The family of Gwinnett-native Ione Huff Clarke has established the Clarke Family Nursing Scholarship Endowment at Gwinnett Technical College, donating over $450,000 to create a fund that will award multiple scholarships each year. Earlier this month, four Gwinnett Tech nursing students were honored as the fund's charter scholarship recipients.
The endowment is funded by the estate of Elmer and Ione Clarke through their sons, Jim, Gary and David. The fund provides scholarships to deserving first- and second-year nursing students at GTC who have also distinguished themselves academically.
"We are so honored to have been selected by the Clarkes to help carry on their family's legacy and commitment to healthcare and healing. Jim, Gary and David Clarke are continuing the work their parents started in such a meaningful way – by creating a legacy that will benefit GTC students and Gwinnett residents for generations to come," said Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Technical College.
Born in Duluth, Ione Clarke was a devoted nurse for 40 years. She was a graduate of West Georgia College and the Macon School of Nursing, eventually working in pediatric, surgery and emergency departments.
"We selected Gwinnett Technical College as the recipient of the donation because of their new nursing program. Our father was a hospital administrator and our mother was a registered nurse. Our family also has a strong association with Gwinnett County, dating back to the 1800s," explained the Clarke sons.
Receiving the first four scholarships from the Clarke Family Nursing Scholarship Endowment are:
Gwinnett Tech offers an associate degree of nursing, launched in 2009. The college graduated its first class of 31 registered nursing candidates in June 2011. Gwinnett Tech's new Life Sciences Center has enabled the college to expand the nursing program, which accepted 60 students this fall. In all, Gwinnett Tech offers more than a dozen health science programs that lead to careers in healthcare and life sciences.
GTC also offers almost 50 other degree, diploma and certificate options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.
Donations to The Gwinnett Tech Foundation may be made online at www.GwinnettTech.edu/Foundation or by calling 678-226-6363.
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