The Primerica Foundation Grants $75,000 to Establish Scholarship Funds at Gwinnett Tech

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON

The Primerica Foundation, the charitable arm of the Duluth financial services company Primerica, has granted $50,000 to Gwinnett Technical College to establish two scholarship funds that will provide assistance to 40 low-to-moderate income students for tuition, books and program supplies annually.

The Primerica Foundation
(left to right) Margaret Halbert, secretary; Anne Soutter, vice president and vice-chairman; Karen Fine Saltiel, president and chairman; and Bill Nemetz, treasurer, all of The Primerica Foundation; and Dr. D. Glen Cannon, president, Gwinnett Technical College

Karen Fine Saltiel, president and founding chairman of The Primerica Foundation, recently visited campus along with Gwinnett Tech President Dr. Glen Cannon to commemorate the establishment of The Primerica Foundation Scholarship & The Barbara T. King Scholarship for Women. Total grant funding from the foundation was $75,000 to establish these scholarships.

“Primerica and Gwinnett Tech have grown up together in the same community – we have a long history of supporting the college,” said Saltiel, “We also have a vested interest in the success of Gwinnett Tech-- because the students of today are the workforce of tomorrow.”

Over the last 17 years, Primerica and The Primerica Foundation have provided Gwinnett Tech with funding totaling $260,000. This funding has given hundreds of low-to moderate income students the opportunity for a college education.

“Gwinnett Tech and our deserving students are grateful beneficiaries of Primerica’s support of higher education. Primerica has been an active partner with Gwinnett Tech for many years and the college and the community are enriched not only through their funding, but also through the active participation of their leadership team,” said Dr. Cannon.

The Barbara T. King Scholarship for Women honors the late Primerica executive known for her community leadership. King served on the board for Gwinnett Tech from 1997-2003 and advocated for the organization, not only at the local community level, but at the state level as well. The Barbara T. King Scholarship for Women at Gwinnett Tech honors Barbara’s many contributions to the college.

The scholarship provides funding for female students enrolled in a Gwinnett Tech associate degree program within the Health Sciences division. Scholarships will be awarded at $1,250 on an annual basis per student. Health Sciences programs include: Bioscience, Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Assisting, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Assistant, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care and Surgical Technology.

The Primerica Foundation Scholarship funds general scholarships for students enrolled in a certificate, diploma or degree program at Gwinnett Tech. Scholarships will be awarded at $1,250 on an annual basis per student. The scholarship funds will cover all program areas of the college.

In addition to foundation funding for the new scholarships, Primerica has supported several other GTC programs with corporate funds including: New Connections to Work Program, the Adult Education Program, and the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center, the Media Resource Center, LMI College Access Programs and Workforce Development programs.

GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580.

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November 13, 2014