GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON – On Wednesday, April 18 the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, celebrated a record year of giving as more than 200 scholarship recipients were given the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the donors that made their scholarship awards possible. This year alone, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation awarded more than 269 scholarships, in excess of $164,000. Through short term loans and emergency assistance, the Foundation helped more than 2,000 students continue to complete their dream of achieving their educational goals.
The event, sponsored by Atlanta Classic Cars and Peach State Federal Credit Union, gave the students a unique opportunity to personally thank their benefactors. Donors were able to meet the people behind the applications and offer up powerful words of support and encouragement. Jonna Kirkwood, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Georgia Region, shared with the group her personal testimony of being a scholarship recipient years ago and how that experience changed the trajectory of her life and now allows her to give back today.
Mikhail Britt, a Trustee of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, told how the generosity of the donors truly does change lives. He said to the donors, “Let us not give to get, but to inspire others to give.”
- A powerful video was then unveiled that told stories of great impact. Samuel Duru, a nursing student shared how his scholarship from the GW Scholarship and Strickland Scholarship has opened the doors to his future, from earning his GED at Gwinnett Tech to going on to complete the Surgical Technology program, and now enrolled in the Gwinnett Tech nursing program. Michelle Taylor spoke of how the Assistance League of Atlanta Scholarship has helped her continue her studies through family medical situations, Jennifer Camacho, a U.S. Army veteran shared how her D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Veterans Award helped her discover a new career in photography and build an exciting new life.
Dr. D. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Tech, shared words of gratitude to the donors saying, “We are blessed in this community to have individuals and companies that give back. Our community support is what makes Gwinnett Tech and our students exceptional.” Dr. Cannon continued, “We appreciate you from the bottom of our hearts. Thanks to your giving and caring, we change lives. We change generations.”
The celebration continued with the presentation of some annual awards.
- William George received the Dr. Richard Ludwig Award for his leadership and dedication to horticulture. Dr. Richard Ludwig. Upon his retirement from Gwinnett Tech’s Horticulture Program, an award was established to recognize a Horticulture student who exemplifies dedication, leadership and a passion for the Horticulture program.
- Barry Roach was named the Horticulture Student of the Year and won the Mountain Shadow Garden Club Award for environmental and horticulture studies.
- Katie Cook was honored with the Michael Upchurch Anatomy & Physiology Award. This recipient is an exceptional student and leader. They are always willing to help other students and faculty, and bring great talent and ideas to their work.
In closing Mikhail Britt said, “Students, we challenge you to take what has been awarded to you, go forth, and live your dreams. We encourage you to ‘pay it forward’ through your knowledge of learning, your future career goals and the mentoring you will provide to those who follow in your footsteps.”
For more information, visit GwinnettTech.edu/foundation/ or call 678-226-6263.