Gwinnett Tech Foundation Receives a $10,000 Grant from Verizon to Fund Scholarships

GWINNETT — The Gwinnett Tech Foundation was presented with a $10,000 grant by Verizon to help fund Engineering and Business Technology scholarships.

Verizon has been a longtime supporter of educational initiatives that provide underserved students the skills needed for success in college or career. With a focus on using technology to help build a brighter future, Verizon has generously provided the Gwinnett Tech Foundation with funding to support student success in both our Business Technology and Engineering Technology programs. Scholarships will be awarded beginning in Fall 2020 to qualifying students who demonstrate both academic achievement and financial need.

“We are so grateful for Verizon’s support of our students and programs. Gwinnett Tech plays a vital role in the provision of a skilled workforce and for this reason it is critical that we keep up with industry demand in growing technology sectors. Verizon’s grant is a vital component of supporting students in these growing industries,” stated Ebony Starks, Executive Director, Gwinnett Tech Foundation.

The Gwinnett Tech Foundation offers approximately 177 scholarship opportunities annually to offset the costs of tuition, fees, books, and related program supplies. These scholarships play an important role in alleviating barriers to a student’s ability to complete their education. Since 1994, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation has invested over $43 million in student and program support, with $5.5 million being used for scholarships and tuition assistance. Nearly 10,000 students have been served through the Foundation’s programs.

“Verizon remains steadfast in our commitment to bridging the digital divide in underserved communities,” said Julie Smith, Director-Government Affairs, Verizon.  “Our mission is to broaden opportunities that prepare individuals for meaningful careers now, and for generations to come.  We are proud to partner with Gwinnett Technical College’s leadership to work toward this goal in the community.”


About Gwinnett Tech: Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia’s largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of its community. The College offers more than 140 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech is Gwinnett County’s largest provider of corporate training and also serves residents and businesses in North Fulton County. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit GwinnettTech.edu. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018.  The company offers voice, data and video services and solutions on its award winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.