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Regents’ Awards to Spotlight Students, Faculty, Alumni on March 20

Regents’ Awards to Spotlight Students, Faculty, Alumni on March 20

On March 20, at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta, the Board of Regents, the University System of Georgia (USG) Foundation Board of Trustees and representatives from every System institution will join members of the corporate and philanthropic communities in celebration of higher education at the 6th annual Regents’ Awards for Excellence in Education.

This black-tie event, the primary fund-raiser for the University System of Georgia Foundation, celebrates and recognizes the successes of Georgia’s students, as well as outstanding University System faculty and alumni.

Additionally, the event honors an individual for extraordinary service to higher education in Georgia through the presentation of the Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award. S. Truett Cathy, the founder and CEO of Chick-fil-A, will receive this prestigious award. New this year will be the presentation of a Customer Service Award to highlight the University System’s commitment to delivering superior customer service.

Proceeds from the event go to support USG campuses by: providing funding for the President’s Choice Scholarships to students representing every institution in the University System and the Regents’ Foundation Scholarships; promoting academic excellence through the recognition of outstanding faculty honored at this prestigious event; and building the Foundation’s corpus to ensure the sustainability of continued support of the University System and the institutions.

Two scholarship recipients will be on stage at the event, representing all the deserving students who received scholarship awards this academic year. They are: Regents’ President’s Choice Scholarship recipient Anna Beck and Regents’ Foundation Scholarship recipient Curtis Foye.

Beck chose to attend North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) because of the campus’s close-knit environment, and the personalized instruction. A senior, Beck is a middle-grades education major who aspires to teach middle school math and science in inner city Atlanta, with the goal of working as an administrator in the future.

She notes all of the professors and faculty at NGCSU strive to make the college experience the best it can be, and she feels blessed to have spent four years at North Georgia.

Beck is very thankful for the President’s Choice Scholarship, saying, “I come from a family with 12 children. This has allowed me to focus on my classes and extracurricular activities without having to worry about finances.”

Foye is a freshman at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC). Clarkston Campus. Curtis says he chose GPC because of the small class sizes and the teacher- student ratio. After completing his first two years at Georgia Perimeter, Curtis hopes to attend Georgia State University to earn a degree in business administration, and plans to use his degree to become a marketing executive for a retail chain.

Curtis says that when he learned that he was receiving the Regents’ Foundation Scholarship, “it was a burden off my back— knowing that my books, tuition and fees were all taken care of. I am so grateful for this award.”

The program starts at 6 p.m. with a reception and a silent auction that will feature faculty and student works of art, along with numerous other items donated by companies and individuals. Dinner, followed by the awards program, begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Candace Sommer at 404-463-1745 or candace.sommer@

Posted by John Vanchella
Published in: Board of Regents

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