from left, Marshall Boutwell, Gwinnett Federal Credit Union;
Lucinda Scrivener, GFCU Scholarship recipient; Matthew Reeves,
Gwinnett County Bar Association; Matthew Montgomery,
GCBA Scholarship recipient; Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, Georgia
Gwinnett College President; Greg Shumate, Linda Shumate;
Danielle Buice, Linda Shumate Scholarship recipient;
Tammy Shumate, Linda Shumate Scholarship; Michael Schelke,
Antonio Damián Scholarship; Nicholas Bon, Antonio Damián
Scholarship recipient and Dr. Jessica Damián, Antonio Damián
Georgia Gwinnett College recently honored the donors supporting four of its first student scholarship funds at a reception.
“For these donors, it was the first chance they’ve had to meet the students whose lives are forever changed by their generosity,” said Lori Buckheister, director of Development at GGC. “This was the first of what we hope will be an annual event at which the college and its students can express their gratitude and describe what a difference these scholarships can make in helping them achieve their dreams.”
Danielle Buice, one of the first recipients of the Linda Shumate Scholarship, made a presentation on behalf of the student scholarship recipients. She described her family’s hardships and her mother’s perseverance after her father died in a plane crash when she was very young. She described how she feared her college career would end when her mother recently lost her job.
“I thought I might have to leave school or take on massive student loans to stay enrolled,” she said. However, faculty mentors told Buice about the Linda Shumate Scholarship, which has a designated preference for students who have lost a parent. She applied for and received the scholarship, enabling her to stay in college.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to personally thank Greg and Tammy Shumate,” said Buice, a senior majoring in biology. “I plan to go to graduate school and pursue a profession in the allied health field. I wouldn’t be here today without your support.”
The event honored donors for the Antonio Damián Scholarship, awarded to Nicholas Bon, a senior majoring in English; the Gwinnett County Bar Association Endowed Scholarship, awarded to Matthew Montgomery, a sophomore majoring in political science; the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union Scholarship, awarded to Lucinda Scrivener, a senior in special education; and the Linda Shumate Scholarship, awarded to Buice as well as Ashley Rivera, a junior majoring in history.