GGC to benefit from SunTrust grant providing full tuition scholarship

Georgia Gwinnett College is one of 10 institutions in the Atlanta metro area selected to benefit from a $50,000 SunTrust Foundation grant to the University System of Georgia (USG) Foundation. The grant will fund the “SunTrust Scholars” program, which is intended to enable Georgia students facing significant financial barriers to attend college.

Georgia Gwinnett College is one of 10 institutions in the Atlanta metro area selected to benefit from a $50,000 SunTrust Foundation grant to the University System of Georgia (USG) Foundation. The grant will fund the “SunTrust Scholars” program, which is intended to enable Georgia students facing significant financial barriers to attend college.

“Thanks to the SunTrust Foundation’s generous gift, one Georgia Gwinnett College student will receive a scholarship covering full tuition for the 2011-12 academic year,” said Gordon Harrison, president of the GGC Foundation.“In addition, the GGC SunTrust Scholar will receive a stipend to cover a portion of their additional expenses, such as books and fees.”

This is the first grant awarded directly to the USG Foundation to provide scholarships for students attending multiple USG institutions. The SunTrust scholars will be selected by the respective institutions themselves, according to specified criteria including a high school GPA between 2.5 and 2.99.

“As an access institution, we are very appreciative of the SunTrust Foundation’s focus on helping students overcome financial barriers and realize the dream of a college education,” Harrison said. “The SunTrust scholarship is perfectly suited for Georgia Gwinnett College, where our programs are designed to help all students succeed.”

“We at SunTrust realize that a college education directly and positively impacts individual lives, benefits society, and promotes the economic viability of the state,” said E. Jenner Wood III, chairman of SunTrust Bank Georgia. “We are pleased to provide this grant award to benefit Georgia’s students and the institutions they will be attending.”

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