GGC dean honored by Peach State Federal Credit Union scholarship

Jennifer Hendrickson, Dean Cathy Moore and Marshall Boutwell hold check for $25,000

Peach State Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) has established a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Cathy Moore, charter dean of the School of Education at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), who recently retired after 13 years of service to the college. Shown holding a ceremonial PSFCU check for $25,000 are Jennifer Hendrickson - GGC’s executive director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Dr. Cathy Moore, and Marshall Boutwell - president and CEO of PSFCU. Download high resolution image.

Peach State Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) has established a scholarship fund in honor of Dr. Cathy Moore, charter dean of the School of Education at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). Moore will retire later this month after 13 years of service to the college.

“Peach State was founded by Gwinnett County educators more than 58 years ago. Dr. Moore has paved the way for future educators in Gwinnett through her hard work and dedication to GGC,” said Peach State’s President/CEO, Marshall Boutwell. “We are proud to honor her legacy and the roots of our foundation through the support of future educators.”

“I am humbled and deeply appreciative that Mr. Boutwell has chosen to honor me in such an amazing way,” said Moore. “This scholarship will impact not only its recipients but also the children and youth who will be taught by the recipients once they graduate. I can think of no better way to invest in the future of Gwinnett County and surrounding region.”

Moore joined GGC in 2006 and led the creation of its education program, which now offers bachelor’s degrees in elementary education, middle grades education and special education, as well as teaching certificates in biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics and political science. 

Moore was instrumental in developing an innovative partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), ensuring quality student-teacher experiences that result in work-ready graduates. Through this pipeline, more than 800 graduates have been prepared to pursue a career in teaching, with the largest portion of those teaching in GCPS.

The Cathy Moore Scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis and may be applied to cover tuition, books, and/or required program supply expenses. Applicants must be admitted into one of the educator preparation programs at GGC and have a grade point average of 3.0 or above.

“The School of Education has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with PSFCU since 2010, when it established the first scholarship for education majors. Mr. Boutwell has been a devoted supporter of students pursuing 
majors that lead to teaching. This new scholarship will further that commitment by providing additional funding for students seeking to serve their community as educators,” Moore said. 

In addition to the original Peach State Federal Credit Union Scholarship Fund for education majors, PSFCU has provided support to GGC through the Peach State Federal Credit Union Grants Fund, the GGC Fund, the School of Business Fund, the Simulation Lab Matching Funds project for the School of Business, and the Daniel J. Kaufman Scholarship Fund. 

Boutwell and his wife, Lee, have provided personal support to the college and its students through the Lee and Marshall Boutwell Veterans Scholarship Endowed Fund. They support the GGC Fund, the School of Business Fund and the SIM Lab Matching Funds, as well. 

A member of the School of Business Board of Visitors, Boutwell frequently shares his knowledge and experience in GGC classrooms as a guest speaker.  

“We are deeply appreciative of the commitment that PSFCU, under the leadership of Marshall Boutwell, has shown to education. Our entire community is fortunate that PSFCU and the Boutwells have chosen to invest in the future by supporting our college and our students, particularly those who will pay it forward by becoming educators themselves,” said Dr. Jann L. Joseph, president. “It is especially meaningful that Peach State honors Dr. Cathy Moore with one of the first scholarships named for one of our faculty members because her leadership in particular has forever changed the face of education in Gwinnett County.”

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