President Jere W. Morehead with students at the 2022 Presidents Club Reception.
I enjoyed seeing many of you at the 2022 Presidents Club Reception on October 7. This event is but a small way to express our gratitude to all Presidents Club members for your continued commitment to the University of Georgia. Every donor plays a critical role in our success, so please accept my appreciation on behalf of the entire University.
Twice per year, we send you this newsletter to showcase the ways you help the University of Georgia improve lives through teaching, research, and service. As you will read below, support from donors like you allows us to address students’ mental health needs; continue the legacy of pioneers like Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Hamilton Holmes, and Mary Frances Early; send students to study abroad; and ensure that cost is not the deciding factor as to whether a student enrolls at UGA.
With sincere gratitude,
22nd President of the University of Georgia
Please enjoy this video celebrating your support of the University of Georgia, which debuted during the 2022 Presidents Club Reception, and photos from the photo booth at the event.
Christie and Scott Krase, UGA parents who established the Sunshine Fund.
Sunshine Fund Increases Capacity for Helping Students
As a result of changes to their family’s financial status during the COVID-19 pandemic, some students weren’t able to afford their co-pays for psychiatric and counseling appointments. This is where the Sunshine Fund, housed in Student Care and Outreach (SCO), lent a hand.
UGA parents Scott and Christie Krase established the Sunshine Fund in 2020. The fund helps SCO respond to immediate student mental well-being needs; improve SCO’s ability to work proactively with campus partners; enhance initiatives for suicide prevention; and allocate funds for off-campus counseling, therapy, recovery, and treatment centers.
Camille Jones (AB '22, BS '22) on North Campus.
1961 Club Donors Support a Brighter Future
“Receiving the Black Alumni Scholarship allowed me to come into UGA knowing that I had a family of people at my school who were going to support me all the way through. It took a great financial burden off my family, which was very helpful!”
- Camille Jones (AB ’22, BS ’22)
The Black Alumni Scholarship Fund removes financial barriers that may prevent undergraduate students from enrolling at UGA and/or completing their degrees, and members of the 1961 Club have given more than $500,000 to this fund since the giving society began in 2018. The scholarships are renewable and can support a student for four years, totaling $21,000 in aid.
ValaRae Partee (BSENVE '14), center, at the Black Engineer of the Year conference in 2012 where she received an award for leadership.
ValaRae Partee Doesn’t Stop Building Legacies
ValaRae Partee (BSENVE ’14) is an environmental engineer at one of the top consulting firms in the country, where she designs and builds facilities that provide clean water to millions of people in the Southeast. Her grandfather wanted to become an engineer but didn’t due to a lack of visible Black professionals in the field, and his experience has greatly influenced her career path.
Wells Ellenberg Makes UGA Even Better
“I’m reminded every day of how fortunate I am to be a UGA alumnus, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back to the next generation of Bulldogs. The School of Public and International Affairs Alumni in Support of Excellence Fund enables critical investments in study abroad scholarships, assistance for underrepresented students and other priorities to help students and alumni continue to make meaningful, positive impacts on the communities we serve.”
- Wells Ellenberg (AB ’13)
Heritage Society Tailgate is November 5
This year’s event takes place on November 5 and gathers this giving society’s members for a celebration. Learn more about the legacies being established by these dedicated Bulldogs.
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