The University of Georgia was recently awarded a $500,000 commitment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish five scholarships aimed at helping future teachers.
The gift, which is matched through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program, established five need-based scholarships benefiting low-income students enrolled at UGA to study early childhood education.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students, and we are thankful for the support from the Kellogg Foundation,” said Denise Spangler, dean of the UGA College of Education, which houses the early childhood education program and other teacher-preparation degrees. “Because our students spend so much time in local classrooms, it’s difficult to maintain a second job with their schedule. Scholarship support is essential to help our students focus on their training.”
Matching funds provided by the UGA Foundation through the Georgia Commitment Scholarship Program will enhance the Kellogg Foundation’s commitment to removing barriers and opening doors for students—one of the three priorities of the university’s Commit to Georgia Campaign. The program provides a one-to-one match for gifts of $50,000, $75,000 and $100,000 to endow need-based scholarships at UGA.