The University of North Georgia is holding a golf tournament on Oct. 14 at Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville, Ga., to raise funds for student scholarships.
Increasing support for students has been one of the top priorities of UNG President Bonita Jacobs, who established the UNG Presidential Scholarship Program and a new annual fundraising event as part of spring inauguration activities.
"Many students do not get the chance to experience college without the benefit of scholarships," Jacobs said. "I am grateful to the university's two philanthropic foundations for the extraordinary work they continue to do on behalf of our students and our donors who generously invest in student scholarships."
Most UNG students receive some type of financial aid, from scholarships and grants to student loans. The university offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships to students, cadets and scholar-athletes ranging from a few hundred dollars for books and supplies to full scholarships worth several thousand dollars.
Briana Bailey, a pre-pharmacy student who receives funds from the George H. and Marilyn R. Kilpatrick Trust, said she'd like to become a donor after she finishes school.
"I really like the feeling of having someone put their money and their trust in what I'm going to do," she said. "I'm going to become a donor when I get out of college; I think it's really important for students to have that push."
The UNG Alumni Scholarship Cup is a continuation of the successful scholarship tournament held for nearly three decades by the former Gainesville State College. Phil Collins, UNG's associate vice president of alumni relations and annual giving, said the funds raised through the Oct. 14 tournament will support the UNG Scholarship Fund.
"UNG competes with much bigger schools for the best and the brightest students, leaders, scholars and athletes and when they arrive, we compete to retain them. Our ability to accomplish both is directly related to available scholarship funds," Collins said.
UNG holds two golf tournaments each year for student scholarships – a spring tournament to benefit athletic scholarships that coincides with the university's Alumni Weekend and the fall event that benefits general student scholarships.
"Our goal is to max out the field in each of these tournaments and to attract individual and corporate sponsors who will support our students year after year," Collins said. "There is nothing like the camaraderie of being with fellow UNG alumni and friends for the purpose of helping some of the best students in the nation achieve their goals."
Individual entries for the UNG Alumni Scholarship Cup, which begins at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, are $125 per person or $500 per four-person team. Mulligans can be purchased for $10 each for up to three or three for $20. Additional sponsorships are available and players also can make additional contributions to the scholarship fund.
The UNG Alumni Scholarship Cup is sponsored by Conditioned Air Systems Inc., A.C.E. Catering, American Protein, McDonald's and United Community Bank. In addition, an anonymous donor paid for entry for a team of four to be given to four members of the Georgia National Guard.