A new scholarship to honor University of North Georgia (UNG) alumnus Christopher Ray Gore, a longtime art teacher at Dawson County High School who was instrumental in growing the school's visual arts program, has been endowed to support visual arts students.
The Chris Gore Art Scholarship Fund will be presented annually to a student studying visual arts at UNG.
|Margaret and Ray Gore with a painting by their
son, Chris Gore.
"The scholarship fund established by Ray and Margaret Gore in memory of their son, Chris Gore, will benefit new students and current students who seek funding to continue working toward their degrees at UNG," said Dr. Pam Sachant, head of the Department of Visual Arts. "The scholarships that the department will be able to award due to the Gores' generosity acknowledge and reward the talent and dedication these young artists bring to their studies."
Gore, who was from Ben Hill, Georgia, earned a Bachelor of Science in art education from UNG in 1978, where he was a member of Alpha Psi Omega fraternity. He died in August at age 62.
He taught art for 37 years at Dawson County High School, retiring as head of the art department and assistant director of the theater program. During his tenure, he transformed an art class with very few materials into a full department. He not only taught students the skills to create art, but also to plan and direct their own art shows and interact with the surrounding community.
Gore's greatest passions were teaching and art, said Jennifer Brinson, a former student of Gore's who was inspired to follow in his footsteps to attend UNG and teach at Dawson County High School. When Gore retired, she became head of the high school's art department.
"Chris Gore meant so much to his students, coworkers, friends, community, and family. In his eyes we were all put in the category of family," Brinson said. "All of his students, including myself, are all so blessed to have had him as a teacher, mentor, friend, and a patriarch to our close art alumni family. When Chris retired, he made sure I was ready to care for his program the way he did. He understood how important an art education can be for a student's growth and he truly made it a mission to continue advocating. I feel so unbelievably appreciative to Chris Gore for giving me the opportunity to step into his shoes and I will work hard to grow into them."
Gore won several awards during his teaching career, including the Woodruff Arts Center Award, the Coca-Cola Teacher of the Year Award and the STAR Teacher Award.
To contribute to the Chris Gore Art Scholarship Fund, contact Amy Brackett, a development officer with UNG's College of Arts & Letters, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about scholarships available through the University of North Georgia Foundation Inc., including how to apply, visit http://ung.edu/financial-aid/apply-for-aid/scholarships.php.