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Blue Ridge Campus establishes first dedicated scholarship

Students attending the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Blue Ridge Campus will be eligible for support from the campus's first dedicated scholarship beginning in fall 2017.

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Students of UNG's Blue Ridge Campus meet the university's mascot, Nigel the Nighthawk.

"I am so excited and grateful to UNG for making this scholarship fund a possibility to serve the students at our Blue Ridge Campus," said Sandy Ott, director for UNG's Blue Ridge Campus. "So many of our students are working full or part time, taking classes, and handling family responsibilities. This scholarship is a wonderful way to support those students who are working so hard."

The Georgia Mountains Opportunity Scholarship Fund received its first donation on May 24 from Dr. Fred Siegel, interim associate vice president of Enrollment Management at UNG. Scholarship amounts will be determined based on the number of students applying and financial resources of the fund. To receive the scholarship, students must:

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Charlotte Wade with photo of her grandmother.
  • Be enrolled at the Blue Ridge Campus and pursuing a degree
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be in good academic standing

"My grandmother grew up in northwestern Union County and longed for the dream of a college education," said Charlotte Wade, executive director for business services at UNG, who also donated to the scholarship fund. "It just wasn't possible in the early 1900s. But today, with the UNG Blue Ridge Campus my grandmother could have earned her degree; this campus would have made a difference in her life."

Kimberly Miller, coordinator of community outreach for the Blue Ridge Campus, said that the scholarship gives everyone a stake in the successful future of each student attending the campus.

"This scholarship allows us all the opportunity to impact our neighbors and community, and offers alumni in the area a wonderful means to support their alma mater and local students," Miller said.

Most UNG students receive some type of financial aid, from scholarships and grants to student loans, and the need for scholarships continues to rise. This April, UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs announced at the fourth annual Scholarship Gala that, over the past three years, UNG has increased scholarship funding from less than $500,000 to nearly $2.5 million annually.

UNG's Blue Ridge Campus opened in fall 2015 with 21 students in two classes and two full-time faculty. This fall, the campus anticipates some 80 students in 15 classes with five full-time faculty.

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