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Forsyth County Arts Alliance establishes UNG scholarship

University of North Georgia Foundation Inc. Chairman Richard D. White and Forsyth County Arts Alliance Chairman Roberts-Betsch sign an agreement creating a new scholarship for Forsyth County students. Standing from left to right are FCAA board members Laura Pate, Trevor Riedinger, Carla Beasley, and James McCoy.

The Forsyth County Arts Alliance (FCAA) board has established an endowed scholarship at the University of North Georgia (UNG) for Forsyth County students pursuing art or art education.

"We are delighted that our good partners at the Arts Alliance have chosen to make an investment in the lives of students in Forsyth County through the establishment of this scholarship endowment at UNG," said UNG Foundation Inc. Chairman Richard D. White. "We are incredibly grateful to the Forsyth County Arts Alliance for creating this wonderful opportunity for students."

The Forsyth County Arts Alliance Arts Scholarship Fund was announced in March at the UNG Scholarship Ball, which raised $340,498 of the $1 million the university raised for student scholarships during the previous year.

Linda Roberts-Betsch, FCAA chairwoman and a former vice president of academic affairs at UNG, and board members met with White on Aug. 28 to sign the memorandum of agreement to establish the scholarship. 

"This scholarship endowment is a natural extension of our long-term relationship with UNG as we have supported excellent arts programming for years," Roberts-Betsch said. "The board felt strongly they wanted to support a Forsyth student majoring in the arts at UNG."

Previous support from FCAA includes last year's awarding of two grants totaling $15,000 to support music and visual arts at UNG. The grants provided the opportunity for UNG students and members of the Cumming community to broaden their knowledge of art and music through partnerships between the university and other groups.

The new scholarship will be available for students in the 2015-2016 academic year. Scholarship recipients must be a graduate of any Forsyth County high school and major in art education or music education in their junior or senior year; interested students can apply for the scholarship through UNG's Office of Financial Aid.

"Creating an endowed scholarship program for UNG students is simple and the best way to impact the lives of students for generations to come," said Dr. Andrew J. Leavitt, CEO of the UNG Foundation. 

Those interested in creating a scholarship at UNG, can contact Leavitt at

FCAA ensures that the arts are sustained through advocacy of the arts, cultivating public participation, and creating partnerships between the artistic, business and cultural communities in the Cumming-Forsyth region. FCAA is a fund of the North Georgia Community Foundation that serves 15 counties across northeastern Georgia.

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