Lena Nygaard, a sophomore majoring in physics on the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Gainesville Campus, has been awarded a Ty Cobb Educational Foundation Scholarship.
The $2,500 scholarship is need-based and renewable. The Ty Cobb Educational Foundation, established by famous baseball player Tyrus R. Cobb, was created for the purpose of assisting capable and deserving residents of Georgia who need financial assistance in completing their college education. Born in Hungary, Nygaard also lived in England and Mexico before moving to Georgia for her last two years of high school.
"I was originally planning on taking a semester or two off after senior year as I was still only 17 and wasn't sure what I wanted to major in," Nygaard said. "A lot of people who graduated with me were going to UNG, and I had heard a lot of good things about the school, so, rather than take time off, I decided to pursue an associate's degree at UNG."
Nygaard discovered an affinity for science in the third grade, and said the fascination has never left her. She is undecided about what she wants to pursue after her first two years of college, but said that one of several possibilities is a transfer to the Georgia Institute of Technology.
"This scholarship will help me in covering transportation costs and other expenses during the school year," Nygaard said. "I live about 45 minutes away from the Gainesville Campus, so it's quite a ways to drive there and back three days a week. I've really enjoyed the teachers here at UNG as well as the students and friends I've been able to make."
To date, the Ty Cobb Educational Foundation has awarded more than $14.6 million to Georgia students.