The University Of North Georgia's (UNG) Office of Residence Life has awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships to 34 students through the Residence Life Leadership Scholarship Program, funded by its housing partner Corvias Campus Living.
The program provides scholarship opportunities for UNG juniors and seniors living in non-cadet housing who hold key leadership positions across campus and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
"With the rising cost of living and tuition, every little bit of financial support helps," said Treva Smith, director of Residence Life at UNG. "Because of the tremendous generosity of our housing partner, Corvias, we are able to help out those students who are good examples of how to successfully balance organizational leadership and service to other students."
Scholarships in the amount of $500 per semester were automatically awarded to qualifying students involved in various campus organizations including the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association and UNG Ambassadors for the fall and spring semesters.
"I am an early childhood/special education dual major and that requires me to drive everyday either to the UNG Gainesville Campus or my internship site in Oakwood," said Elizabeth Jagus, president of the UNG chapter of Campus Cursive, and a resident assistant for Residence Life. "Getting this scholarship was precisely what I needed to help cover the cost of being in the education program."
The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents partnered with Corvias Campus Living to develop, construct, manage, renovate and maintain student housing in this unprecedented public-private partnership.
On the Dahlonega Campus, Corvias Campus Living has been a vital partner in the construction of The Commons, a four-story residence hall that will house approximately 536 students. Scheduled to be opened this fall, the new residence hall will be located across the street from the UNG Dining Hall and will increase the total number of residence halls on the campus to nine.
"I see the benefits of more students being able to live on campus and connect will all the on-campus opportunities Dahlonega has to offer. It will be a wonderful time of growth for this campus and I am looking forward to seeing how we continue to grow as a community," Jagus said.
For future semesters, the scholarships will involve an application process. Residence Life will be soliciting applicants among students who have signed housing contracts for the 2016-2017 school year.