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USG scholarship fundraiser aids in UNG student scholarships

Thanks to several scholarships, University of North Georgia (UNG) student Addyson Albershardt will graduate from college with zero debt. She shared her gratitude in a speech during the Regents' Scholarship Gala held March 2 at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta.

University of North Georgia (UNG) student Addyson Albershardt knows what it means to be grateful. Thanks to several scholarships, the senior kinesiology major from Charlotte, North Carolina, will graduate from college with zero debt.

"This is the gift that many of you have given to me," Albershardt said to the attendees of the Regents' Scholarship Gala held March 2 at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta.

The 14th annual event raised nearly $1 million to promote, support and provide need-based scholarships for students at the University System of Georgia’s (USG) 26 institutions, including UNG.

Through the leadership and direction of USG Foundation Chairman Regent Philip Wilheit, the Foundation Board and the USG Board of Regents, the annual gala supporting need-based aid completed another successful year.

"The gala serves as a reminder of the kind of progress that can be made when the forces of philanthropy and positive leadership come together," Wilheit said. "It’s the students who ultimately benefit and helping them succeed is the heart of everything we do."

Albershardt reiterated that point during her speech at the gala.

"I'm one student with one story who has benefitted from your generosity," she said.

The Regents’ Scholarship Gala also honored faculty, alumni and an individual or couple who exemplified true leadership and support of higher education in Georgia.

Each year, the USG Foundation presents the Regent Elridge McMillan Award to an individual or couple who has demonstrated a long and significant record of commitment and accomplishment on behalf of public higher education in Georgia. It is the highest honor the USG Foundation bestows.

The 2018 Elridge McMillan Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Billye and Henry “Hank” Aaron.

Gov. Nathan Deal presented the award onstage to Billye Aaron. Also onstage for the presentation were Wilheit, Elridge McMillan and USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley. Hank Aaron was unable to attend in person and sent a video of his acceptance.

The Foundation also recognized the recipients of the Regents Hall of Fame Alumni and Distinguished Friends Award, including:

  • Chantal and Tommy Bagwell, nominated by Kennesaw State University
  • Ann and Thomas G. Cousins, nominated by the University of Georgia
  • William A. Crider Jr., nominated by South Georgia State College
  • Carolyn Jernigan Glenn, nominated by Albany State University

The annual Regents’ Scholarship Gala included individuals from the USG’s 26 institutions, as well as supporters, donors, alumni, and businesses.

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