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Take the Georgia Scholars Fund challenge!

Georgia Scholars Fund gift

Fundraising efforts for the Georgia Scholars Fund are off to a terrific start, thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of Atlanta-area SU alumni and friends. To date, nearly $30,000 has been raised to help Georgia students pursue their SU dreams. And now a new challenge gift aims to help the fund reach a $50,000 goal by the year’s end!

Rey Pascual ’85, SU trustee and Atlanta Regional Council chair, is challenging SU alumni and friends to support the Georgia Scholars Fund between now and December 31, 2013—and he’ll match every gift up to a total of $10,000! Make a gift.

In October—just a month after it was established—the SU Alumni Club of Atlanta (SUACOA) made a $4,000 gift to the fund. Ian Thompson ’01, president of the SUACOA, presented the club’s gift to Laurie Taishoff ’84, SU trustee and Alumni Association president, and Karen Spear, executive director of regional advancement.

When the SUACOA and the Atlanta Regional Council teamed up to create the Georgia Scholars Fund, the groups had today’s Georgia students and those of tomorrow in mind. The fund will reward academic achievement and provide need-based assistance for students from around the state —and the need has never been greater.

Applications to SU from students in the greater Atlanta metro area have tripled in the past decade, and today more than 100 SU students hail from Atlanta alone.

“We’re thrilled to see a growing number of SU applicants from Georgia, but it means we need to provide more scholarships and financial assistance for them,” Thompson says. “Now we’re asking SU alumni and friends around the state to join the effort and help keep building momentum for the fund.”

Pascual believes the fund offers an exceptional opportunity to elevate SU’s profile in the region, let current students and parents know they have a local support network, and to foster a spirit of multiyear giving.

“We want the Georgia Scholars Fund to create a perpetual legacy of our alumni and friends in the Atlanta area, forever connecting them to future generations of local SU students,” Pascual says. “We welcome gifts of any amount, of course, but our hope is that people will consider making the fund one of their annual philanthropic priorities at whatever level is comfortable.”

Anyone interested in supporting the Georgia Scholars Fund can make a gift online, or contact Karen Spear at 315.443.2410 or ksspear@syr.edu to learn more and make a multiyear pledge.