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Georgia Scholars Fund ensures young leaders can succeed at SU

Georgia Scholars Fund

Syracuse University has a tremendous track record of making college education accessible, affordable, and attainable for students and their families. In fact, between 2005 and 2012, SU-funded aid for full-time undergraduate students increased by 87% to more than $205 million. But while SU’s expanding geographical footprint is building depth for its schools and colleges, improving selectivity and diversity, and further strengthening SU’s reputation—it’s also increasing the need for financial resources.

In the Atlanta area alone, applications to SU have more than tripled in the past decade. Over 100 students hail from the Atlanta area, including 43 students in SU’s 2013-14 freshman class. Within this class are 10 students attending SU on four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships awarded through SU’s partnership with the Posse Foundation. Our Atlanta-based students represent a diverse cross-section of the broader community, coming from Henry Grady High School, George Walton High School, and Woodward Academy, among many others.

With a critical need to provide more scholarships and financial assistance for Georgia’s growing pool of applicants, the SU Alumni Club of Atlanta (SUACOA) and the Atlanta Regional Council are working to establish the Georgia Scholars Fund. The SUACOA president, Ian Thompson ’01, and Rey Pascual ’85 of the Atlanta Regional Council are co-managing the initiative.

The Georgia Scholars Fund will be an endowed scholarship fund used exclusively to reward academic achievement and provide need-based financial assistance to students from the state of Georgia.

“Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 2014, which would allow SU to start awarding scholarship funds for the 2015-16 academic year,” says Pascual. “Eventually, we hope to send a deserving Georgia student to SU on a full scholarship.”

Thompson says the Georgia Scholars Fund offers a great option for alumni and friends around the state to have an immediate, local impact with their giving. “This fund can help SU attract the best Georgia students while ensuring diversity and opportunity. And by reducing the burden of student loan repayments, we’re show our local students that they’re valued members of the SU family.”

The first gift to the Fund has already come from Metrotainment Cafes, the Atlanta-based restaurant group that owns several establishments including Hudson Grille. For several years, Hudson Grille has been the popular gathering place in Atlanta for SU fans to cheer on the Orange and for alumni club events. Jeffrey Landau, owner and chief executive officer, is originally from New York and provides a warm, welcoming environment for SU alumni and fans at all of his restaurants.

Alumni and friends interested in supporting the Georgia Scholars Fund and local students can make a gift directly online.

To learn more about the Georgia Scholars Fund and how you can support local SU students, contact Karen Spear, executive director of regional advancement, at 315.443.2410 or