Donor Recognition

Donor Recognition

Alumnus establishes scholarship to encourage aspiring teachers
Some Georgia College students pursuing a teaching career will have an easier time affording their higher education because of Foundation Trustee Bill Jones, ’86, and his scholarship opportunity.

Dr. John Sallstrom’s vast actions greatly shaped Georgia College and the community
It was in Sept. 1967 that the teaching window of opportunity opened for Dr. John Sallstrom. You could say that it was his destiny as both of his parents were teachers, but more notably, it was his passion for learning that drove him toward teaching. He enjoyed learning by interacting with students. It was this desire for knowledge and a deep concern for others that would transform his labors into great achievements at Georgia College and in the community.

Dr. Maidana Nunn on orchestrating the perfect balance between giving and volunteering
A deep love of music and a strong desire to ease the burden of expenses for college students inspired Dr. Maidana Nunn ’57 to open her heart and provide a $25,000 endowed fund for Georgia College music students, known as the Dr. Maidana Nunn ’57 Scholarship. The scholarship is part of a matching grant for the university’s 125th Anniversary Scholarship Campaign where endowed scholarships are matched from $10,000 to $25,000.

Alumna Brenda Mason’s determination is vital to success
Georgia College Foundation Trustee Brenda Mason knows quite a bit about entrepreneurship. Brenda and her husband Harold started Mason Sales Company Inc. serving the forest products industry in 1982 in the corner of their family room with a typewriter, calculator, ledger book and some invoices.

Casting futures one Bobcat at a time
At age four, Ron Mertz discovered his zeal for fishing. It was during fishing trips that he took with his father to his uncle’s cottage in Wisconsin that sparked his interest and formed special bonds. Now, in his memory, Ron’s wife Karen wants to engage students in the fishing experience by offering scholarships through the Ron Mertz Endowed Scholarship Fund and donations for the fishing team.

James “Skip” Willcox matches skill with service
About five years ago, James “Skip” Willcox took up tennis. He started playing with some friends at least twice a week to stay active. Now, it’s turned into his passion and so has giving back to the community through this sport.

Alumna Coreda Shaw, ’58, is a beacon in guiding students toward their goals
After 40 years of working as a guidance counselor in Henry County, Georgia, Coreda Shaw isn’t ready to leave behind her love of helping students plot their future course just yet. Although retired, she continues her mission in coaching students toward success.

Georgia College & State University, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, residential learning communities, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.