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GSW celebrates donors, scholarship recipients at annual luncheon

AMERICUS, GA (March 10, 2023) – Georgia Southwestern State University scholarship recipients mingled and shared a meal with their benefactors at the 14th Annual Donor-Scholar Luncheon on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Sponsored by Georgia Southwestern and the GSW Foundation, the event honored both groups for their commitment and support of GSW. Over 120 donors, scholars, and faculty and staff members were in attendance for the luncheon held in the Private Dining Room of the Thomas O. Marshall Jr. Pavilion.

The featured student speakers included Tylah Kalukango, a junior middle grades education major from Atlanta, Ga. and recipient of the Mary Dupree Education Scholarship; Henderson Hurdle, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Macon, Ga. and recipient of the Shannon Knopes Scholarship, Dr. Charles L. Mix Memorial Fund Scholarship, and the Pope Fellows & Caregiving Scholarship; and Colby Gordon, a senior accounting major from Gray, Ga. and recipient of the Frances B. Jones Scholarship and the James G. Deriso Scholarship.

In his closing remarks, GSW President Neal Weaver, Ph.D., stated that almost half of the freshman entering GSW each year are first-generation college students. He went on to say that because of the donors’ support to student scholarships, these students [and all students] are able to change the direction of their life and their family’s life for generations to come.

“Your donation to them is more than money,” he told the donors in attendance. “It is a helping hand to a new status in life and new opportunities for their family because you’re investing in the future of our community for generations to come.”

Weaver also noted that scholarships allow GSW students to develop outside of the classroom by doing things such as leading a student organization, conducting research, attending student events and activities, and volunteering in the community.

In addition to the support given by current donors, Georgia Southwestern is currently running the Propel campaign to raise a further $1 million in scholarship funding. These funds will fulfill current unmet needs for GSW students.

For information on how you can donate to student scholarships, visit or call the GSW Foundation at (229) 931-2014.