Scholarship reception celebrates donor impact

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Police officer Lieutenant Ryan Morgan standing with student Alexandra Thibodeau
Lieutenant Ryan C. Morgan of the Lawrenceville Police Department and president of the Lawrenceville Police Benevolent Fund with Alexandra Thibodeau, class of ‘15, the first recipient of the Lawrenceville Police Scholarship.

Graphic illustrating how to fund a GGC scholarship

student Danielle Buice standing with Shumate family
Danielle Buice, class of ‘15 (center), recipient of the Linda Shumate Scholarship, with the Shumate family: Jordan, Greg, Tammy and Zach.
Jaclyn White standing with student Heather Bowman
Jaclyn W. White with Heather Bowman, class of ‘16, the first recipient of the Carl D. White, Sr. Scholarship.
About 40 people attended the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation’s recent annual Scholarship Reception, held in the Heritage Room in the Library and Learning Center.

The event allowed the foundation and college to recognize scholarship donors, who also enjoyed the event with the student recipients of their scholarships.

The program included comments by Cedrick Dizala Mukinay, class of ‘17, representing all Georgia Gwinnett College scholarship recipients.

Mukinay is a native of The Democratic Republic of Congo (see related story) and recipient of the Elridge W. McMillan Regents Scholarship. He explained to the attendees that in his country, those who are fortunate do not often help those in need.

“If other people take the example in helping those in need, it will be not only the world that we have changed, but the history, from generations to generations,” said the biology major. “Your gifts will have this impact. Your gifts will help us make the world a better place.”

Donors Tom and Ethel Andersen also spoke about the many reasons they fund the Andersen Family Scholarship, and Marshall Boutwell spoke about the new scholarship he and his wife, Lee, had decided to endow (see related story).

“We now have 11 donor-supported or -endowed scholarships at GGC,” said Lori Buckheister, associate vice president for Development. “As a young college, our need for scholarship support is great, and we are very appreciative of the investment our donors have made in the college’s mission and vision and most importantly, in its students.”


Cedrick MukinayTo all the donors here tonight, I would like to assure you that your kindness will have a lifelong impact on each of us. What you are doing by generously providing funds for scholarships will remain an unforgettable act of charity. This will encourage me and the other recipients to also help those in need when we are in a position to do so.

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and I add that, “Helping people achieve their education is using that powerful weapon effectively.”

If other people take the example in helping those in need, it will be not only the world that we have changed, but the history, from generations to generations. Your gifts will have this impact. Your gifts will help us make the world a better place.

Excerpted from remarks by Cedrick Mukinay, ‘17, at the 2015 GGC Foundation Scholarship Reception

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