Boutwells establish veterans scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Boutwell with Dr. Stas Preczewski
Marshall and Lee Boutwell pause for a photo with GGC President Stas Preczewski in recognition of their $100,000 gift to the GGC Foundation establishing The Lee and Marshall Boutwell Veterans Scholarship Fund.

Lee and Marshall Boutwell have given $100,000 to the GGC Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship fund that will support GGC’s student veterans.

“We are honored that Lee and Marshall have chosen to include Georgia Gwinnett in their legacy,” said Stas Preczewski, president. “Their gift will live on permanently to support students who are veterans. This scholarship is meaningful on a number of levels, and I can’t think of a more fitting addition to our growing collection of scholarships in our 10th year.”

The Lee and Marshall Boutwell Veterans Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for full-time students with a GGC grade point average above 2.0. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate financial need and who are affiliated with the U.S. military according to the following priorities: veterans wounded or disabled during active military service; veterans of a combat arms unit in any branch of the military; all other military veterans, and dependent children of veterans described in these priority groups.

“When I heard that Gwinnett’s new college was being built by a leadership team coming from a background of military service, I knew it would be a success,” said Marshall Boutwell. “I wanted to be a part of that. Lee and I are proud to establish this scholarship to benefit both fellow veterans and this young college that is doing so many things right for our community. We are fortunate to be able to do it.”

Boutwell currently serves as president/CEO of Peach State Federal Credit Union, which has supported GGC through two scholarships in the School of Education and one in honor of Charter President Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman.

“Lee and Marshall have supported GGC from day one,” said Preczewski. “From understanding how our School of Education would impact one of Peach State Federal Credit Union’s core constituencies – teachers – to supporting our efforts to become a top military-friendly campus and support our veterans. We are so very humbled and honored to accept this gift in support of students who have served in the military.”

Boutwell served in the U.S. Army and held several command and staff positions. He earned several medals including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Vietnam.  He was profiled in the Summer 2014 issue of Engage.

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