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UGA Foundation awards scholarship to Parkview grad

The University of Georgia Foundation recently announced the names of six incoming freshmen, including a Parkview High graduate, selected for prestigious Ramsey Honors Scholarships. In addition to funds for tuition and living expenses, Ramsey Scholars are eligible to apply for travel-study grants that fund educational opportunities abroad.

Among the students selected was Glenn Branscomb, a native of Lilburn. Branscomb will major in mathematics.

The incoming Ramsey Scholars boasted an average grade point average of 4.27 and an average SAT score of 1,522. To keep the scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. All Ramsey Scholars also participate in the UGA Honors Program, which provides faculty-led dinner seminars and other co-curricular opportunities.

The UGA Foundation recently announced that it will provide $533,000 for endowments and scholarships, in addition to more than $21 million in annual funding it provides to the university.

Local grads get scholarships

Two Gwinnett graduates are among 12 University of Georgia first-year students who have been awarded Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year. Three returning UGA students, including one from Barrow County, also received the award.

This scholarship, funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation since 2007, supports academically outstanding students who are the first in their families to attend college. Recipients must demonstrate financial need to be eligible.

Recipients receive $5,000 per year in addition to the state-supported HOPE Scholarship. The Coca-Cola award is renewable for another three years of undergraduate study if recipients maintain certain academic credentials.

The 2009 Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars are:

Mirsanda Haticic of Grayson High

Cindy Nguyen of Collins Hill High

George Dyke of Winder-Barrow High School

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost.com on Monday.