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GWINNETT GAB: Gwinnett Tech gets $50K matching grant

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Technical College has received a $50,000 matching grant from the Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation to benefit the Hudgens Center Tuition Assistance Program.

The program enables the children of eligible Gwinnett Tech students to attend the D. Scott Hudgens Jr. Early Education Center on campus while their parents are enrolled in classes at Gwinnett Tech. The Hudgens Early Education Center offers infant and toddler care, preschool, Montessori, Georgia Pre-K, Pre-K extended learning and school-age summer camps.

The community, faculty, staff and board members of Gwinnett Tech raised an initial $50,000 towards the challenge grant to earn the additional $50,000 from the Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation.

The Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation's mission is to honor Betty and Davis Fitzgerald by making a difference in the lives of others, primarily through the education and health care of the disadvantaged residents of metro Atlanta and Georgia.

Hampton Inn wins Lighthouse Award

LAWRENCEVILLE — Hampton Hotels has honored Hampton Inn-Lawrenceville/I-85/Sugarloaf, located at 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway, with the company's Lighthouse Award, designating it as one of the hotel chain's top performing hotels among more than 1,600 Hampton properties.

The Hampton Inn was recognized for its high rankings in overall accommodations, service and quality. The award criteria was based on customer feedback measured through guest satisfaction surveys on the hotel, as well as product quality and service scores measured quarterly by the Hampton Hotels brand.

"The competition to be among the elite group of Hampton Lighthouse Award winners becomes stronger each year as the Hampton brand continues to add more hotels and continually looks for ways to strengthen the guest experience," said Kevin Hill, general manager of the Hampton Inn. "This makes us especially proud to receive the honor."

The five-story, 127-room Hampton Inn is located near area attractions such as Gwinnett Center, Arena at Gwinnett Center, Discover Mills, Medieval Times, Bass Pro Shops and Dave & Buster's.

Home Depot builds scholarship program

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Home Depot recently announced $1 million in funding for its 2010 Pro Trade Scholarship Program. The Home Depot has more than tripled a $300,000 scholarship fund it first established in 2009 to support students attending professional building and construction trade schools.

This year's program will not only support individual students, but also the schools they attend. Specifically, $1,000 scholarships will be available to 500 trade school students to help them offset the cost of tuition, books and tools for their chosen trade. The schools of the scholarship recipients will receive additional funds for classroom tools from The Home Depot Foundation through matching gifts of $1,000 for each scholarship awarded to one or more of their students.

Scholarship applications will be accepted through April 30 online at www.homedepot.com/tradescholarship and are also available in a downloadable Spanish language format.

The scholarship program is open to all students nationwide who are currently enrolled in a building and construction trade school program at a vocational/technical school, college, or university, including Gwinnett Technical College.

Winners will be selected based on a combination of academic performance, leadership and work experience.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. To submit an item to Gwinnett Gab, e-mail gab@gwinnettdailypost.com.