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Credit union creates college scholarship

Special Photo: Anthony Stalcup. Gwinnett Federal Credit Union President Marshall Boutwell, left, and Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel Kaufman share a laugh Thursday evening during a ceremony in which they signed an agreement establishing a scholarship fund for education students.

Special Photo: Anthony Stalcup. Gwinnett Federal Credit Union President Marshall Boutwell, left, and Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel Kaufman share a laugh Thursday evening during a ceremony in which they signed an agreement establishing a scholarship fund for education students.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College students studying education now have the opportunity to earn a scholarship covering the cost of full-time tuition and fees.

Gwinnett Federal Credit Union established the annual scholarship fund for Georgia Gwinnett College student majoring in early childhood education, special education or another major leading to teacher certification. It's the first scholarship established at the new college that specifically benefits students within the School of Education.

"We are deeply appreciative of the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union's generosity," said Cathy Moore, dean of the School of Education. "An investment in education majors is unique in that it ensures an ongoing impact on the youth of our community, as our students will spend their careers teaching others."

Students receiving the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union Scholarship must maintain full-time status and a specified minimum grade point average. The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Marshall Boutwell, president and chief executive officer of Gwinnett Federal Credit Union, said the financial institution currently funds $58,500 in student and adult career scholarships in support of local school systems.

"Gwinnett Federal has a long standing commitment to supporting education," Boutwell said. "With the addition of Georgia Gwinnett College to the local landscape, it was the logical and right thing for us to do."

Boutwell, Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel Kaufman and Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation President Gordon Harrison signed the scholarship agreement Thursday evening.

"College presidents have two favorite activities. One is ribbon cuttings, and one is receiving checks from donors," Kaufman said. "But this one is particularly special for us. ... We're putting together what I believe will be the teacher education program of choice ...

"The community is rightly very proud of its public school system, and we look forward to contributing to that."

Boutwell said he believes education is a priority for the community.

"We were just tickled that we would be able to support students, teachers and administrators from prekindergarten all the way to master's and doctoral degrees, because (I believe) that's what's going to happen here," he said.

Georgia Gwinnett College, a member of the University System of Georgia, opened in 2006 in Lawrenceville. The college currently offers about a dozen majors with concentrations in nearly 40 areas.

For more information, visit www.ggc.edu.