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About the Annual Fund
Endowment & Scholarships
Dream Maker Scholarships
(Goal: 25 scholarships)
With a commitment of $1,000 per year for two years, these scholarships will be carry the name of the donor and may have certain broad selection criteria established by the donor. Each scholarship will be given to one student, and the donor and student will have the opportunity to meet at the annual scholarship luncheon held each spring.
Loch Leaders Investment Fund
(Goal $25,000 or 50 donors of $500)
This fund will recognize high achievers – those full-time students with a GPA of 3.5 or greater who demonstrate unmet need. Priority will be given to continuing students, new freshmen, returning students, and transfer students.
Donors can become a part of this group by making a commitment of $500 a year for two years. A select group of students will be designated as Loch Leaders each year. These students will have the opportunity to meet with the donors to this fund at the annual scholarship luncheon held each spring.
Laker Completion Grants
(Goal $50,000 from many donors)
For so many of our students, they are the first in their family to attend college. Actually completing their coursework and receiving their degree is an incredible accomplishment and many times is postponed due to family situations, work demands, and, very often, financial challenges. The Laker Completion Grants will impact those students who are near degree completion and demonstrate unmet need. Priority will be given to those closest to completion with unmet need and a GPA of at least 2.5.
After becoming Friends of Spivey Hall Charter Members in 2002, Dr. Susan M. Hunter and her husband Jeff Adams have become increasingly involved in supporting the mission of Clayton State’s Spivey Hall. They have acted as concert sponsors for piano recitals as well as founding the Friends of Spivey Hall Council. Susan served as founding chair of the council and continues to serve as a member.
The Council develops initiatives to build community among the Friends of Spivey Hall, to expand membership, and to advance public recognition of Spivey Hall and Clayton State University. One such initiative -- the Friends of Spivey Hall Summer Travel Program -- provides opportunities for Friends to travel together to hear excellent music. In June, 20 Friends will travel to the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Austria, where they will explore the Austrian Alps and hear concerts by internationally acclaimed classical artists.
Hunter notes, “Since the first time we attended a piano concert at Spivey Hall in 1994, we have enjoyed beautiful music in the intimacy and acoustical perfection of Spivey Hall. We developed a passion for Emilie Spivey’s vision and have continued to increase our support for its programming and our advocacy on behalf of Spivey Hall.”
Their active support has come to fruition with the Spivey Hall Endowment for Piano Artistry. This is a perpetual fund that Susan and Jeff created to maintain and advance the quality of piano artistry at Spivey Hall. The Endowment will support artists’ fees, piano master classes, piano maintenance, and other needs deemed essential to piano performance of the highest quality.
“After I retired from academia in 2008, I wanted to stay involved with Clayton State and Spivey Hall because I believe so strongly in their missions. Serving on the Foundation Board of Trustees and the Friends of Spivey Hall Council have given me a way to do so: I have been able to take a leadership role in advocacy for the musical arts, and I have come to understand how important it is to support making a difference in the futures of Clayton State students who are the first in their families to attend college,” states Hunter.
Susan retired as Professor of English and Head of the Language and Literature Department at Clayton State after 35 years of teaching undergraduate and graduate writing and literature. Prior to becoming Department Head, she had been the founding Director of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program at Kennesaw State University. She has been a part of the University System of Georgia since 1991 when, she relocated to Atlanta from southern California.