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Clayton State Announces Retention Scholarship Matching Gift Challenge

May 13 2015

Thanks to the generosity of several donors, Clayton State University is announcing its Retention Scholarship Challenge. All new gifts to the Clayton State University Foundation, up to $20,000, designated to the Retention Scholarship Challenge, received by June 30, 2015 will be matched, dollar for dollar, thus doubling the impact of the gift. 

According to Vice President for External Relations Kate Troelstra, with the $40,000 raised as a result of this challenge, Clayton State students will be able to stay in school and accomplish their dream of graduating from college.

“Financial challenges are a frequent reason our students give for not being able to complete their education,” notes Troelstra. “Clayton State University has made great strides in the past two years to help students move past this challenge so that they are able to graduate with a college degree – many of them the first in their family to do so. However, there are still students who need help.”

Typically at Clayton State, each fall some 25 students end up dropping out for the semester so that they can earn enough money to pay for their education, having exhausted their financial aid options, meaning that programs such as HOPE and Pell are no longer possibilities. Clayton State enrollment history shows that many of these students do not re-enroll and thus never see their dream of a college degree realized.

Gifts for the Retention Scholarship Matching Challenge can be made online at, or by mailing a check made out to the Clayton State University Foundation to;

Clayton State University

Office of Development

2000 Clayton State Blvd.

Morrow, GA 30260.

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