Clayton State University has once again been selected as one of 10 University System of Georgia (USG) institutions in the metro Atlanta area to participate in the SunTrust Scholars Scholarship program, which benefits students facing financial hurdles in attending college through funding by the SunTrust Foundation.
Foundation officials recently announced a second round of funding in the amount of $47,500 to the University System of Georgia Foundation to benefit the “SunTrust Scholars” program, which is managed by the University System of Georgia Foundation.
Clayton State University’s 2012/13 SunTrust Scholar is Marquarius Jewell, a May 2012 graduate of Monroe Area High School, and the first member of his family to attend college. Jewell is registered for 15 credit hours for the fall 2012 semester, and SunTrust is funding his full tuition for the year, plus $200 extra for fees, a total of $4,712.
“I am grateful to SunTrust for taking a leadership role by establishing and supporting the SunTrust Scholars program,” says USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “With corporate partners like SunTrust some excellent and deserving students will receive needed financial assistance to complete their college education.”
In 2004, the USG Foundation developed a strategic plan to provide support for the University System goals and mission, setting a high priority on securing funding for and providing scholarships to deserving students, based on merit and/or financial need. Since that time, more than $2 million has been awarded to students at all 35 colleges and universities in the University System.
In 2011, the SunTrust Scholars grant was the first awarded directly to the USG Foundation to provide scholarships for students attending multiple USG institutions.
“The USG Foundation is truly grateful to the SunTrust Foundation for taking the lead in providing scholarships to multiple campuses,” says Chairman Ken Bernard, “We encourage other corporate funders to join the SunTrust Foundation in this significant endeavor.”
The SunTrust scholars are selected by the institution, with the scholarship funds available to begin in the fall semester 2012. The selected students receive full tuition plus a stipend to cover a portion of additional expenses such as books and fees.