Douvanis Scholarship Established

Friday, September 18, 2009

The University of West Georgia announced the creation of the Dr. Costas (Gus) Douvanis Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate student in strong academic standing within the Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies. Preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need.

The University of West Georgia announced the creation of the Dr. Costas (Gus) Douvanis Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduate student in strong academic standing within the Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies. Preference will be given to a student demonstrating financial need. Carol Douvanis, widow of the dedicated and distinguished educator, established the new scholarship.

“Gus enjoyed challenging his students to think outside of their comfort zones,” said Douvanis. “He did this with dedication, humor and an occasional ‘Gusism’ thrown in. I can’t think of a better way to remember Gus and his love for learning than the establishment of this scholarship.”

During his tenure at UWG, Douvanis served as a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies and legal advisor for the university. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lehigh University, a juris doctorate from Dickinson School of Law, a master of arts from Temple University and a doctorate from Auburn University.

Douvanis’ passion was educating and preparing students for their future endeavors. The value of his classes went well beyond the standard course requirements through their extensive real-world application and relevance.

“There were plenty of times I had to pick up the phone and ask him for advice,” said Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, university president. “He was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was a great, great pleasure to know.”

For more information on contributing to the scholarship, call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 678-839-6582.