UWG Receives $101,000 Gift for Academics

Friday, September 9, 2011

The University of West Georgia’s School of Nursing and Pre-K program have received a donation totaling $101,000 from Jim Naughton, executive director of the UWG Foundation.

The University of West Georgia’s School of Nursing and Pre-K program have received a donation totaling $101,000 from Jim Naughton, executive director of the UWG Foundation.Naughton gave $80,000 to the School of Nursing, citing “the outstanding education that students receive when they go through the program.” He designated $50,000 of the funds for student scholarships to provide assistance to those who are struggling with recent tuition and fee increases, with the remainder going to the School of Nursing fund for program support.

He also gave $21,000 to the Pre-K program, which he described as “unbelievably fantastic.” The money will alleviate some of the financial strain brought about by recent cuts to the Georgia Lottery’s Pre-K funding.

“I am extremely fond of the faculty, deans and programs at the University of West Georgia and I knew they would put this money to good use,” Naughton said. “I understand the importance of early childhood education and I’m a big fan of the School of Nursing.”

“This gift provides an opportunity for financially struggling students who would otherwise have to drop out,” said Dr. Kathryn Grams, professor and School of Nursing dean.

“With this gift we can help those parents who would’ve been unable to pay for two days of school each week that are no longer provided through lottery funding,” said Rachel Robinson, director of UWG’s Pre-K.

Naughton, former assistant vice president for development and alumni relations agreed with the importance of providing financial assistance to those in need.

“You never want people to stop pursuing their education simply because they can’t afford it,” he said.

For information on UWG scholarships and other giving opportunities, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 678-839-6582.