Local Bankers Donate Scholarship Funds to Richards College of Business

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The West Georgia Bankers Association (WGBA) recently showed its support of the Richards College of Business by creating a scholarship fund for UWG students majoring in finance. WGBA President, James Fulford (’01), presented a check for $4,603.61 to the University of West Georgia Foundation to assist deserving students in paying for college, through the West Georgia Bankers Association Scholarship.

“We had the funds and wanted to assist in any way possible,” said Fulford. “Our organization was stale due to the banking economy, but we had these funds sitting in a reserve account so we decided this would be a way to put the funds to great use.”

The scholarship funds will be awarded spring and fall semesters until all funds are depleted. Finance majors interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the Richards College of Business Finance Department.

“I would love to see at least 25 percent of our students on scholarships that are locally derived and this donation is definitely taking us in that direction,” said Professor of Finance, Dr. Charles Hodges.

“The economy…may not be ideal right now, but we know that things are improving and the bankers of tomorrow are being trained today at West Georgia,” he continued.

The UWG Finance Department provides students with a high-quality liberal arts based educational foundation to either secure entry level financial management positions in local, regional, or national organizations or to continue studies at the masters level.

“We appreciate the wonderful support that community bankers have given to UWG over the years,” said Diane Homesley, Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “They have made a significant contribution to the University and to allowing the students of UWG to be able to stay in school and pursue their degrees.”

For more information, visit the Richards College of Business or call 678-839-6467.

Photo 1: L to R: Shannon Mundy, Secretary of West Georgia Bankers Association; Jim Gill, Assistant Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations; James Fulford, President of West Georgia Bankers Association; Dr. Charles Hodges, Professor of Finance for Richards College of Business.