2012 Foundation Accomplishments
During 2012, the Foundation provided services to South Georgia Technical College valued at approximately $750,000..
- Raised $650,005.06 in cash and gift in kind contributions in the TechForce 2012 annual drive to assist with scholarships, state-of-the-art training equipment for the new Fire Science Technology and Motorcycle Maintenance Technology programs as well as funding to help provide textbooks at no cost to students.
- Secured funding for the second year for two Federal U.S. Department of Education grants valued at approximately $2.3 million over four years. Included in the overall grant award was $38,000 in 2012 to add to the principal of two endowed Foundation scholarships established in 2011.
- Awarded 131 foundation scholarships valued at over $49,207.89 to assist students with tuition, dormitory expenses, cafeteria expenses, supplies and tools to help further the students’ education at SGTC.
- Established six new endowed scholarships in 2012. A Law Enforcement Academy Scholarship was endowed in memory of Lt. Michael Sangster; the Jeff Singley Scholarship was endowed in memory of Jeff Singley by Arrow Exterminators, Inc.; and Citizens Bank of Americus endowed its first scholarship at South Georgia Technical College. The fourth Leonard and Marie Waitsman Marketing Scholarship was endowed in honor of Marie Waitsman and in memory of Leonard Waitsman by the Waitsman family in 2012 and the Waitsman family also endowed a new scholarship for Criminal Justice students. Agrium endowed its second scholarship in 2012.
- Provided three scholarships to purchase tools for Diesel Equipment students through the Caterpillar Excellence Fund.
- Assisted 13 GED students with scholarships for the GED exams through the GED (Girls Educating with Donations) Scholarship fund.
- Assisted one Crisp County student in acquiring needed books through the Fisher Crum Fund.
- 8. Continued the Two Great Choices – One Great Community partnership between South Georgia Technical College and Georgia Southwestern State University and their two foundations to promote Americus and Sumter County as a college town. Raised $11,475.00 locally in 2012 to support this effort.
- Purchased over $21,000 worth of equipment and tools for the Diesel Program from the Caterpillar Excellence funds.
- 10. Received over $8,500worth of support from the Americus Times Recorder for the Two Great Choices – One Great Community partnership through placement of combined logo on the front page of the newspaper throughout the year.
- Received a Gulfstream II jet valued at approximately $250,000 from PHRM Leasing, LLC to be utilized in the SGTC Aviation programs on the Americus campus.
- Received a donation of two Jet engines for the Gates Lear Jet 24D valued at $60,000 from Ray Boyd – Jets R Us.
- Received a donation of a Turbofan Jet Engine from Barrett Turbine Engine Company to be utilized in the SGTC Aviation Maintenance programs on the Americus campus.
- Joined the Technical College Foundation Association.
- Assisted with expenses for Adult Literacy staff development meetings.
- Provided Instructor of the Year recognition.
- Provided assistance for GED graduation ceremony.
- Assisted with expenses to send a GED student to the State Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Competition.
- Sponsored students to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Co-sponsored the GOAL banquet in Atlanta.