Director of Institutional Advancement
Even though ATC offers affordable tuition, about half of our students need financial aid to attend, and some are ineligible for federal financial aid due to a variety of factors. Even with aid, many students still have unmet needs for books, supplies, technology, and other expenses. Scholarships and retention grants provide much-needed support to dozens of students annually.
A trained workforce is paramount to securing and keeping new businesses for our region and ensuring strong, stable communities. Your support helps ensure the area remains a top destination for businesses and families.
The Athens Tech Foundation Board of Directors celebrated its 35th anniversary with a benefit dinner on April 20, 2023, at The Georgia Club in Statham, Georgia. The event, themed Illuminate: Spotlighting Workforce Development, highlighted the impact of scholarships and the work of the Foundation since 1988.
Donate By Phone
Make a credit card gift over the phone by calling the Athens Tech Foundation at (706) 355-5025.
Mail a Gift
Write your check to Athens Tech Foundation and then mail to:
Athens Tech Foundation
800 U.S. Highway 29 North
Athens, GA 30601
You can double or triple your gift to Athens Tech Foundation if you or your spouse work for a company with a matching gift program.
To make a gift of stock please contact Jen Welborn, Director of Institutional Advancement at email@example.com or (706) 355-5025.
How to recommend a gift to Athens Tech Foundation.
Planned gifts enable you to preserve your assets during your lifetime and leave a valuable legacy to the Athens Tech Foundation.
The Athens Tech Foundation welcomes the donation of in-kind gifts to support our students’ educational journey. To make an in-kind donation please contact Jen Welborn, Director of Institutional Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 355-5025.
Athens Technical College Faculty and Staff can elect to participate in payroll deduction at any point throughout the year. To make sign up for payroll deduction please contact Jen Welborn, Director of Institutional Advancement at email@example.com or (706) 355-5025. Faculty and staff will need to re-enroll annually.
To partner with Athens Technical College and with the community to build the workforce of today and for the future.
To be the influential liaison with Athens Technical College and with the community to fulfill the college mission.
The Athens Tech Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Athens Technical College. It serves as a bridge between donors and the college, ensuring that resources are available to the College and its students. Established in 1988, The Athens Tech Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation registered under the Internal Revenue Code’s section 501(c)(3) and is further classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(1) of the Code. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors compromised of community leaders in the College’s eleven county service area.
The Foundation actively seeks out and partners with businesses, industries, foundations, organizations, and individuals who wish to invest in our students through grants, scholarships, endowments, and in-kind donations. All gifts made by cash, check, real or personal property, securities, bequests, or by naming the Foundation as a beneficiary of insurance policies, trusts, or retirement plans are tax-deductible. Gifts can be designated as unrestricted or restricted by the donor.
The Athens Tech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is the policy of the Athens Tech Foundation that a percentage of gifts will be used to defray the costs of administering funds based on policies set by the Board.
These gifts allow the Foundation to support college-wide needs and Foundation operations. Gifts of all sizes are needed to sustain operations and support the College’s mission.
Settles past due balances for students in good academic standing who would have otherwise been rolled out of their classes. Rescue Rollout funds help increase retention and graduation rates.
Supports eight annual scholarships each semester set up by the Foundation Board of Directors. $500 will sponsor a full-time student for one semester.
Named scholarships require a $5,000 investment. Endowed scholarships start at $10,000 and can be made in pledge payments.
For additional information, please contact:
Director of Institutional Advancement
Executive Director of Public Relations and Institutional Advancement
All ATC students are encouraged to submit the general application and see which scholarships they are eligible to apply for. All parts of the application, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the posted deadline in order to be considered.
Fall 2023 applications will open in July.
This depends on the specific scholarship fund. However, most of our scholarships accept application Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
FAFSA Student Aid Report and a Letter of Recommendation. You will receive your Student Aid Report after you complete the FAFSA. (Please do not upload a dummy file as this will disqualify you from being eligible for the scholarship.)
Scholarship applications cannot be submitted until letters of recommendation have been uploaded by the individual writing the letter.
Scholarships are reviewed by a committee of Athens Technical College Staff and Foundation Board Members.
Students will be notified via email (from firstname.lastname@example.org) if they are approved or not for a scholarship.
A staff member of the Athens Tech Foundation will email the recipient a Scholarship Funds Form for the recipient to review. If all the information is correct, the recipient will print off, sign and date. In the email, it will tell the student who they will need to give their completed Scholarship Funds Form to.
Yes. In an effort to acknowledge the generosity of Athens Tech Foundation donors, scholarship recipients are asked to write a thank you note for the assistance they have received. Stationary will be provided to the student upon request to complete the thank you note.
Thank you notes should be delivered to the Athens Tech Foundation office. The front door reads Institutional Advancement Office. The Foundation is located in the F-Building, on the first floor, between the double doors, right before you head outside to walk up the stairs.
Each scholarship is different; however, majority of our scholarship awards can be used for tuition and fees first. Any remaining reward money can be used for books, supplies and online learning resources. Some awards may qualify for a disbursement to the award recipient for the remainder.
All Scholarship Funds Forms need to be completed and submitted to the Foundation Director no later than the final payment date per semester.
Mr. Jeff Petrea | Director of External Relations, Georgia Power Company
Ms. Leslie Friedman | Independent Writer/Consultant
Ms. Katherine Alexander | Vice President, Retail Market Manager, Synovus
Ms. Susan Bogardus | Market President, BankSouth
Mr. Jeff Brown | Vice President of Operations, St. Mary’s Health Care System
Mr. William “Bill” Bushnell | Attorney
Ms. Elaine P. Cook | Director of Major Gifts, Piedmont Athens Regional Foundation
Mr. Paul Cramer | President/CEO, The Classic Center
Ms. Patricia Dixen | Retired Marketing Director
Mr. Dwain Evans | Director of Enterprise Accounts-Retail Sector, UPS
Mr. Graham Joyner | Co-Founder and CEO, METAL + PETAL
Ms. Lori Lord | Owner/CEO, Promotional Marketing Services
Ms. Michelle Morgan | Chief People Officer, Zaxby’s Franchising LLC
Ms. Jean Mullis | Neese District Manager, Jackson EMC
Mr. Whit Richardson | Owner, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe
Ms. Michelle Ruebush | Business Support Manager, Caterpillar Inc.| Building Construction Products Division
Ms. Teri Smiley | President, Walton County Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Sam Young | Retired Economic Development Director
Dr. Andrea D. Daniel | President, Athens Technical College
Mr. Josh Paine | Executive Director of Public Relations and Institutional Advancement, Athens Technical College
Ms. Jen Welborn | Director of Institutional Advancement, Athens Technical College
If you have any questions about the Athens Tech Foundation please contact us by email.