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New Scholarships and Endowed Funds McCullers Center Benefits from New Endowment In December 2018, Dr. Thornton and Mrs. Sue Jordan made a generous contribution to establish an endowment to support the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, an outreach center of the College of Letters and Sciences. The Carson McCullers Center Endowment Fund will support programs, projects, and initiatives that will support the advancement of the McCullers Center, including the properties in Nyack, New York (McCullers’ adult home) and on Stark Avenue in Columbus, Georgia (McCullers’ childhood home). The McCullers Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Carson McCullers; to nurturing writers and musicians and educating young people; and to fostering literary, musical, artistic, and intellectual culture in the United States and abroad. Dr. Jordan taught English at CSU for a number of years and was especially interested in the life and works of Carson McCullers. He retired from CSU in 1994. He bought Dr. Thornton and Mrs. Sue Jordan McCullers’ childhood home when it came up for sale in 1997 and was a central figure recently established a new endowment to support the McCullers Center. in its transfer to the CSU Foundation and the establishment of the McCullers Center.

Georgia Power Foundation Endowed Scholarship A generous gift from the Georgia Power Foundation established the Georgia Power Foundation Endowed Scholarship in July 2018 to support eligible students in the College of Letters and Sciences and the Turner College of Business. This needs-based scholarship specifically targets undergraduate students majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field or a program within the Turner College of Business, with preference for those students who have matriculated from Columbus Technical College. The first scholarship will be awarded in fall 2019.

Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants Scholarship Geotechnical & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (GEC), a Maconbased company with branches in Columbus and LaGrange that specializes in environmental and geotechnical consulting, has supported science events hosted by CSU for many years. The company is now providing an annually-funded scholarship to undergraduate STEM majors with financial need, with preference given to students in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. The inaugural GEC Scholar is Jesse Hunt, a dual major in chemistry and biology who is very active on campus and aspires to become a physician.

The inaugural GEC Scholar, Jesse Hunt, recently met GEC Columbus branch manager, Jason Cooper, to thank him for her scholarship award.

The Virmani Family Endowed Scholarship

Neelam and Prem Virmani have made a generous contribution to establish the Virmani Family Endowed Scholarship for students in the College of Letters and Sciences.

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Prem (M.B.A. ‘82) and Neelam Virmani established the Virmani Family Endowed Scholarship for COLS majors in October 2018. This scholarship will support full-time undergraduate or graduate students with financial need. The Virmanis have been long-time supporters of the chemistry and premedical studies programs in the College of Letters and Sciences. Prem currently serves on CSU’s Foundation Board of Trustees and has taught an upper division beverage chemistry class at CSU. He served as the Senior VP Science and Research at Cott Beverages in Columbus, GA. Neelam was a software application developer at Aflac for more than 30 years prior to her retirement in 2017. 3

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Letters and Sciences Today - Fall 2018/Winter 2019  

Columbus State University‘s College of Letters and Sciences newsletter spotlights the achievements of students, faculty and alumni. Highligh...

Letters and Sciences Today - Fall 2018/Winter 2019  

Columbus State University‘s College of Letters and Sciences newsletter spotlights the achievements of students, faculty and alumni. Highligh...

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