Why I Give

Sanford and Barbara Orkin: Supporting need-based scholarships at UGA

Sanford and Barbara Orkin of Atlanta have extended a long history of generous giving by establishing a fund at the University of Georgia to provide scholarship support for low-income students attending the state’s flagship institution of higher education. The couple’s latest gift of $1 million from the Sanford and Barbara Orkin Family Foundation will establish a scholarship fund, which will be used to provide financial support for tuition, books, room and board, and other living expenses incurred by outstanding, academically talented students who come from low-income families. 

Lois Shortt

Lois Shortt’s gift to the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education will create the William J. and Lois J. Shortt Fellowship Endowment that will fund fellowships for up to five graduate students each year. William Short (BBA ’48) died on April 7, 2010.


Jeff and Stacy Rothenberger

Jeff Rothenberger came to the University of Georgia from Chamblee High School to study accounting in the Terry College of Business from which he earned his BBA in 1981.  It was during his time on campus that a lifelong commitment to the university blossomed


Amanda and Greg Gregory

A $1 million gift from Amanda Alston Gregory (BSEd ’69) and UGA Foundation Trustee Henry D. “Greg” Gregory Jr. (M ’66) of Atlanta established a Chair in the Civil War Era in the department of history. An additional $50,000 from the Gregorys is supporting research in Civil War era studies for graduate students and faculty members, while another $10,000 gift brought distinguished historian Victoria Bynum to UGA to conduct special seminars with students and to deliver a public lecture.


Thank a Donor Day demonstrates how grateful students are for donor support

The University of Georgia Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship in partnership with the UGA Student Alumni Council hosted the third annual “Thank a Donor Day” throughout campus on April 17... and participation was evident from many schools, units and organizations. To view a video of the days activities, click here.


Honoring her children through giving to UGA: Nancy Wech

There are many stories of UGA donors that are inspirational and demonstrate the true goodness of people and that is certainly true when one recounts the story of Nancy Wech. Her two children, Scott Kelly and Lauren Kelly both graduated from the University of Georgia and both achieved academic success despite suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.


University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead

University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead is continuing his commitment to students through a personal contribution establishing a need-based scholarship fund, in honor of his parents, designed to help undergraduates study in the nation’s capital.


Kathryn and Darren Ash

Kathryn Lummus Ash (ABJ ’82) and Darren Winston Ash (BBA ’81, MAcc ’82) of Charlotte created the Ash Honors Service Fund, which provides a $1,000 stipend to Honors students who engage in service locally, nationally and globally. Kathryn Ash is a member of the Honors Advisory Board and a University of Georgia Foundation advisory trustee. 


Bryan and Samantha Kirby

The Kirby’s scholarship is in honor of their twin sons, who died at age 2. Dr. Kirby attended UGA as an undergraduate and MCG for his medical degree. The scholarship fund was begun by friends of the Kirbys from Texas, where Dr. Kirby did his residency. Friends and family have contributed $25,000 to endow the scholarship as part of the White Coat Scholarship Initiative, designed to increase access to public medical education in Georgia.