UGA president establishes experiential learning scholarship fund


UGA president establishes experiential learning scholarship fund

 

Hands-on learning experiences will enhance learning and position UGA students for success after graduation.

 

University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead is continuing his commitment to students through another personal contribution establishing a scholarship fund designed to help undergraduates participate in the university's new initiative on experiential learning.

 

"I believe I have a special obligation to give back to this great institution, which has given so much to me," Morehead said. "The experiential learning initiative will further enhance the world-class learning environment at UGA, and I am pleased to be able to support this initiative personally through the establishment of a scholarship fund."

 

Morehead outlined a proposal for the new experiential learning initiative in his State of the University address in January, and the University Council approved it during its April meeting. He plans to contribute $100,000 to the scholarship fund to create an endowment for the initiative.

 

The initiative, when implemented in fall 2016, will require undergraduate students to participate in a tailored, hands-on learning opportunity prior to graduation. Undergraduate research, study abroad, service-learning, internships and other high-impact experiences will meet this requirement. UGA will become one of the largest public universities to integrate experiential learning fully into the undergraduate curriculum.

 

In addition to his new pledge, Morehead also makes annual financial contributions to the Morehead Honors Support Fund in the UGA Honors Program, the Jere W. Morehead Moot Court Fund in the UGA School of Law and the Wade and Virginia Morehead Scholarship, a need-based scholarship fund that supports students who participate in the UGA Washington Semester Program.

 

For more information on UGA's experiential learning initiative, see www.ugaexperience.com.