The Bainbridge State College Foundation held its annual stewardship meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center. During the meeting, they heard success stories from donors, students as well as an update from the Interim President, Dr. Stuart Rayfield.

During the meeting, the Foundation heard from several speakers on the many reasons to give.

According to Lauren Harrell, the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, even the smallest amount makes a difference.

She said, “We don’t always know the financial situations of our students, but sometimes it can only be a small amount of money keeping them from continuing their education—and that’s where the GAP Scholarship provides great assistance to our students.”

This past semester, over $28,000 in GAP Scholarship funds have been awarded to Bainbridge State College students. On Honors Night in May, over $46,000 from the BSC Foundation was awarded to students.

“It took 40 years for the College to raise its first million and today we are proud to have over $2 million in assets,” said Harrell, “However, there is still work to do.”

On behalf of the staff and faculty that contribute to the Foundation monthly, Jeffrey Ross, the BSC Chair of Nursing, stated that the scholarships provided are “hope and encouragement for the students.”

He shared why he chooses to give to the BSC- Fund for Excellence each month.

“There’s always a variety of reasons to support the Foundation,” said Ross. “For me it’s about the students. I’ve witnessed how the scholarships help our students. It keeps them in the classroom.”

In addition, two scholarship recipients shared how the scholarships made a difference in their education.

Ben Holden, a freshman at Bainbridge State College, was grateful to be selected for the GAP Scholarship this past year. According to him, it took the financial stress off his family.

He said, “I have a great relationship with my professors—and they are a big part of this community and see their students’ successes. Being selected for the scholarship helped my family and now Bainbridge State is part of my family’s story.”

Kathryn Patterson, a junior at BSC, also found the scholarship helped her in achieving her education goals.

“I would not have been able to go to college without this scholarship,” said Patterson. “I always share the information about the scholarships with other students because it greatly affected my life. It’s given me the opportunity to pursue my dream.”

Before the meeting was adjourned, Dr. Stuart Rayfield, Interim BSC President, commended the Institution and gave an update.

According to Rayfield, the retention rate at Bainbridge State College is up 20 percent from fall 2013 and up 182 students in the Move On When Ready (MOWR) program with the high schools since last fall.

The Bainbridge State College, Inc. was founded in 1973 to support a variety of endeavors, all in support of the mission of Bainbridge State College. Gifts to the Bainbridge State College Foundation, Inc. provide scholarship opportunities for BSC students, assistance with scholarly travel opportunities for faculty and students, facility and program enhancements, equipment purchases, and many other donor-directed initiatives.

The mission of the Bainbridge State College Foundation, Inc. is to support the development of educational excellence at Bainbridge State College. It does so by attracting and involving leaders from among the institution’s alumni and friends in this endeavor. The Foundation’s primary efforts shall be directed toward attracting, receiving, investing, managing, and expending gifts and other resources designated for the educational programs of the institution.

For more information on the BSC Foundation, please contact Lauren Harrell at 229.243.6077.


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