Georgia Power Company and the Georgia Power Foundation have been longtime supporters of the University of Georgia, generously providing more than $13.5 million to support students, faculty and staff for nearly 50 years.
UGA is proud to recognize Georgia Power as one of its largest corporate partners. In fiscal 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), the impact of Georgia Power’s support was felt in almost every corner of campus.
In 2018, Georgia Power continued its longtime support of support of the Terry College of Business through the Terry College Excellence Fund, the Georgia Power Foundation Developing Scholars Fund and the Institute for Leadership Advancement.
Also, Georgia Power’s investment in the UGA College of Engineering has been instrumental in advancing numerous opportunities and experiences for engineering scholars. Over the past year, the college continued to build out the Digital Design and Fabrication Lab, outfitted with modern tools and equipment, including a laser cutter, lathe and printed circuit board mill, a Shopbot and a CNC mill.
Georgia Power’s support of the new Georgia Certified Economic Developer (GCED) program continues to greatly impact the program participants, who began the program in February
2017. The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA worked directly with Georgia Power’s Community Development Team to select 12 individuals to receive full or partial scholarships. These individuals represent communities in southwest, middle, east, northeast, and northwest Georgia. Georgia Power’s support allowed more local economic developers to enter the GCED program who otherwise would not have had the local training budget available to enroll.
As the first corporate partner to establish a Georgia Commitment Scholarship, Georgia Power’s need-based scholarship was awarded to a student who began at UGA in fall 2017. The inaugural recipient of the Georgia Power Foundation Scholarship is a biology major who has a heart for participating in community service opportunities in Athens. Last school year, Georgia Power representatives were able to meet their scholarship recipient. From this meeting, they connected her with contacts at Northside Hospital to help her earn shadowing hours in her pursuit towards graduation and her long-term goal of attending medical school. Georgia Power’s support of the Georgia Commitment Scholarship program has already changed the lives of people in the state.
Georgia Power has also endowed a professorship in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Dr. Sergiy Minko is the current Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science in the Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors (TMI) program in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. He has a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Minko has successfully established the polymer materials science laboratory equipped with modern instruments and facilities. He also has a vibrant research program focused on nanostructured soft materials.
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of the Southern Company, America’s premier energy company. Value, reliability, customer service and stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day. J.D. Power and Associates consistently recognizes the company as an industry leader in customer satisfaction.
“Support of science and education in any form means support of progress and survival for all. GP is doing a great job by supporting different branches of human culture. Endowment professorship is the great mechanism that makes it possible to explore new research plans and innovations.”
– Sergiy Minko, Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science, College of Family & Consumer Sciences