American Gas Association
The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, represents more than 200 local energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United States. There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92 percent – more than 65 million customers – receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets almost one-fourth of the United States’ energy needs.
Before Anthony Rojo became division director of Gwinnett Tech’s Computer Science program, he was responsible for U.S. Army General Schwarzkopf’s satellite radio communication during Desert Storm.
He was known for his organizational skills, love of the outdoors, pride in his job and cutting up with his coworkers to put a smile on your face.
He worked at GTC for 12 rewarding years, a genuinely a great person. Sadly, Anthony passed in May of 2012, after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. His wife, children, and family were his greatest joys in life and he loved his work at Gwinnett Tech. Anthony has been greatly missed by his family, many dear friends, and co-workers.
In memory of Anthony, a scholarship was dedicated in his name in 2014 for students enrolled in the Computer Information Systems degree program.
Assistance League of Atlanta
A group of 34 women founded the Atlanta Chapter of the Assistance League, in 1982, building on the rich history of the organization that began in the early 1900s as the West’s first nonprofit, nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization. The Assistance League was also the first organization of its kind to recognize the potential of volunteers in helping those less fortunate in the community achieve a better, more meaningful life.
Today, Assistance League has 26,000 members nationwide committing over 2.6 million volunteer hours and $36 million yearly to local communities. Among that membership is the Assistance League of Atlanta that in the early years, sold senior citizens’ crafts at malls and outdoor markets. Knowing that Assistance League needed a permanent home for selling its crafts, members searched for and found a building to lease in downtown Chamblee, Ga., which today is lovingly referred to as “The Mouse House.”
Four buildings and thirty years later, Assistance League of Atlanta has grown into an all-volunteer organization with over 250 members that have recorded on average more than 45,000 volunteer hours each of the last four years.
The Atlanta chapter supports seven avenues of service, including Links to Education, an initiative that provides scholarships to deserving college students pursuing post-secondary education at six Georgia institutions of higher learning, including Gwinnett Technical College. In the last year alone, 26 students have benefited.
AT&T Company Profile
At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We deliver advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed Internet and smart solutions for people and businesses. That’s why we stand alone as a fully integrated solution provider.
Fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity – to everything on the Internet, everywhere, at every moment and on every device – is what drives us. It’s reflected in our mission:
Connect people with their world, everywhere they live, work and play … and do it better than anyone else.
So our customers can stay connected from nearly anywhere. It doesn’t matter if they’re driving home from work or traveling across the country or beyond.
Customers want to enjoy their favorite movies, TV shows, music and sports on any screen. We’re the largest provider of pay TV in the United States and the world. So, we’re setting the standard for delivering video when, where and how customers want it.
In the United States, we offer TV and wireless nationwide, plus a large high-speed Internet footprint. We offer a wide choice of Internet speeds to meet customers’ needs. With AT&T GigaPowerSM, customers in 25 markets can download an HD movie in 36 seconds, a TV episode in 3 seconds and 25 songs in 1 second. We plan to expand GigaPower speeds to 31 more metro areas. We also offer pay TV in 11 Latin American countries.
We offer solutions that help businesses in every industry serve their customers better. We deliver advanced services to 3.5 million businesses on 6 continents. That includes nearly all of the Fortune 1000 as well as neighborhood businesses across the United States.
Our high-speed mobile Internet network covers 365 million people and businesses across North America, including 51 million in Mexico. We also wirelessly connect cars, machines, shipping containers and more. It’s all part of our leadership in what’s called the Internet of Things.
And we never stop innovating. The brightest minds in the business are in our AT&T Labs and Foundry centers developing new technologies, apps, products and services.
We envision a world where everything and everyone work together. We envision a world that works for you.
In memory of Chau Thompsen, a friend and colleague to all at Gwinnett Technical College, a scholarship was established to honor her amazing compassion to help all who need assistance.
CIS Advisory Board
The Gwinnett Tech Computer Information Science Advisory Board members offer scholarships to students pursuing a career in the highly demanded computer industry.
Clyde and Sandra Strickland
Local philanthropists and business owners Clyde & Sandra Strickland believe in supporting and encouraging those who are striving to create a better life for themselves and their families. They have been devoted community volunteers since they moved to Gwinnett in 1969. Using their talents and abilities, the Stricklands do everything they can to help their fellow man and believe God guides their path to the projects and charities in which they invest. They created three scholarship opportunities for GTC students, including general scholarships, Adult Education and Health Sciences and Public Safety.
Commercial Construction Management
The Gwinnett Tech Commercial Construction Management Advisory Board members offer scholarships to students pursuing a career Commercial Construction Management.
In 2004, Diane Coker of the Westye Group Southeast extended her hand to mentor the students of the Interiors Program of Gwinnett Technical College. In appreciation and to honor her commitment to the College, GTC has established a scholarship for students in the Certificate Kitchen and Bath Program.
Coker understands from personal experience what it means financially, physically and emotionally to return to college as an adult. In fact, she returned to school as an adult learner at Gwinnett Technical College.
Recognizing the value of the mentoring she received as a student, Coker’s mantra has been to “pass it forward” in many areas of her life. She has done that at Gwinnett Tech by establishing the GTC Kitchen and Bath Program and as a mentor, has encouraged, guided and helped grow the program. Above all she has shared with the students her love for the industry and the great people who are a part of it.
Georgia Veterinary Associates
Georgia Veterinary Associates is a group of six privately owned veterinary hospitals in the North Metro-Atlanta area. Our mission is to provide high quality, compassionate care for your pets in a progressive, friendly, ethical, and caring environment. Our family of doctors and staff are committed to continuing education, collaboration, and offering services tailored to your pet’s needs. We treat our clients and patients with respect and dignity, and we welcome pet owners to be involved in their pets’ health and wellness. At the end of the day, a healthy pet is a happy pet!
Gwinnett County Veterinary Medical Association
The Gwinnett County Veterinary Medical Association works within the community to support the continued education of its 160 members, both veterinarians and veterinary technicians, so that they can better serve clients, their pets and the community as a whole.
Healing Forever and Saving Lives Foundation
Healing Forever and Saving Lives Foundation, are advocates for today’s male youth by encouraging them to use their talents, along with their hands and minds to acquire skills; setting them up for success in their future.
Michael Liberty and Charles Tyree (“The Liberty Tyree Automotive Scholarship”)
Michael Liberty and Charles Tyree were two Great men who had wonderful talents and abilities regarding repairing vehicles. Due to their love and passion of the automotive industry, they would repair a car for an individual even if one did not have the funds at the time to pay, but needed their car repaired. They both were very well skilled at repairing anything that needed to be fixed, and especially Michael, as he was a hands on type of person and could work miracles. Michael’s profession of being a Mechanic, began from the time he was a teenager and he enjoyed reading a lot of magazines, especially ones related to cars. Mentoring young men about mechanics of a car was a favorite past time that both men thoroughly enjoyed, as it was an area of their life they wanted to shared with young males. Charles was a very outgoing person that like to play practical jokes on people and love to try anything. But, being a great mechanic was his specialty, as he could diagnose any automotive problem and issue along with being very good with electrical problems on vehicles. His profession in addition to being a Mechanic, was a Truck Driver, which he took pride in as well. On Charles’s spare and leisure time, he rode motorcycles and a 4 wheeler vehicle. Both gentlmen had a love for barbecuing and had good hearts, always laughing, smiling and overall caring individuals. Michael and Charles have greatly been missed by their family and friends.
In memory of the two well-loved gentlemen, a yearly Scholarship has been established and dedicated to honor them in their name for their amazing skill set and love of Automotive beginning in 2018 for students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program, as they always had compassion to assist anyone that needed assistance with their vehicles.
Holtkamp Family Foundation
In 1995, Matthew and Suzanne Holtkamp opened Holtkamp Heating & Air Conditioning a full service HVAC company delivering comfort to customers throughout Gwinnett and surrounding counties, servicing cities such as Buford, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Dacula and more. Building Science is the cornerstone of Holtkamp Heating & Air – “No component of a house can operate alone. It must be analyzed as a whole.” This Building Science approach, along with valued partnerships with quality companies like Trane, Southface and Comfort Institute, drive Holtkamp Heating & Air’s success. In addition, continued training is a top priority at all levels in the company.
Matthew and Suzanne Holtkamp established the Holtkamp Family Foundation (HFF) in 2010. The mission of of HHF is to strengthen the family by providing critical basic needs, supporting education and encouraging pro-family cultural programs. HFF accepts financial support from individuals, families and companies for this mission and responsibly stewards these financial gifts. HFF actively encourages life-giving, pro-family legislation and civic responsibility. Although HFF serves families of all faith traditions, HFF is rooted in the Roman Catholic Tradition.
Implementation & Consulting Services (ICS)
ICS is a multi-disciplined IT consulting company that specializes in data center strategic planning, service management, process improvement and technical implementation.
The ICS team is a proven performer in all aspects of mission critical infrastructure operations, supporting the growing business needs of the Fortune 1000 companies. It maintains a unique relationship with each client company to provide the business with a competitive edge.
ICS implemented Gwinnett Tech’s scholarship in 2014 to promote and draw interest to the Data Center field.
Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s largest not-for-profit health plan. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Kaiser Permanente serves more than 300,000 members and patients in a 28-county service area in metro Atlanta with care focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of heath care providers. Expert and caring medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Nationally, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers, serving approximately 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit share.kp.org.
Lennox is built on a legacy of innovative firsts, from the introduction of the riveted-steel furnace in 1895 to some of the most efficient air conditioners available today. Over the years, Lennox has set the standard for home comfort, and continues to push the standard forward with a lineup of more than 60 leading-edge products and a network of more than 6,000 full-service dealers.
Lennox International and its employees have established a heritage of giving generously to the communities where they live and work. Through corporate contributions, local employee activity organizations and the LII Employee Matching Gifts program, LII currently supports well over 100 organizations annually – including those working for excellence in education, arts, youth development, the environment, and health and human services.
Lilburn Woman's Club
In November 1972 ten women, concerned about the needs of their community, met and organized a club that has become the Lilburn Woman’s Club (LWC). Today the Club has more than 70 members. With a theme of “Community Concern,” the Lilburn Woman’s Club received its charter from the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs (GaFWC) in March 1973 and its charter from the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) in January 1974. LWC follows the guidelines of GFWC and GaFWC to enrich local and global communities in the following six service areas: Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Outreach and Public Issues.
Millennium Mat Company
The Millennium Mat Company established a scholarship to assist Gwinnett Technical College adult education students in gaining their GED® and transitioning to college. It is important to the Millennium Mat Company to give back to the community, and help others make their dreams a reality.
In 1997, the idea of Millennium was sparked by two men – Bob Kohlhepp, chairman of Cintas Corp (CTAS), a $4 billion service company, and Ian Malpass, CEO of Just Mats Limited, a small privately held UK company. Despite the disparity in size of business, they shared a common idea – being “positively dissatisfied with everything they do.” That common sense of drive for perfection, combined with a desire to grow the floor care business, prompted a spontaneous offer to join forces and create a world-class company.
Millennium’s 200,000-square-foot facility in Suwanee, Ga. houses state-of-the-art production space. Most of the production equipment used at Millennium is custom-designed and proprietary. Through constant investment in technology, the organization has the capacity to produce more than 1.8 million square meters of printed products, 4.8 million square meters of dust control mats and half a million units of molded rubber mats every year.
Mountain Shadow Garden Club
Mountain Shadow Garden Club celebrates the camaraderie that comes from gathering with others who enjoy learning more about a wide variety of gardening topics. Founded in the 1980s by Ralph Chewning and other gardening enthusiasts from the area surrounding, MSGC is proud to note that Mr. Chewning went on to become one of the national presidents of the Men’s Garden Clubs of America.
MSGC is open to men and women of all ages. Held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, the meetings and program activities are followed by a time of refreshments and socializing. For more information or for directions, call 404-641-8633.
North Fulton Master Gardeners
North Fulton Master Gardeners is a group of approximately 130 members who provide horticulture education, service and inspiration in the North Fulton community.
The North Fulton Master Gardeners develop and maintain several project gardens. These gardens illustrate different plants and gardening techniques. They include shade gardens, rock gardens, wildflower meadows, historical gardens, herb gardens, and vegetable gardens.
Master Gardeners are trained and certified by the University of Georgia Extension Program.
To aid students interested in horticulture with their education expenses, Master Gardeners initiated a scholarship for GTC students living in Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton and Johns Creek.
Northside Hospital is committed to the health and wellness of our community. As such, we dedicate ourselves to being a center of excellence in providing high-quality health care. We pledge compassionate support, personal guidance and uncompromising standards to our patients in their journeys toward health of body and mind. To ensure innovative and unsurpassed care for our patients, we are dedicated to maintaining our position as regional leaders in select medical specialties. And to enhance the wellness of our community, we commit ourselves to providing a diverse array of educational and outreach programs.
Northside Hospital-Atlanta (in Sandy Springs) opened in 1970. The original facility had 250 beds and has since been expanded to 537 beds.
In 1997, Northside Hospital-Cherokee (in Canton) was created through an agreement between R.T. Jones Regional Hospital and Northside Hospital, Inc. Today, the hospital has 84 beds. In 2011, Northside announced plans to replace the hospital with a new facility near I-575 at the Ga. Hwy. 20 exit, near the Canton Marketplace development. The opening date is expected in 2017.
In 2002, Northside Hospital purchased the 41-bed Georgia Baptist Medical Center (in Cumming) and renamed it Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Since then, the facility has experienced continuous growth, expanding to 231 beds and with three new floors underway.
Northside’s outstanding reputation in its industry is fueled by an instinctive devotion to a unique set of values. This statement of values defines and communicates those guiding, motivating philosophies that have led us to distinction:
• Progress and Innovation
Peach State Federal Credit Union
Peach State Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) has a long history of supporting the education systems that serve their membership communities. Originally founded in 1961 as Gwinnett Teachers Credit Union, Peach State Federal Credit Union serves more than 41,000 members in Barrow, Clarke, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Jackson, Oconee and Walton counties. Peach State Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization that provides quality financial services to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners.
Pieper O'Brien Herr Architects
Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects has maintained an energetic continuous practice for over forty years. The company traces its roots back to its forerunner firm founded by Kent Fischer in 1971. Members of the firm are guided in everything they do by these five principles: to create innovative design; to give responsive service; to pursue sustainability; to encourage growth; and give to the community.
Primerica, Inc. is a company that makes a difference in the lives of its clients, representatives and employees. Primerica, headquartered in Gwinnett County, believes in giving back to the communities where they work and live.
Primerica’s roots date back to 1977 when the company began a revolutionary crusade to transform the life insurance industry. Primerica originated the “Buy Term and Invest the Difference” philosophy which encourages families to purchase affordable term life insurance so they can get the protection they need at a price they can afford and have more money to invest in their family’s future.
In 2010, Primerica became a newly independent company and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under PRI. As the largest independent financial services marketing organization in North America, our goal is to dominate the changing financial services landscape for Main Street North America. Primerica is a Main Street Company for Main Street North America. Our mission is to help families earn more income and become properly protected, debt free and financially independent.
Primerica’s corporate mission and community mission go hand in hand. Primerica is committed to helping people become financially self-sufficient. Over the years, Primerica has made a great impact on Georgia communities through grant funding, corporate donations, in-kind services and employee volunteerism.
Primerica, Inc. started a revolutionary crusade in 1977 to transform the life insurance industry. Headquartered in Gwinnett County, the Primerica organization has a corporate culture of giving back to the communities where its employees work and live – having made a great impact on Georgia communities through grant funding, corporate donations, in-kind services and employee volunteerism.
Today, Primerica is a company that makes a difference in the lives of its clients, representatives and employees. The organization’s corporate mission and community mission go hand in hand. Primerica originated the “Buy Term and Invest the Difference” philosophy. This approach supports Primerica’s mission to help families earn more income and become properly protected, debt free and financially independent. By encouraging families to purchase affordable term life insurance to get the protection they need at a price they can afford, they will have more money to invest in their family’s future.
In 2010, Primerica became a newly independent company and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under PRI. As the largest independent financial services marketing organization in North America, Primerica’s goal is to dominate the changing financial services landscape for “Main Street North America.” Primerica is a Main Street Company for Main Street North America.
Residential Construction Management
The Gwinnett Tech Residential Construction Management Advisory Board members offer scholarships to students pursuing a career in Carpentry or Residential Construction Management.
Rotary Club of Gwinnett County
Service Above Self is the motto of Rotary International, and the Gwinnett Rotary Club has promoted this belief for over 12 years by proving scholarships to GTC students, enabling them to pursue their studies and ultimately help provide them with a brighter future.
Rotary Club of South Gwinnett
Founded in 1982, the Rotary Club of South Gwinnett County is known for its community and international service projects, as well as the camaraderie of its members. Embracing the mission of Rotary International, this community organization provides service to others, promotes integrity, and advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.
The South Gwinnett Rotarians gather at 12:15 p.m. each Thursday at the Northwood Country Club. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/southgwinnettrotary.
Sharon J. Bartels
Established to honor retired Gwinnett Technical College Sharon Bartels and her legacy of service to the college and students, the Sharon J. Bartels Scholarship Fund provides support to students to help pay for tuition, books and program supplies.
The Clarke Family
Ione Huff Clarke pursued a nursing career that spanned 40 years. Paying tribute to her life in nursing and memorializing her life in the Gwinnett community, The Clarke Family Nursing Scholarship was established and is funded by the estate of Elmer and Ione Clark through their sons James, Gary and David.
Clarke, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 91, was born in Duluth, Ga., in 1920. She earned a degree from West Georgia College and later graduated from the Macon School of Nursing. During the course of her nursing career, Clarke worked in pediatrics, plus operating and emergency room areas.
Recognizing the difficulties many students face when trying to finance their education, the Clarke Family Nursing Scholarship Fund is endowed at Gwinnett Tech and provides scholarships to deserving first and second year nursing students who have distinguished themselves and have demonstrated financial need.