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UWG receives $101,000 gift for 2 programs
UWG receives $101,000 gift for 2 programs

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- The University of West Georgia's School of Nursing and Pre-K program have received a donation totaling $101,000 from the executive director of the UWG Foundation.

Jim Naughton gave $80,000 to the School of Nursing, citing "the outstanding education that students receive when they go through the program." He designated $50,000 of the funds for student scholarships to provide assistance to those who are struggling with recent tuition and fee increases, with the remainder going to the school's fund for program support.

"This gift provides an opportunity for financially struggling students who would otherwise have to drop out," said Dr. Katherine Grams, professor and School of Nursing dean.

Naughton also gave $21,000 to the Pre-K program, which he described as "unbelievably fantastic." The money will alleviate some of the financial strain brought about by recent cuts to the Georgia Lottery's Pre-K funding.

"With this gift, we can help those parents who would've been unable to pay for two days of school each week that are no longer provided through lottery funding," said Rachel Robinson, director of UWG's Pre-K.

"I am extremely fond of the faculty, deans and programs at the University of West Georgia, and I knew they would put this money to good use," Naughton said. "I understand the importance of early childhood education, and I'm a big fan of the School of Nursing."

Naughton, a former assistant vice president for development and alumni relations, agreed with the importance of providing financial assistance to those in need.

"You never want people to stop pursuing their education simply because they can't afford it," he said.

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