by Pearlie M. Bowser
Dougherty County high school students who are in a pinch to make ends meet in college are getting a financial boost. State Rep. Winfred Dukes, his mother Willie Beatrice Brown-Dukes, and Albany State University Vice President for Institutional Advancement Clifford Porter Jr., will announce a new emergency loan fund at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec.9, at the Dougherty County School Board meeting, located at 200 Pine Ave.
Dukes’ mother graduated from Albany State College in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a library science certification. She worked in the Mitchell County School system until her retirement in 1994. In May, in the presence of her ASU classmates at the 60th year class reunion, Mrs. Brown-Dukes established a scholarship fund with $25,000.
The donation will assist students in Dougherty, Mitchell, Terrell and Liberty counties. Rep. Dukes said the communities were selected because “these are the counties we wanted to give back to because of the work we have been fortunate to do with their school systems.”
The fund will assist students with tuition and campus housing expenses. Details about the criteria for submitting an application will be outlined at the board meeting.
“With decreasing state and federal revenues, ASU must rely on private gifts from alumni and supporters to sustain its programs,” said ASU Vice President for Institutional Advancement Clifford Porter Jr. “We are very thankful to Mrs. Brown-Dukes for investing in students,” Porter continued.
For more information, please telephone the ASU Office of University Communications at (229) 430-4671.