AMERICUS — The name “Waitsman” has long been known for service in the Americus community. Thanks to a new service learning award established through the GSW Foundation by Marie Waitsman and her family, the name will be an integral part of Georgia Southwestern State University, as well. The Leonard and Marie Waitsman Service Learning Award will be available beginning Spring 2014.
“Service learning provides a real benefit to non-profit organizations and builds a stronger sense of civic responsibility in student participants,” said Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell.
The Leonard and Marie Waitsman Service Learning Award is designed to enhance the service learning initiatives at Georgia Southwestern and to promote student engagement with community organizations and humanitarian efforts. Award applicants will submit proposals to a campus committee composed of faculty and student affairs representatives. The committee will determine award recipients and award amounts. Applications will be accepted from enrolled GSW students, recognized student organizations or GSW faculty members.
“Contributing to the public good through relevant service and research provides the opportunity to create real change in our community,” said GSW Enactus Team faculty co-advisor Gaynor Cheokas, DBA. Enactus (formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise) is a student-led entrepreneurial and service organization within the School of Business Administration.
Marie Waitsman, along with her late husband Leonard “Lenny” Waitsman, is known for her civic responsibility and community commitment, with a strong appreciation for higher education and economic development. Marie has endowed scholarships at South Georgia Technical College, is an active Kiwanian and is a very successful volunteer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
“We are grateful to the Waitsman family for recognizing the potential impact of this award and for their support of GSW,” Rowell added.
For additional information, please contact the GSW Foundation at (229) 931-2014.