The Atlanta Hawks Foundation Grants $50,000
to Georgia State University for Scholarships

ATLANTA, GA (January 9, 2012) - The Atlanta Hawks Foundation has awarded a five-year, $50,000 grant to Georgia State University (GSU) freshman who have demonstrated a commitment to education and community service.

Reflecting the passion that the National Basketball Association and its players have for giving back to the communities that support them, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation Scholarship Program will help incoming first-year, full-time GSU students from Georgia.

Administered through the GSU Foundation, the program will fund one annual $2,500 scholarship per year for the next five years. Each scholarship is renewable for four years with the student meeting criteria that includes maintaining a 2.8 grade point average.

"The new scholarships from the Atlanta Hawks Foundation will make a real difference in the lives of Georgia State students," said Timothy M. Renick, GSU associate provost for academic programs and chief enrollment officer, who will oversee the scholarship selection process.

"Finances are the largest cause of students dropping out of college, so we are very thankful for this opportunity to partner with the Hawks organization in support of our students," he added.

The Atlanta Hawks Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Georgia youth by inspiring them to develop a passion for learning and a commitment to physical fitness and recreation. By creating programs and forging partnerships with local agencies, the foundation continues to impact the lives of Georgia's young people.

"As an organization, foundation and professional sports team in Atlanta we have an opportunity to make a tremendous impact on this community both on and off the court," stated Michael Gearon, co-managing partner of the Atlanta Hawks and GSU alumnus. "We are proud to work with GSU to create the Atlanta Hawks Foundation Scholarship Fund that will support those Georgia students who exhibit a dedication to achievement and achievement of their college dreams."

Criteria for the Atlanta Hawks Foundation Scholarship include academic record and grade point average; SAT or ACT scores; quality of community service; and an essay describing how the scholarship will impact the student’s educational experience.

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The Atlanta Hawks Foundation has, since its inception in 1988, contributed millions of dollars in monetary and in-kind donations to the community, including awarding scholarship to high school seniors and providing grants to local nonprofits.

Georgia State University is the Southeast's leading urban research institution. It is on the list of the top 100 public universities for doctoral degrees awarded. More than 250 degree programs with 100 fields of study are offered at the bachelor's, master's, specialist and doctoral levels. Students may enroll in day or evening classes and in part-time or full-time study.