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STC receives scholarship funds from The Grainger Foundation

POSTED: June 25, 2009 6:06 p.m.
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Dr. Kathy Love, Savannah Technical College President and Joe Haddad, branch manager for Grainger of Savannah, presents Savannah Technical College President Dr. Kathy Love with a check for $5,000 from the Grainger Foundation.

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SAVANNAH — The Savannah Technical College Foundation has received $5,000 from The Grainger Foundation, based upon a recommendation from Joe Haddad, manager of Grainger’s Savannah facility.

Funds will be used for 10 $500 scholarships for industrial technology students to assist with expenses that other grants and/or scholarships don’t cover, such as books and equipment.

“Grainger has a strong commitment to technical education across the country,” said Haddad, manager of Grainger’s branch in Savannah. “We are proud to support Savannah Technical College and its goal to build a skilled local workforce.”

Students will have the opportunity to apply for the scholarships starting in the fall quarter. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the college, have a GPA of at least 2.5 and be majoring in one of the industrial technology programs.

 “We are appreciative that Grainger has made a financial investment for our students,” said Melinda Laager, executive director of the Savannah Technical College Foundation. “The company has been doing business in Savannah for over 20 years and we are pleased that Grainger recognizes the value of technical education. Grainger hires our graduates and supports continuing education for current employees.”

“Because a number of our students have families to support, scholarships are always appreciated,” said Gail Eubanks, interim vice president of student success.  “In today’s economy especially, scholarship funds often enable students to stay in school and complete their studies. Students are struggling to make ends meets and this is an important part of the solution.”  

Grainger has been serving Georgia businesses for over 75 years, providing supplies and equipment needed to keep their facilities running. The company has 14 locations across the state, including its Savannah location.

Illinois-based W.W. Grainger, Inc (NYSE:GWW), with 2008 sales of $6.9 billion, is the leading brad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China and Panama.

Through a highly integrated network including more than 600 branches, 18 distribution centers and multiple Web sites, Grainger’s employees help customers get the job done.

The Savannah Technical College Foundation is responsible for private fundraising to support the college, its programs and its activities.

For information on how to make a gift, visit www.savannahtech.edu or call (912) 443-3019.

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