Who We Are

Dominique Carter

"I was very fortunate to be the recipient of the Hudgens Scholarship Award. For me it was the difference in being able to go to college. I think college will change my life by giving me the tools necessary to survive in this world. I think it will also change my family's life...it'll motivate younger generations in my family to go to school and follow in my footsteps."
- Dominique Carter, Gwinnett Technical College alumni

Mary Beth Byerly

"Education and economic development create a powerful partnership – each being vital to the success of the other. Our partnerships with business and industry shape our efforts to educate and train the workforce these companies need."
- Mary Beth Byerly, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Gwinnett Technical College

Our Story

Established in 1994, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation was created to support and enhance higher education at Gwinnett Tech. Within that broad mission, our actions, achievements and priorities are many – but all ultimately benefit our students and by extension, our community.

The Foundation works to secure student scholarships and additional ways to make the goal of a college education – and a rewarding career – possible. To enrich our faculty and staff, we develop and make funding possible for a host of professional development opportunities. On campus, the Foundation is the driving force behind the capital drives that made many of Gwinnett Tech's facilities possible -- including the George Busbee International Center for Workforce Development, the D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center, Life Sciences Center, and the new Alpharetta-North Fulton Campus. Current Projects

Gwinnett Tech Foundation, Inc. was established in 1994, as a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization having a principal fund of its own, managed by its own trustees and directors, and established to maintain or aid Gwinnett Tech.

It was established to act as:

  • A vehicle for active fund raising.
  • A vehicle for spending funds directly associated with the instructional programs that may not be within the rules and regulations affecting public educational institutions.
  • A vehicle for responding rapidly to requests from business and industry.
  • A vehicle for smoothing out the unevenness of governmental income.
  • A vehicle for an incentive to generate additional revenues for the operation and improvement of Gwinnett Tech.
  • A vehicle for assisting students by providing scholarships, endowments, and grants.

The Gwinnett Tech Foundation intends to promote the cause of higher education at Gwinnett Tech and to provide assistance to Gwinnett Tech in all legitimate ways possible for the support and development of Gwinnett Tech in its educational, cultural, social, civic, professional endeavors and development.

Since its inception, the Foundation's main area of focus has been creating access for citizens. With the rapidly growing citizenry in Gwinnett and surrounding communities, much of the emphasis has been on capital, buildings and campus infrastructure. Other areas of work involve funding support for program operating costs, development of new programs and educational scholarships for students, as well as insuring that the faculty and staff continue to provide relevant knowledge in the classroom and supporting services.

The Gwinnett Tech Foundation is guided by a Board of Trustees made up of volunteers from the community who are leaders in various businesses and community organizations. The Board of Trustees is responsible and accountable to the organization's donors, to the organization's constituents, and to the community at large.

Learn more about our Board of Trustees.

Mary Beth Byerly
Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Dina Savola
Assistant to the Vice President

Jennifer Hendrickson
Director, Institutional Advancement

Mariah Lindsey
Director, Institutional Advancement

Darcie Johnson
Manager, Annual Fund

Sheila Brookshaw
Coordinator, Foundation Finances & Scholarships

Karen Eggers
Director, Advancement Services & Donor Relations

Meeting Dates: 2018-2019

  • Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Friday, November 8, 2019

As a way to celebrate generosity and gratitude, the Gwinnett Technical Foundation recently matched scholarship recipients and donors at a fourth annual event.

Overall, 212 students received $200,280 in scholarships from companies, individuals, families, faculty, staff and alumni. Some were given in honor or in memory of someone; others were to encourage and empower students to follow specific degree or career paths.

One student was Nina Thomas, a second-year veterinary technology student, who is entering an intense 16-week internship. "To work full time at this phase is very challenging," Thomas said. “This scholarship will allow me to focus full time on my studies and not stress over how I will pay for loans and tuition.”

Gwinnett Technical College President D. Glen Cannon said donors are what sets Gwinnett Tech apart from other schools. “Thanks to you, we enable students to not be limited to their current circumstances. You allow them to push beyond their limitations and dream big,” said Cannon, who himself received a scholarship from Sewell Manufacturing.

Karen Fine Saltiel, president and chairwoman of Primerica Foundation, said she was the first in her family to go to college, and she also was the beneficiary of a donors generosity. “You have each been given a gift that can be life-changing,” she said. "You owe it to your donors to do your best and succeed."

From the podium, Primerica CEO Glenn Williams told the students to ask if they were looking for a job, a career or a calling. He encouraged them to find their true calling. “Always ask for help,” he said. “People want to help others who ask. I encourage you to plug in to all of the support you have.”

Iben Thompson, a student who is one of six brothers raised by a single mom, said going to college was a stretch. But the scholarship he received would cover books, uniforms, tuition and vaccinations. "It’s covering everything I need to get started," he said. "I am very grateful because it will help me focus more on my studies and allow me to work to be the best I can be." Makayla Wooden, who has a 3-year-old child with special needs, is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She works full-time in elder care. "This scholarship means a lot," she said. "It's making it possible for me to finish out my education. I don’t know what I would do without it."

The Gwinnett Tech Foundation offices are in Building 700. Visitors can check in at the Information Desk in the lobby of Building 100 for additional directions.

For those driving to campus, there is parking available. If you prefer public transportation, you can reach Gwinnett Tech by taking the Gwinnett County Transit's Route 40.

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