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2019 Scholarship Recipient: Alan Remes

Alan is attending the University of West Georgia and has this to say about his first year.

My first year of college at the University of West Georgia was a year full of growth and learning. Throughout my first year of college I was very involved in the band program as I did marching band in the Fall and symphonic band in the Spring. I also got the opportunity to join a fraternity called Kappa Kappa Psi. This fraternity is based on service to the band program, which I thoroughly enjoy. I tried to be very involved by attending events that would go on around campus. The people at the University of West Georgia have indeed shown me what it feels to be at home away from home. My first year was cut short due to the global pandemic, but that didn’t stop me from reaching my goals. I was put on the dean’s list for the 2020 Spring semester, and I also completed my first education class for my major. Overall this year has brought me so much more passion for becoming a future educator. I want thank the GIFT BOD for the constant support throughout my first year.

UPDATE 2021! Alan makes the Dean's list again after Straight A's Fall Semester, 2020

And now in 2022, Here is Alan again

My third year at the University of West Georgia has been my favorite because I started the education program. My first year in the education program has taught me so much, and I cannot wait to put into play what I am learning in my classroom. My hard work has earned me all A’s and placed me on both the dean’s list and the President's list. Besides my academics, I have made it my goal to be heavily involved in the University community. I am currently a Peer Tutor on campus and will be an Orientation Leader for the University this summer. I have also joined a Multicultural Greek Council Organization, Lambda Theta Phi Fraternidad Latina Inc, which has given me many more opportunities. Being involved around campus has allowed me to network with people with different viewpoints and backgrounds. This Fall, I will be starting my last year of college as I will be graduating in spring 2023. The GIFT Scholarship has allowed me to reach my goals within my university. I am grateful to be representing the GIFT BOD every day.