Bishop's scholarship endowment raises nearly $174,000




     It was a gala event featuring a rich blend of special music, fine food and select commentary. Most importantly, $173,716.77 was raised toward a goal of $300,000 to fund scholarships at eight United Methodist-affi liated colleges and universities in Georgia.
    More than 450 people attended the Bishop B. Michael Watson Scholarship Endowment Dinner Sept. 15 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. The evening featured music by performers from Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, LaGrange College, Paine College, Reinhardt University, Wesleyan College, Young Harris College. Those seven schools, plus Andrew College, will benefi t from the endowment.
    Attendees were treated to a wide-breadth of musical styles as well as a variety of culinary selections, from cheddar mashed potatoes and Southern peach-vidalia chicken to mango cheesecake.
   Speakers included: Don Harp, Hal Brady, Jamie Jenkins, Lawson Bryan, Bishop Alfred L. Norris, Jordan Fleming, Bob Fletcher, Ruth Knox and Bishop Watson.
   "The evening provided a great opportunity to bring our colleges and universities in Georgia together for a common purpose,” said Fletcher, President/CEO of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF).
 The UMHEF has partnered with the GeorgiaUnited Methodist Foundation to provide scholarships at all the United Methodist colleges and universities in the state.
   “It is our plan to offer three scholarships each year to be selected from among ths eight schools,” Fletcher said. “The bishop’s endowment dinner offered a great opportunity to provide greater exposure for all our schools.
Among the major contributors to the endowment:
Gold ($25,000): Georgia United Methodist Foundation.

Silver ($10,000): Dunwoody UMC.

Bronze ($5,000): Governor and Mrs. Roy Barnes, Ben Hill UMC, Cascade UMC, Buddy and Lillian Darden, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Bob and Debbie Fletcher, Stuart and Kathleen Gulley, The Hall-Knox Foundation, Oak Grove UMC, Peachtree Road UMC, J. William and Elizabeth S. Robinson Foundation, Roswell UMC, SunTrust and Seix Investment Advisors, Bill and Judy Vogel.
For more information, or to contribute, call the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education at 800-811-8110 or e-mail Sheila Graham at

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