Eagle Fund grows through alumni support

Shortly after the Class of 1966’s 45th-year class reunion, Paul Lockard, ‘66, and Les Redwine, ‘65, helped start the Eagle Fund Scholarship with an initial goal of raising $25,000. The Class of 1966 held its 50th-year reunion in April, and the Eagle Fund has awarded almost $75,000 in scholarships and has grown to an endowed fund approaching $300,000.

“While you’re in school, all you want to do is get out. But down the road, you realize that North Georgia was a good part of your life and gave you a pretty good jump start on your life – military and career,” Lockard said. “It gave us a good foundation both academically and in military knowledge and skills.”

For Amir Casimir, a cadet from Buford, Georgia, receiving the Eagle Fund Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year meant that he no longer had to balance work, school and corps duties. Now completing his junior year, Casimir is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. This year’s recipients, who each received $2,500, were Cadets Tyler Atteberry, Casimir, Vessor Smith, Joseph Tapia, Christopher Waddington, and Jonathan Whisenant.

“This scholarship recognizes the potential for good leadership and that really values what the University of North Georgia stands for,” Casimir said. “Other people see you with this potential and reward you for it. I was just doing what I thought was right and getting this scholarship was a big morale booster. It’s that extra push to not give up and keep doing what you’re doing because you’re on the right path.”

Elizabeth Rhodes, a member of the Class of 1966, also has been involved in growing the fund, along with three members of the Class of 1968 – Tony Faiia, Parker Miller and Bo Fears. The fund now has donors from classes from 1957 to 1984.