The Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia has named the estate of Pauline Ivey as its Benefactor of the Year for 2015.
The honor was announced Tuesday at the Awards Dinner of the Annual Technical College System of Georgia Leadership Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead.
In June 2014, Ivey’s estate made a donation of six properties, valued at $300,000, and a cash donation of $100,000 to the Lanier Technical College Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of the land and the $100,000 cash gift will go toward the Pauline Ivey Scholarship Fund for General Scholarships at Lanier Tech.
“This gift will not only give our students the opportunity to obtain their college education, but will give them the path to go on to a successful career and thrive in their community,” Lanier Tech President Ray Perren said. “We are so pleased that this generous gift was recognized in front of so many across the state. And we are extremely grateful for the generosity (estate trustee) Ms. Betty Ann Bagley and Ms. Ivey showed us.”
This new scholarship will focus first on residents of Dawson County who wish to attend Lanier Tech, but will also be open to any students in the service area after priority is given to Dawson residents.
Her passion for education stemmed from her teenage and young adult years, where her parents only had enough money to pay for one of their two children to attend college. Ivey began college studying to be a secretary, and when her brother came back from the military, her parents paid for the brother to attend college. Ivey never wanted any other students and potential students to go through what she experienced.
Ivey died April 3, 2014, at the age of 97.