Contributions from alumni and friends are essential for the Odum School's excellence in research, teaching and service. Private financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations provides the margin of excellence that helps distinguish great universities from good ones. Direct state support accounts for only about one third of UGA's annual operating budget. Every gift is important, regardless of size!
Please consider making a gift online or mailing a check, payable to the UGA Foundation, to: UGA Gift Accounting Office, 394 South Milledge Avenue, Suite 100, Athens GA 30602. You may include the fund name on the memo line. Below are several of the funds where you can designate your gift. If you cannot find the one you are looking for call Allison Walters at 706-542-6007.
To make an online gift, simply click on any of the important ecology initiatives below.
The Ecology Fund allows us to address the most pressing needs in the Odum School of Ecology. As the unrestricted fund this supports various initiatives of the students, faculty and Dean.
The Graduate Diversity Award in Ecology provides support for increasing the diversity of graduate students enrolled in the Odum School. Support includes travel and recruitment costs incurred by members of the Odum School. The award also provides funding to enhance the research experience for potential enrollees of the Odum School. This award was established by Dr. Dave Coleman, an emeritus faculty member of the Odum School.
The James W. and Karen G. Porter Endowment supports exemplary undergraduates who demonstrate great passion for study in any area of ecology, in keeping with the importance the Porters placed on undergraduate education throughout their academic careers. Scholarship support will include funding for stipends, travel, research supplies, and related expenses to enhance undergraduate research at the Odum School.
The Thelma Richardson-Frank Golley Undergraduate Support Award encourages individual excellence in undergraduate studies with awards to Odum School undergraduate students for travel, papers, general merit, and other endeavors.
The Meyer-Helfman Travel Award is awarded annually to students for travel to meetings, research sites, etc. which will further the Odum School's contribution to applied ecology in honor of two distinguished, retired faculty members - Judy Meyer and Gene Helfman.
The Odum Global Scholars Fund for Undergraduate Study provides critical financial support for undergraduate students interested in studying abroad, which is a focal point of our undergraduate program.
The Odum Global Scholars Fund for Graduate Study provides critical financial support for graduate students interested in studying abroad, which is a focal point of our graduate program.
The EcoFocus Film Festival is an annual environmental film festival initiated by the Odum School in 2007. EcoFocus connects the Odum School with the public by presenting films to inspire community dialogue and promote increased awareness of environmental and ecological issues.
The Sustainability Plan for Ecology Fund supports the Odum Schools goal to be the most ecologically sustainable academic program in the world and to enhance our research and teaching abilities in a holistic way, embodying the ecological philosophy of the School’s founder and namesake.
The Ron Carroll and Carol Hoffman Costa Rica Travel Award provides funding for undergraduate and/or graduate students traveling to Costa Rica. Students traveling for the Maymester Tropical Ecology program are given first preference.
Frank Golley Memorial Award – Created in memory of Dr. Frank Golley this award supports graduate student research and travel on an annual basis.
The Odum School of Ecology Faculty & Staff Support of Academic Excellence Award is an award that benefits undergraduate and graduate students through support from contributions by faculty and staff.
Whether you wish to make an annual gift, create an endowment or establish a planned gift each of these will play a vital role in supporting our students and faculty with their educational and research endeavors.
To learn more about planned giving at the University of Georgia click here.
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If you have any questions regarding supporting the Odum School, please contact:
Allison Walters, Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator