Wednesday, April 30, 2008

NAGC Creates Scholarship Program


NAGC on Tuesday announced the creation of a scholarship program and named it after a president who led the organization through difficult times.

The NAGC board named the award after Gaye Farris, who served as NAGC president from 2000 to 2003. As someone who was recruited by her to join NAGC a number of years ago, it was my honor to announce the establishment of the scholarship during NAGC's annual business meeting.

Gaye assumed leadership of the organization during a time when a vote was being considered to disband. Her determined effort eventually resulted in a dramatic membership and financial turnaround for NAGC. She has remained a dedicated servant to NAGC, even returning to a temporary board position last year.

After being surprised with the honor, she told the group that her husband had heart problems around the same time as the NAGC difficulties. "Both my husband and NAGC were sick at the same time," she told the audience. "I was determined to make sure they both got healthy."

The NAGC board of directors will be determining the criteria for the scholarship program, including its funding and distribution mechanism. If the program is half as successful and strong as Gaye, then it has a great future.

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