The Georgia College Advising Corps, launched under the auspices of UGA’s Institute of Higher Education in 2009 with funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, is sharing a national service award.
UGA and 17 other partner institutions that comprise the National College Advising Corps received the 2012 National Service Impact Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The award recognizes the institutions’ commitment to providing disadvantaged high school students with resources and support to pursue higher education opportunities.
“The Institute of Higher Education has a long-standing commitment to public service as well as instruction and research, and one of the areas where we’ve conducted research is into access to higher education,” said Libby Morris, vice provost for academic affairs, who also serves as director of the Institute of Higher Education and director of the Georgia College Advising Corps program.
Members of the Georgia College Advising Corps are recent graduates of UGA who work as full-time advisers at four high schools around the state. They meet with students one-on-one to discuss the college admissions process and how to apply for scholarships and financial aid. The advisers are working with students at Westside High School in Augusta, Clarke Central High School in Athens, Thomson High School in Thomson and Meadowcreek High School in Norcross.