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Alpharetta resident Jack Peevy, shown here in this wartime photo, donated $2.1 million to North Georgia College and State University. (click for larger version)
October 24, 2012DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Retired Army Col. Jack Peevy, of Alpharetta, has committed $2.1 million to support the Corps of Cadets at North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU).
Peevy is a graduate of the university and during a 30-year military career, he commanded Airborne Infantry, Special Forces and Military Intelligence units. He also served a combat tour in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded. His pledge is the largest private gift in support of the university's Corps of Cadets.
"The Corps of Cadets is a vital part of this university's heritage and its future," said university President Bonita C. Jacobs. "Support like this sustains our efforts to educate some of the country's finest Army officers and future military leaders."
Peevy's initial gift of $100,000, made in August, established the Col. Jack Peevy Military Scholarship, a fund to assist members of the university's Corps of Cadets with educational expenses. The first scholarships from the newly created fund are expected to be awarded for fall 2014.
In addition to the scholarship fund, Peevy has pledged $2 million through his estate for future support of the Corps of Cadets. Peevy's gift was made as part of the university's recently completed capital campaign, which raised more than $44 million in support of scholarships and institutional initiatives.
"You don't realize how unique and significant NGCSU is until years after you've left it," Peevy noted about the impetus behind his gift.
NGCSU is one of six federally designated senior military colleges in the United States and carries the state designation of The Military College of Georgia.
The Corps of Cadets comprises more than 750 students, about 38 percent of the university's residential student population, who participate in a full-time Army ROTC program. The other five senior military colleges are the Citadel, Norwich University, Texas A & M, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech.
A member of the University System of Georgia and the state's second-oldest public university, NGCSU is also designated as a state leadership institution. The university is scheduled to consolidate with Gainesville State College in January 2013 to become the University of North Georgia.
For more about the Corps of Cadets and scholarship programs visit www.northgeorgia.edu.