At the University of Georgia, Courtni Reese ’18 has found her independence. Growing up, she never pictured herself leaving Bowdon, a small city of around 2,000 people in Western Georgia. Now, she can’t imagine what her life would be like if she hadn’t ventured to Athens to attend UGA. In the future, the early childhood education major hopes to encourage more students in rural areas to attend college.
“My life was changed when I was accepted into UGA,” Courtni said. “I really started seeing myself as a successful student and leader from that point on.”
Upon acceptance, Courtni was awarded the Gee and Susanna Kane Scholarship. Funded by Susanna and George Kane III, parents of two UGA graduates, this scholarship supports students who demonstrate a financial need in affording tuition. Not only has Courtni’s scholarship helped her financially, but it also gives her confidence in her abilities as a student and future teacher.
“I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to come here because I know UGA has changed the direction of my future,” Courtni said. “It feels good to know that someone believes in me and to reap the benefits after working really hard [in high school].”