Elliott and Christy feel strongly about giving back to UGA. They chose to give to CAES because they wanted to create opportunities for students and help Georgia’s agricultural industry in the long term. Through the Elliott and Christy Marsh Legislative Internship Fund, CAES students have the opportunity to work with legislators who are deciding on policies that will affect their industry and state.
“Our hope is to encourage young people to stand up for agriculture and get involved,” said Elliott.
Elliott and Christy stay in touch with the students who have benefited from their fund. Seeing how the internships have informed the students’ career goals reinforces the lasting impact of their gifts.
“Not everyone has the financial means to [participate in an internship], and we want to give, even if it’s a little bit, to help students experience something they might not otherwise be able to.”
In addition to financially supporting CAES, Elliott serves as the alumni president for the college. His accomplishments include aiding with a bylaws update, as well as creating the first strategic plan for the college’s alumni association. His term ends June 30, 2017.