“I am thankful that I was the recipient of scholarships from private support to attend the University of Georgia. The generosity and opportunities provided to me inspired my personal giving when I was able do so.”
On her journey from grateful student to loyal donor, Katie Comer (BSA ’13) learned the importance of private support on a personal level. As a student, Katie received scholarships that paid her tuition in full to the University of Georgia. Now a regional community development manager for Meta (formerly known as the Facebook Company) and one of UGA’s youngest Presidents Club donors, she gives back to Georgia 4-H, the program that helped shape her into the successful young professional she is today.
Katie Comer serves as the Meta community development regional manager and eastern lead. Meta, formerly known as the Facebook Company, is the parent company of the apps you know and love: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Workplace, Messenger, and Oculus.
Born and raised in Carrollton, Georgia, Katie joined her local 4-H club in the fourth grade, rising to the position of state president after many years of involvement. Thanks to 4-H, she visited and toured UGA, learning about the degree programs within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. From these trips, she knew she was destined to be a Bulldog. Katie had the academic qualifications, and the financial support she received from 4-H and other private scholarships made UGA a reality.
4-H changed Katie’s life. It provided her with a way to pay for school and opened her eyes to many opportunities as she met young people across the country through conferences and projects. As the state 4-H president in high school, she visited the Georgia General Assembly to give a speech asking for funds to build new cabins at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Her love of public speaking was ignited by that opportunity, leading to her current career success.
Katie and her husband, Tyler.
Katie’s parents taught her the importance of philanthropy. They were hard workers who, despite having a large family to support, gave to others whenever they could. They taught Katie to remember the support she received and to help others behind her.
So when Katie was in a position to make a donation, she knew it would be to 4-H. Katie and her husband, Tyler Ashley (whom she met through 4-H), both donate to the 4-H leadership program at the Presidents Club level. Their gifts will support the state officers who hold the same roles they did as high school students. Katie is one of the youngest members of the Presidents Club.
“I am thankful that I was the recipient of scholarships from private support to attend the University of Georgia,” says Katie. “The generosity and opportunities provided to me inspired my personal giving when I was able do so.”