Much of the strength of our College lies in the generosity of alumni and friends creating permanent support for current and future students.

The scholarships and awards from FACS encouraged me to carry on

I also want to thank the donors and well-wishers of FACS who encouraged my research work through various scholarships. Days when I doubted my abilities as a researcher, the scholarships and awards from FACS encouraged me to carry on and believe in myself.

Apurba Banerjee - Ph.D. Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, 2017
Apurba Banerjee

Donor Impacts

Charles Schwab Financial Planning Center

Dedication of Charles Schwab Financial Planning Center

On behalf of independent investment advisors, Schwab Advisor Services partnered with Charles Schwab Foundation to provide funding toward a major renovation project within one of the college's oldest buildings that will enhance students' experiential learning opportunities.

Three independent advisory firms in Atlanta – SignatureFD, TrueWealth Management and Homrich Berg Wealth Management – contributed a total of $100,000 to the project.

Combined with support from the University of Georgia, the college and additional private funds, the renovation represents an investment of nearly $1 million and dramatically expands the space available for a program that is steadily growing in enrollment.

"We have prospered in a short period of time because of the amazing people we have to work with, especially the students," faculty member Lance Palmer said at Thursday's ceremony. "We are so grateful for the support of Schwab and our partner firms that has allowed us to transform this historic building into a cutting-edge financial planning communication training facility."

"The reason Schwab looks for partner universities like UGA is because we want to help create awareness of the wonderful, entrepreneurial career opportunities that exist within the independent advisory industry," she said, "and to do our part to support programs that create high-quality talent for those firms to hire. UGA's innovative approach to preparing future financial planners is truly inspiring."

UGA President Jere Morehead noted one of the programs that will benefit from the renovation project is the online component of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, Virtual VITA, which gives students the opportunity to provide free tax preparation for Georgia citizens through a partnership with UGA Extension.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

About Charles Schwab Foundation

Charles Schwab Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization funded by The Charles Schwab Corporation. Its mission is to create positive change through financial education, philanthropy, and volunteerism.

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