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GNTC receives $20,000 Gene Haas Foundation grant

December 14, 2021–10:38 a.m.


If you are a fan of motor racing, you will recognize the name of Gene Haas, who founded the Stewart-Haas NASCAR team and the Haas Formula 1 team.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Precision Machining and Manufacturing program on the Floyd County Campus and Whitfield Murray Campus was presented with a $20,000 grant by the Gene Haas Foundation to be used for student scholarships.

The scholarships will be given to students that plan to enroll, or are currently enrolled, in a machining-based program at GNTC. The funds will be used for scholarships and to help pay for students’ textbooks or supplies.

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College is so grateful to the Gene Haas Foundation for its ongoing support of our students,” Dr. Heidi Popham, president of GNTC said. “These funds will enable outstanding students in our Precision Machining and Manufacturing program to stay the course toward graduation and achieve their career goals. We greatly appreciate our partnership with the Gene Haas Foundation.”

The criteria for receiving a Gene Haas scholarship will be determined by the program instructor or a committee that includes the instructor. The grant cannot be used to purchase equipment, machines, or simulators.

“It is such a pleasure to present this gift to Georgia Northwestern Technical College on behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation,” Lindsay Cline, director of Education and Events of Phillips Corporation said. “GNTC is an exemplary institution of manufacturing education, and Phillips Corporation is incredibly proud of their dedication to program expansion and workforce development.”