College of Education receives over $1 million donation for student scholarship


Fernanda Camacho Hauser, Correspondent

The Georgia Southern College of Education received a $1.48 million estate donation from a GS alumna to establish a new scholarship opportunity for students.  

The Margaret Elizabeth and Cullen Bernice Sapp Memorial Scholarship funds will go towards GS students studying to become a teacher in any field of education. Details of how the scholarship will be awarded are still being determined, but award amounts will be given on the basis of financial need or merit.

“For many students, the Margaret Elizabeth and Cullen Bernice Sapp Memorial Scholarship will provide a needed opportunity to achieve their aspirations of teaching in their own classrooms,” said Amy Heaston, interim dean for the College of Education.

The story behind the scholarship is one of sacrifice, hard work and determination by Margaret and Cullen Sapp to ensure students have the opportunity they didn’t. 

The estate donation made in their names came from their daughter, Janice Castles, who made it through her under-grad, masters and doctorate programs backed by the support of her parents and husband and the scholarships awarded to her.

“[Janice] interacted with others from many backgrounds and believed that each interaction offered an opportunity for learning,” read her obituary.

While her master’s and doctoral degrees were obtained from UGA she wished to give back to the students of the university that started her higher education career and where she initially received financial help. 

“It is inspiring when alumni, whose lives were transformed through education, give back so generously so that future students can realize the same opportunities,” said GS president Kyle Marrero.