FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kim White, Deputy Administrator
Georgia Guard Insurance Trust Funds $56,000 in 2017 Scholarships
40 Students Awarded Scholarships this Year
Rome, Ga. (June 14, 2017) – The Georgia Guard Insurance Trust (GGIT) announced on Saturday, June 3, at the Georgia Joint Officers and Enlisted Associations Conference in Stone Mountain, Ga., that it has awarded 40 students a combined total of $56,000 in educational scholarships this year.
The GGIT Scholarship Fund – sponsored by the National Guard Association of Georgia (NGAGA) and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Georgia (EANGGA) – began in 1994. It awards up to 10 $3,000.00 scholarships per year, with the potential of awarding additional $1,000.00 scholarships, pending availability of funds. In its 23 years, the scholarship fund has awarded a total of $657,100 to help fund the college education of more than 260 students.
To apply, one must be a policyholder of GGIT, or a spouse, child or grandchild of the policyholder. The policyholder with GGIT must also be a current member of the NGAGA or EANGGA.
“The Georgia Guard Insurance Trust is a nonprofit that exists solely to serve Guard members and their families,” said BG (Ret.) Marshall Kennemer, GGIT Administrator. “We are honored to have the opportunity to give back through this scholarship program and promote education.”
The main function of GGIT is to offer group term life insurance to members of the Georgia National Guard, their spouses and dependent children. Death claims are paid in full to the beneficiary of the insured within 24 hours of notification, with no immediate requirement to present a death certificate. For new Army and Air National Guard recruits who opt to receive it, GGIT provides $10,000 of life insurance for 12 months at no cost.
About Georgia Guard Insurance Trust
The Georgia Guard Insurance Trust (GGIT) was formed on Oct. 1, 1984 to offer group term life insurance to members of the Georgia National Guard, their spouses and dependent children, and to the state civilian employees of the Georgia National Guard. GGIT is a nonprofit organization. All money made on the group life insurance program above expenses is allocated to promote activities of the Georgia National Guard, such as scholarships for Guard members, spouses, dependent children and grandchildren. Since inception, GGIT has paid more than $18,000,000 in death claim benefits to Guard members and their beneficiaries. For more information, call 770-739-9651 or 800-229-1053, or visit www.ggit.org.
About National Guard Association of Georgia
The purpose of the National Guard Association of Georgia (NGAGA) is to promote the mission of the National Guard of the State of Georgia and of the United States; to cultivate and promote a better understanding of the purposes and ideals of the National Guard by the people of the State of Georgia; to cooperate with civic, philanthropic and patriotic organizations whose undertakings are not for profit, but are of vital interest to the State of Georgia and its local communities. NGAGA relies heavily upon monies from membership dues in order to make its activities possible. It is not only crucial that Georgia Guard personnel join and maintain membership in the Association, but also for Guardsmen and women to become actively involved in participating in state and national events. For more information about NGAGA, visit www.ngaga.org.
About Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Georgia
The mission of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of Georgia (EANGGA) is to promote the status, welfare and professionalism of the enlisted members of the National Guard of Georgia, and promote adequate national Security. EANGGA selects programs benefitting National Guard members and their families. It is an organization comprised of enlisted men and women of the Army and Air National Guard, and their supporters, who have banded together to pursue mutual goals in support of the National Guard and the national defense. The organization’s strength reflects its ability to influence decisions on “matters of National Defense and the ‘quality of life’” for the men and women of the Georgia National Guard. The continued success in securing legislative support hinges upon the strength of the organization’s membership. For more information about EANGGA, visit www.eangga.com.