2017 SOAR Award Recipients
Friday, April 7, 2017
Athens, Ga – First Book UGA was named “Organization of the Year” during the 16th Annual H. Gordon and Francis S. Davis Student Organization Achievement and Recognition (SOAR) Awards, given out April 6 at the Tate Student Center. The SOAR Awards celebrate the accomplishments of student organizations at the University of Georgia.
From collecting more than 1,500 books through book drives, to hosting trivia nights, First Book’s goal is to close the literacy gap faced by low income students in Athens. The organization tripled its membership roster this academic year and spent hours volunteering with local schools where they are developing long-lasting mentorship relationships.
This year, First Book also implemented their Sustainability Grant proposals for the Downtown Academy in partnership with ASHA for Education. They have received full funding to purchase software that will allow the Downtown Academy to create a fully functioning library to keep track of their books and to provide ease of access to children.
Other award categories and their recipients are as follows:
This year, 178 nominations were submitted for the 15 award categories. A panel of 54 faculty and staff members judged the nominations.
There are currently 789 registered student organizations on campus.
The awards are sponsored by the Center for Student Activities and Involvement within the Tate Student Center. For more information, see http://involvement.uga.edu.
Tate Student Center is a unit within UGA’s Division of Student Affairs.
UGA Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs comprises 18 campus departments that enhance the learning environment for students at the University of Georgia by stimulating the learning process, integrating the in-class and out-of-class experiences, promoting an environment conducive to growth and discovery and facilitating intellectual, spiritual, social, occupational, physical, cultural and emotional development. For more information, see http://studentaffairs.uga.edu.