Karen Lambert, President, Peyton Anderson Foundation
Peyton Anderson Foundation
Former Macon Telegraph owner Peyton Anderson created a local foundation to improve lives and enhance Macon and Middle Georgia. Since 1989 the foundation has awarded more than $87 million to organizations and non-profits that have spearheaded other initiatives. For its 20th anniversary the Foundation launched the Peyton Anderson Scholars program, awarding more than $1,200,000 to 104 deserving students with financial need – and among them, 16 have graduated.
Peyton Anderson Foundation’s greatest contribution to Middle Georgia.
The revitalization of Downtown Macon may be the Peyton Anderson Foundation’s most significant contribution. Today, Downtown is teeming with activity as a direct result of the grant establishing NewTown Macon 20 years ago. We support large non-profits like the Medical Center and local colleges and universities that do public good. Through our scholarship program we focus on youth development. Many good things occur locally because of Peyton Anderson’s wisdom and generosity.
Why education is such a powerful, life-changing tool.
Education is a building block. It helps you know who you are and identify your capabilities. Education prepares you for living in a community. It provides training and access and levels the playing field.
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My hope for Education Together.
To continue focusing on education and on growing the number of partners – and to keep that a priority in the business community, among the non-profits and in the community at large. Obviously, the more partners we have, the more we can do and the more successful we’ll be. And, clearly, some deserving students’ lives will be changed for the better and their opportunities broadened.
How I will define the success of Education Together.
By its ongoing nature, the community support it will earn when scholarships are awarded, and when students go on to college or technical school and graduate. Education Together’s success also is measured in the lives it touches. I love the strong incentive for students to stay and live in Middle Georgia by providing the scholarships only for Middle Georgia colleges and technical schools. That addresses the challenge to attract and keep our best and brightest young people here at home.
For more information about the scholarship, including how to apply, click here.