Georgia Southern Launches ‘Finish Strong’ Campaign to Ensure Eagle Success

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Georgia Southern University launched a fundraising campaign to help students facing financial hardships during these unprecedented times.

The University kicked off the “Ensure Our Eagles Finish Strong” campaign with a goal of raising $250,000 for up to 250 students on a need-based priority, as well as $140,000 to assist up to 14 returning spring sport seniors who saw their 2019-20 collegiate seasons cut short.

“The Eagle Nation family cares deeply for this University and its students,” stated Georgia Southern President Kyle Marrero. “We invite them to support our mission of providing transformative learning opportunities, and contribute to the success of our students as they continue on their educational paths.”

For traditional students, the money raised will keep them from dropping out due to a lack of funding. For student-athletes, the campaign will ensure they can finish their seasons and reach their athletics goals.

“The student-athlete experience is paramount at Georgia Southern and any time we can do right by our student-athletes, we’re going to do that,” said Georgia Southern Athletics Director Jared Benko. “Dr. Marrero and everyone on our leadership staff were very supportive of ensuring that these young men and women have the chance to come back and have a fitting senior year. This move will allow some student-athletes to graduate, some will work toward their graduate degree and all of them will be afforded the opportunity to end their collegiate careers on their field or court of play.”