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Parker College of Business student shares gratitude for scholarship at Zell Miller Legacy Gala

Georgia Southern senior Alecia Breen and former First Lady of Georgia, Shirley Miller

When Georgia Southern senior Alecia Breen looks back on her time as a student in the Parker College of Business, humbled, grateful and honored are a few terms that she’d use to describe her experience. 

Breen, a recipient of the HOPE Scholarship, had the opportunity recently to share her college experiences and express gratitude for the financial assistance she’s received as a student during the annual Zell Miller Legacy Gala in Atlanta. 

The Richmond Hill, Georgia, native is double majoring in operations management and logistics and intermodal transportation. She was the only college student in Georgia invited to speak during the event.

“I was humbled and honored not only to represent Georgia Southern at the event but also college students across Georgia like myself,” she said. “Attending the event made me appreciate all of the hard work and dedication put into creating the Zell Miller Foundation to provide students like me with the HOPE Scholarship to further our education.”

During the gala, Breen told the crowd that the opportunities and experience she has realized at Georgia Southern would not have been possible without the HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Foundation. 

“My experiences at Georgia Southern have truly created an amazing foundation for me as I approach graduation and enter my career,” Breen told the crowd. “None of these opportunities would have been achievable without the help of HOPE Scholarship and the Zell Miller Foundation. HOPE has given me financial security for tuition, which allows me to focus on my classes and participate in case studies and co-ops to help prepare me for the next step.”

Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with the educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible postsecondary institution located in Georgia.

The Zell Miller Foundation Annual Legacy Gala commemorates Governor Miller’s birthday by celebrating the impact of Georgia Pre-K, the HOPE Scholarship and the Zell Miller Foundation.


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