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Students to benefit from Burgess Scholarship

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January 19, 2011

Malcolm S. Burgess Jr., President and Chairman of the Board of the Burgess Pigment Company, has established an endowed scholarship for Georgia College students, supporting a university priority set by President Dorothy Leland.

Malcolm S. Burgess Jr.Malcolm S. Burgess Jr.“When President Leland told me how important it is for the university to have more scholarship funds to award the best students, I wanted to support her and the university,” Burgess said.  “Georgia College helps us keep Georgia’s best and brightest students right here in Georgia, and these scholarships will help the university prepare its students for leadership roles in their professions and in their communities.”

Burgess has been a member of the Georgia College Foundation Board of Trustees for the past eight years and currently chairs its investment committee and sits on the executive committee.  In 2009, he received the BB&T and J. Whitney Bunting College of Business Executive of the Year award.  In addition to serving on the Georgia College Foundation Board, Burgess serves on the boards of BB&T and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.

The Burgess Pigment Company, founded by Burgess’ late father in 1948, is a kaolin processing company. 

A native of Macon, Burgess earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina and is a Vietnam combat veteran.  He and his wife, Candy, live in Macon.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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