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UWG Announces Creation of the Judith A. Lingrell O’Harra Student Emergency Fund

by Rebecca Hightower

The University of West Georgia is proud to announce the establishment of the Judith A. Lingrell O’Harra Student Emergency Fund. Dr. Scot Lingrell, the vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and his wife, Karen Lingrell, assistant director of collaborative programs, established the gift for the purpose of creating an emergency fund for students in need.

UWG Announces Creation of the Judith A. Lingrell O’Harra Student Emergency Fund “We decided to establish the fund because we know, from personal experience, that students find themselves in critical need at times, and we need to have some money available so we can help meet those needs so that students are not distracted from their education when difficult life situations happen,” explained Dr. Lingrell.

Karen Lingrell received her B.A. from Bowling Green University in Ohio and her M.Ed. from UWG. Dr. Lingrell also attended Bowling Green State University for his bachelor’s degree in communications and his two master’s degrees in college student personnel and guidance and counseling. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio University in higher education administration.

“We established the fund as a memorial to my mother, Judith Lingrell O'Harra, because she was an educator and many times in her life gave to students and family members in critical need,” Dr. Lingrell added. “She did it without fanfare, not seeking recognition, and this is our way of preserving her legacy and paying that forward so that others can benefit from that type of generosity.”

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Posted: October 29, 2014

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