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Pauline Ivey estate named Benefactor of the Year
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Executive Director of the Lanier Tech Foundation Cris Perkins, TCFA Vice President Larry Paulk and Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Tech president, present Betty Ann Bagley with an award naming the Estate of Pauline Ivey Benefactor of the Year for 2015. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia recently named the Estate of Pauline Ivey as its Benefactor of the Year for 2015.

The Estate of Pauline Ivey has made a tremendous impact on Lanier Technical College as well as University of North Georgia, Dawson County High School and several churches in the Lanier Technical College service area.

The impact her estate has made on Lanier Technical College will help students be able to not only attend college, but leave here as future workforce and industry leaders.

"This gift will not only give our students the opportunity to obtain their college education, but will give them the path to go on to a successful career and thrive in their community," Lanier Technical College President Ray Perren said. "We are so pleased that this generous gift was recognized in front of so many across the state. And we are extremely grateful for the generosity (Estate Trustee) Ms. Betty Ann Bagley and Ms. Ivey showed us."

In June of 2014, Ms. Ivey's estate made a donation of six properties, valued at $300,000, and a cash donation of $100,000 to the Lanier Technical College Foundation.

All proceeds from the sale of the land and the $100,000 cash gift will go toward the Pauline Ivey Scholarship Fund for General Scholarships at Lanier Technical College.

This new scholarship will focus first on residents of Dawson County who wish to attend Lanier Technical College, but will also be open to any students in the service area after priority is given to Dawson residents.

Her passion for education stemmed from her teenage and young adult years where her parents only had enough money to pay for one of their two children to attend college.

Ivey began college studying to be a secretary and when her brother came back from the military, her parents paid for the brother to attend college.

Ivey passed away April 3, 2014, at the age of 97, after living most of her life in Dawson County.

She moved to Cumming 12 years earlier.