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Gains and Challenges Seen in New Study of U.S. Postdoc Programs

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A new report released today from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) published in partnership with Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, highlights both progress over the last decade in institutional support for postdoctoral fellows ("postdocs") as well as significant areas requiring attention. The report, Pressing Forward in Supporting Postdocs: 2023 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report, makes specific recommendations to institutions hosting the nation's 72,000 postdocs.

"The NPA Institutional Policy Report is invaluable in showing how far we have come in supporting postdoctoral scholars, in helping us dig deeper into the issues that impact scholars and our offices, and in advocating for greater support for the scholars that are working hard to change the world," commented Sofie R. Kleppner, Ph.D., associate vice provost and associate dean, Stanford University.

The new release provides four critical recommendations for improving the postdoctoral environment: pay postdocs a competitive wage with comprehensive benefits; provide proper institutional support for postdoc offices and associations; collect data on postdoc demographics and outcomes; and provide a postdoc handbook transparently outlining institutional policies.

"This report provides clear direction for any institution with a postdoc program," commented Thomas P. Kimbis, J.D., executive director and chief executive officer of the NPA. "The data tell a tale of hard work and major successes in some areas- and the need to redouble efforts in others."

With data collected from more than 100 institutions, the NPA looked at key factors of postdoctoral programs, including policies, benefits, and training programs. With longitudinal data covering a span of nine years, originating with the first such report in 2014, this report provides a unique data set identifying specific areas of strength and weakness aggregated across U.S. postdoctoral policies and practices.

For the first time, the survey also collected information on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts at institutions, with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. In regard to the total number of postdocs in the U.S., the data did not show any indication of a decrease over the last three years, although there has been a decline when looking across the last decade.

"This data gives us critical insight into key areas of need when it comes to institutional support and fair pay for postdoctoral scholars," said Jamie Vernon, Sigma Xi executive director and chief executive officer. "The inclusion of DEI information in this year's report represents a key area of importance for both Sigma Xi and the NPA and can produce a valuable barometer for institutions."

The report is tied to the NPA Recommendations for Postdoc Policies and Practices, which provides comprehensive guidelines for institutions hosting postdocs. A new version of the recommendations is scheduled to be released in 2024, providing additional direction to institutions seeking to improve their postdoctoral environments.

Pressing Forward in Supporting Postdocs is being released in conjunction with the September/October issue of Sigma Xi's publication, American Scientist, and is also available online at the Sigma Xi and NPA websites. The report is the fourth in a series of triennial reports on this topic. Past reports and aggregate survey data are available to NPA members online.

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About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 20,000 individual and 230 organizational members.

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Reagan Foundation and GE Announce Scholarship Application Open Date of October 16, 2023

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, in partnership with GE, are pleased to announce that the 2024 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program will open for applications on October 16, 2023. This program awards up to $400,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors across the country in 2024.

Now in its 14th year, the program has awarded $8.62 million to 216 students. Recipients hailing from 42 states and attending more than 120 undergraduate campuses form a diverse network of young leaders attending college, pursuing graduate degrees, and working in careers ranging from medicine, law, education, business, nonprofit, and more around the world.

To qualify, students must:

* Demonstrate the attributes of leadership, integrity, drive, and citizenship within their communities, schools, and workplaces

* Display strong academic performance

* Be a citizen of the United States of America

* Be a current high school senior attending school within the United States and graduating in the current academic year

* Plan to enroll in a full‑time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four‑year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic school year

This year's recipients will be recognized at an exclusive Scholars Retreat at the Reagan Library where they will participate in leadership development activities, a community service project, and a formal awards program.

"Through the GE-Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholarship Program, President Reagan's enduring legacy of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship is showcased among the next generation of leaders," says Janet Tran, acting Chief Learning Officer at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. "We are eager to celebrate those stand-out students in the Class of 2024 who are already leading, serving and pursuing a life of purpose and significance, both individually and for their communities."

"As the network of exceptional GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars grows, we are proud to play a role in deploying some of the most promising young leaders on college campuses across the country," says Julie Grzeda, Director of Early Career Talent at GE Aerospace. "We are confident that this year's class of extraordinary young people will be a force for good over the next four years and well into their professional careers."

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The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program has been cited by U.S. News and World Report as one of four "huge scholarships worth $10,000 or more" that students should seriously consider. Information about the 2024 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program is available online, and a link to the online application will be available beginning October 16, 2023. For information, contact

About the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute:

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is the sole nonprofit organization created by President Reagan charged with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles - individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion, the award-winning Reagan Leadership Center, and the Reagan Institute, which carries out the Foundation's mission in Washington, D.C.

The Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It also serves as the final resting place of America's 40th President and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

About GE:

GE (NYSE:GE) rises to the challenge of building a world that works. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today the company's dedicated team, leading technology, and global reach and capabilities help the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. GE's people are diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest level of integrity and focus to fulfill GE's mission and deliver for its customers.

About Reagan Education:

Reagan Education is a part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute. It is home to world-class educational programs serving middle school through university learning levels and develops curricula designed for teachers, school districts and homeschools. Reagan Education also delivers some of the most well-regarded scholarship programs for high school seniors, including the nationally-recognized GE-Reagan Scholarship and the Reagan Foundation Scholars Program.

Attached is a list of the programs offered through Reagan Education.

* Middle/High School:

Student Leadership Program

A week long summer program where students take action in their communities, make new friends, and have fun while developing leadership skills.

Reagan Academy

Online learning courses tailored to help students develop their leadership and communication skills, awarding them a Presidential Certificate upon completion.

Reagan Leadership Medal

Award recognizing outstanding achievements of America's graduating high school seniors who best exemplify drive, humility, and service before self.

* Scholarships:

GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

$40,000 scholarships awarded nationally to students who exemplify leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship.

Reagan Foundation Scholars Program

$50,000 in scholarships distributed to Ventura County, CA students who showcase character, leadership, communication skills, and commitment to the local community.

Great Communicator Debate Series

$50,000 in scholarships awarded through a series of debate competitions across the United States for students who are interested in influence and debate.

* College:

Reagan Leadership Summit

Annual leadership conference for students by students. Hear from speakers making change in their communities, learn new leadership tools and strategies, and expand networks by meeting fellow students from across the country.

University Internships

Paid summer positions available on-site at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library that focus on facilitation and mentoring our middle and high school level Student Leadership Programs.

Leadership and the American Presidency

Accredited summer college course and internship placement in Washington, D.C., offering opportunities for students to learn valuable insights from top names in government, business, and nonprofit organizations.

* Teacher Resources:

Reagan Leadership Center

Award-winning, immersive, learning experience that builds leadership and communication skills for participants of all ages, offered both in-person and virtually.

Classroom Resources

Free curricula, supplemental resources, and virtual videos of special guest speakers designed by our subject matter experts on civics, leadership, the presidency and more.

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From Classroom to Career: Two We Are G.A.M.E. Alumni Kickstart Their Professional Lives

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Graduating from college and embarking on a professional career is a rite of passage for young adults. This summer, two talented alumni from We Are G.A.M.E. have made that important leap: Bailey Wong and Hannah Walker. Their stories serve as an inspiration for aspiring student-athletes and highlight the power of education and mentorship.

Bailey Wong is a shining example of how hard work and determination can pay off. After graduating summa cum laude from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona's College of Environmental Design, Bailey's passion for urban and regional planning, social justice, and community development found the perfect outlet. She took internships at organizations like Eco Rapid Transit, where she created alignment maps, and Strategic Action for a Just Economy (SAJE), where she researched vacant public-owned properties in Los Angeles.

These internships honed her skills and enabled her to land a position as a Data Analyst and Community Engagement Coordinator at Murakawa Communications right after graduation. Now, she gets to use her degree and focus on community development every day in her new role.

Hannah Walker's journey from student-athlete to a career in marketing and communications showcases the value of pursuing your dreams. While completing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), Hannah also worked with CSUB Athletics as a Marketing and Fan Experience Graduate Assistant. She was able to complete her bachelor's degree debt-free, thanks to a full-ride track and field scholarship, paving the way for her master's degree. Now, she's channeled her experiences into a role as the program's Communication and Marketing Specialist, where she is responsible for developing and executing marketing plans and advertising campaigns to support CSUB Athletics.

Both Bailey and Hannah have benefitted greatly from the support they received from their We Are G.A.M.E. mentors. By empowering them with the tools and skills needed to excel in the world of college athletics and academics, We Are G.A.M.E. has helped these two incredible student-athletes transition into successful careers. They have not only navigated higher education successfully but have also been set up for long-term success in their chosen fields.

Empowering the Next Generation of Student-Athletes

We Are G.A.M.E., Inc., stands for "Those Empowering Athletes by Mentoring" (T.E.A.M.), and is comprised of community members committed to supporting student-athletes. The nonprofit focuses on helping young athletes achieve their full potential, both on and off the field, by providing mentorship, support, advice, and life guidance.

By identifying student-athletes as early as ninth grade, We Are G.A.M.E. aims to positively impact their lives. The organization's mentors work with students and their parents to develop game plans that prioritize both academic excellence and athletic success. By encouraging a strong focus on education, We Are G.A.M.E. ensures that young athletes are equipped to thrive in their future careers.

To learn more about We Are G.A.M.E. and the incredible work they do for student-athletes, visit their website at

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New Class of NPA IMPACT Fellows Announced: Six outstanding postdocs hailing from underrepresented communities form third IMPACT class

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today announced the members of its third class of scholars in its signature program designed to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in the postdoctoral community and beyond. The six fellows in the NPA's 2023-2024 IMPACT Fellowship Program ("IMPACT") are postdoctoral researchers representing diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies.

"We are thrilled to welcome this cohort of remarkable individuals who are not only striving to reach their full potential but committed to lift up one another along the way," commented Thomas P. Kimbis, J.D., executive director and chief executive officer of the NPA. "By strengthening themselves through the IMPACT program, they position themselves as leaders within their fields, their communities, and our society."

IMPACT was launched in 2021 to empower postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented backgrounds to build skills, understand strengths and develop networks. Competition for seats in the third year of the program grew dramatically, with nearly one hundred applicants from across the globe for only six positions. This year's selectees are early-career professionals in fields ranging from molecular biology and neuroscience to chemical engineering and education.

Fellows begin today on a 16-month program that allows them to recognize and build upon their own strengths, learn from their peers, network with experts, connect with IMPACT alums who have already completed the program, and gain additional mentors, allowing them to advance confidently in their careers. IMPACT Fellows also use the knowledge, tools and resources they gain from the program to implement innovative activities or initiatives at their institutions that amplify the impact of the fellowship as they contribute back to home communities.

"We are just beginning to grasp the full reach and impact this program has on both IMPACT Fellows and their communities," said Caleb McKinney, Ph.D., MPS, chair of the NPA board of directors. "In the right environment, a small cohort of diverse leaders like this one builds capacity to positively affect thousands."

NPA IMPACT Fellows, Class of 2023-24:

* Angela Crumdy, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

* Lisa Eshun-Wilson, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute

* Pierre Kawak, Ph.D., University of South Florida

* Nicole Maphis, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

* Islamiat Raji, Ph.D., Queen's University

* Henkel Valentine, Ph.D., Fox Chase Cancer Center

IMPACT is made possible through the generosity of its sponsors, who have included the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Charles River Laboratories, Columbia University, Gallagher Insurance, LS-PAC MODELS Center, the University of Illinois Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the National Science Foundation.

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The NPA is seeking additional sponsors to support underrepresented communities of scholars, promote their own diversity goals, and advance discussion and action in areas needing critical attention.

Academic institutions, companies, and nonprofit funders wishing to engage with the NPA can read more about available sponsorship opportunities:

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The NPA is a national charitable and educational nonprofit association headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, that seeks to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting a culture of inclusive connection. Individuals seeking to support NPA and its charitable mission, please visit


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Novelist Michelle Wildgen Joins Todos Santos Writers Workshop’s 2024 Winter Session

TODOS SANTOS, Baja California Sur -- Novelist Michelle Wildgen has joined the faculty of the Todos Santos Writers Workshop for the 11th annual winter session, Feb. 4 - 10, 2024. Wildgen, a longtime editor at Tin House magazine, and author of four novels, will lead the fiction class. Wildgen joins Christopher Merrill (poetry), Karen Karbo (memoir), Jeanne McCulloch (memoir), and Rex Weiner (storytelling strategies) in the acclaimed creative writing retreat's teaching lineup.

Wildgen's most recent novel, "Wine People," published in August 2023 by Zibby Books, is described as "A riveting, behind-the-scenes portrait of a high-drama industry, from the chateau to the corner office... pour a glass and dive in," by Oprah Daily.

"I've known Michelle since we were colleagues at Tin House," said TSWW co-founder and co-director Jeanne McCulloch. "In addition to being a gifted writer and editor, she is a wise and generous teacher who understands craft on a fundamental level. She also happens to be a fabulous person, our students will be very fortunate to work with her."

"I'm thrilled to join the incredible faculty at Todos Santos Writers Workshop and to work with the brilliant Jeanne McCulloch once again," said Wildgen. "Something truly special happens for the writers around these tables, and I'm honored to be a part of it."

About Michelle Wildgen:

In addition to Wine People, Wildgen is the author of the novels You're Not You, But Not For Long (Picador), and Bread and Butter (Doubleday), and the editor of the food writing anthology Food & Booze (Tin House). A former executive editor with the award-winning literary journal Tin House, she is a freelance editor and co-founder/co-director since 2013 of the Madison Writers' Studio in Madison, Wisconsin. More info at

About Todos Santos Writers Workshop:

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop, founded in 2014, is a center for creative writing based in the historic pueblo mágico of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. TSWW's annual winter session offers workshops for writers at all levels in fiction, memoir, poetry, and storytelling strategies. Classes are limited to eight participants to ensure maximum individual attention. An annual TSWW spring session in Paris, France, focuses on memoir writing.

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innovosource hosts virtual conference to bridge gap between tech and startup gap fund and accelerator programs and development and advancement offices

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- It's a trending topic among research institutions - to improve alignment between tech and startup gap fund accelerator programs (GAP) and development/advancement offices. Why? Because more and more alumni and friends of research institutions are looking to channel funds into innovation funds and support programs, like proof-of-concept programs, startup accelerators and university venture funds. So to meet that end, innovosource is hosting a virtual conference, "Innovation and Venture Philanthropy for Research Institutions" on August 23. This unique opportunity invites key parties from each group to participate.

The event is designed to help the groups work together to inspire innovation and philanthropy throughout their research institutions and in their communities. It's also a good opportunity for relevant industry experts, donors and supporters who are interested in being at the forefront of innovation and technology advancement.

Collaboration is key. From technology commercialization professionals and GAP funding accelerator leaders to foundation/development/advancement offices, it's essential that these groups do not silo themselves. Innovation and philanthropic success lays in partnership.

The event will offer a diverse range of content including thought-provoking panels and case studies; experts from Duke University, Innovate Calgary, Tulane University, and University of Notre Dame will share fundraising success stories and strategies.

"The primary goal of this virtual conference is to help participating campuses move the needle through successful tactics and examples, and to help them to leave common misconceptions behind - ones that may be holding back the opportunity/potential of philanthropy as support for innovation and commercialization priorities," Jacob Johnson, founder, innovosource, says. "We want them to come away with not just ideas, but actual ways to implement powerful and effective donor-supported innovation programming strategies of their own."

So, don't miss out on this exceptional gathering that bridges the gap between technology commercialization and philanthropic endeavors.

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About innovosource:

Over the past 17 years, innovosource ( ) has worked with and supported hundreds of gap funding programs around the world. By partnering with research institutions and affiliates, innovosource informs, connects, and advocates for technology and startup gap funding and accelerator support programs.

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Glancy Wine Education Foundation Names Ana Keller as President and Adds New Board Member Peter Andrews

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sonoma vintner Ana Keller as its new board President and the addition of importer Peter Andrews as a new board member. Founding President Cheryl Halloran will remain on the board in her role as Fundraising Chair.

Keller brings more than 12 years of experience working on non-profit boards to the position, having served as President of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance, as well as continuing to serve as a board member of the Sonoma County Vintners. For the last 23 years, Keller has helped to run her family's winery, Keller Estate, where she has served as Estate Director since 1998.

"I'm extremely excited to join a mission-driven organization that has done such great work in furthering wine education for BIPOC and under-represented wine professionals," said Keller. "I believe we've only scratched the surface of what this foundation is capable of, and I look forward to being involved in the next stage of its evolution and growth."

Wine importer Peter Andrews, DipWSET, CSS, CSW, MBA, has also joined the board, offering his 13 years of experience as a wine educator, sales manager, and operational executive for a wine e-commerce retailer to the organization. Andrews recently launched Culture Wine Co., an importer, wholesaler, e-commerce retailer, and wine club focusing exclusively on the wines of South Africa.

"These are two stellar additions to an already strong volunteer board," said board Vice President, Alder Yarrow. "The combination of Ana's leadership track record and Peter's strong industry and operational experience will be invaluable."

Both Keller and Andrews have joined on the eve of the foundation's third anniversary. To date the organization has provided more than $220,000 in scholarships to more than 140 individuals representing a wide range of experience and backgrounds both inside and outside the wine and hospitality industries.

Professionals in need of financial aid are encourage to apply for scholarships year-round at Awards are made monthly.

About The Glancy Wine Education Foundation:

Established in 2020, The Glancy Wine Education Foundation is a registered a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting underserved and minority communities with scholarships to further their professional wine education, increase diversity, and raise earning power.

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Bethlehem Area School District (Pennsylvania) Selects Synergy Education Platform

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Edupoint® Educational Systems announced today that Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) has selected the company's industry-leading Synergy® Student Education Platform for its K-12 student data management needs. The district's solution will include Synergy Student Information System, Synergy Online Registration, Synergy MTSS, and Synergy Special Education, and will be hosted in the Synergy AWS Cloud environment. BASD serves over 13,300 students across 22 schools in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania.

Bethlehem district leadership assembled a team to explore current industry offerings and evaluate their ability to offer improvements in efficiency and effectiveness. Over a period of six months, 67 participants representing a wide variety of roles at all levels of the organization - including secretaries, teachers, principals, assistant principals, and applications specialists, in addition to the district technology team - contributed feedback on the solutions under consideration. After extensive evaluation, including hosting week-long software demonstrations with three finalists, the team selected Synergy based on a number of key factors, including the following:

* Integrated student information, special education, and MTSS management

* Streamlining of special education and MTSS processes

* Robust query, reporting, and decision support tools

* Timely, reliable data

* Federal and state reporting capabilities

* An established and growing presence in Pennsylvania

The district also sought a vendor with a long-term commitment to building and supporting its solutions in-house - a criterion that only Edupoint was able to meet.

"We didn't want multiple separate systems," said Marie Bachman, Chief Technology Officer at BASD. "We wanted to give our teachers an improved user experience, greater access to students' special education information, and a better system for MTSS - all of which will enhance their ability to support students. Teachers are excited about these modules, which work together and are built right into the interface that they will already be using for everyday tasks."

"With Synergy, Bethlehem Area School District is getting a student data management system that will aid in eliminating unnecessary data-entry and integration busywork so stakeholders can focus their time on higher priorities, including supporting students and improving learning outcomes," said Rob Wilson, Edupoint's President and Chief Innovation Officer. "The seamless integration built into Synergy Education Platform will make a significant contribution, as well, to the district's efforts to improve data governance. We are pleased to welcome BASD aboard as an Edupoint partner."

About Edupoint Educational Systems

For over 35 years, the leadership of Edupoint Educational Systems has provided well-designed, technologically advanced student data management systems that empower K-12 stakeholders to improve student achievement. Synergy Education Platform by Edupoint is an industry-leading student data management ecosystem built to fit the way educators already work. Synergy is unique among K-12 student data management solutions in providing an array of role-based mobile apps designed to give all stakeholders access to the tools they need when and where they need them. More than 5.5 million students use Synergy in 22 states.

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Alliance Group CEO Lee Duncan Appointed to UGA’s Terry College Alumni Board

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Lee Duncan, President and CEO of Alliance Group, has accepted an invitation to serve a three-year term on the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business Alumni Board, effective July 1, 2023.

The Terry Alumni Board, acting in an advisory capacity to the Dean and faculty of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, carries a noble cause of fostering a continual affiliation between former students and the institution. Duncan's commitment to community building, coupled with his remarkable achievements in the business world, make him a valuable addition to the Board.

In his new role, Duncan will support Terry programs and activities, participating in numerous initiatives such as the Alumni Awards and Gala, Student of the Year, Terry Third Thursday, and the Women's Conference. He will serve not only as a mentor to current students and young alumni but also as a promoter of the institution's philanthropic priorities.

"Lee's passion for the Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia is tremendous," said Jason Huggins, incoming Terry Alumni Board President. "We look forward to his contributions and service as we continue to grow our engagement with Terry Alums around the country."

Duncan's appointment reaffirms the Terry College of Business' commitment to engaging its alumni in active roles that enhance the quality of education, network opportunities, and overall student experience.

About Lee Duncan:

In his time at Alliance Group, the life insurance marketing organization has flourished, establishing themselves as a leading IMO for independent life insurance agents and agencies. Since joining the company in 2003, Lee has played an integral role in the growth and development of Alliance Group, from a $8m production total in 2003 to a record $56m in 2022. With more than 5,000 independent agents nationally, Alliance Group is currently protecting over 150,000 American families with more than $30 billion of Living Benefits coverage.

About Terry College of Business:

The Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia is the state's flagship business school. Terry offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, equipping students with a strong foundation in business principles and the opportunity to develop specific expertise in a specialized area.

About Alliance Group:

As "The Living Benefits IMO," Alliance Group provides independent agents and agencies with superior marketing and training solutions. Since 1998, Alliance Group has been helping life insurance agency partners spread awareness about Living Benefits life insurance, while also helping them solve clients' tax-free retirement, mortgage protection, small business planning, and estate planning needs. Alliance Group has an A+ rating on BBB. The company's main website is

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NGPA Launches 25th Scholarship Cycle with Offerings Over $500k

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- Today, the NGPA proudly announces the opening of their most generous scholarship offering in the organization's history. This year NGPA celebrates a momentous milestone: 25 years of scholarships. NGPA is offering over $500,000 in scholarship dollars to their membership this year! This year NGPA will surpass $1.7 million donated since 1998, furthering the organization's mission to build, support, and unite the LGBTQ+ aviation community worldwide.

Offerings for the 2023 scholarship cycle are funded through industry partners and membership donations. There are a variety of scholarships available for all levels of flight training and other aviation-related higher education. Removing financial barriers to becoming an aviation professional is essential in crafting a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industry.

Miriam Williams, Chair of the NGPA Scholarship Committee, says: "If you aspire to work as an aviation professional, please apply. Our scholarship program is one of the most substantive means NGPA can give back to its membership and meet the 'build and support' portions of our mission. The scholarship program means a great deal personally because it is a way for me to plant something good for the future."

This year the NGPA is continuing its partnership with the United Airlines AVIATE Academy (UAA); Greater than $325,000 of this year's scholarship offerings are extended to students participating in the UAA through our partnership with United Airlines. "NGPA is excited to kick off pride month by celebrating its scholarship program's silver jubilee; a momentous milestone representing 25 years of awarding scholarships to aspiring aviators serving their LGBTQ+ community. We are incredibly honored to receive United Airlines Aviate Academy's generous support, as well as additional support from NGPA's individual donors & corporate sponsors," says NGPA Executive Director Justin Ellixson-Andrews.

Furthermore, NGPA would also like to extend an enormous thank you to all sponsors: American Airlines, Buttgenbach Foundation, Cage Marshall Consulting, Delta Air Lines, Emerald Mental Health, Endre Holden & Stephanie Goetz, Envoy, Epic Flight Academy, FedEx, Flex Air, Flying Dollar Airport, JSX, Piedmont, PSA, Republic Airways, Solairus Aviation, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Wheels Up.

NGPA scholarships are awarded regardless of an individual's gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, but all applicants are asked to provide evidence of their contributions to the LGBTQ+ community. To apply, all applicants must be members of the organization; membership can be purchased or renewed at The application window is open June 1 through 11:59 PM PDT, July 31, 2023.

About The NGPA:

The NGPA is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis. Founded in 1990, NGPA is an international organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) aviation professionals and enthusiasts. Our organization aims to encourage individuals to begin aviation careers, foster an environment of equality for LGBTQ+ aviators, promote safety, and establish personal and professional networks. The NGPA makes this a reality through education, outreach, and social events. Our organization is run by a board of directors, executive leadership, and volunteers!

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