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Giving Day

THANK YOU for the enthusiasm and support from so many alumni, faculty and staff, and friends in the community and around the nation for Dalton State’s first-ever Giving Day on October 27, 2020. Four hundred donors made 424 gifts totaling $197,967 to 46 funds, including our nine Giving Day projects. Every one of these gifts represents a donor’s belief that higher education can and does change lives, and we are honored so many donors believe Dalton State can and does deliver on that promise.  

Some success stories from Giving Day 2020:

  • Donors from 17 states and Great Britain participated.  
  • Donors endowed the new Pete Gunn Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, a Giving Day project named for the late chief of the Whitfield County Fire Department and U.S. Air Force Veteran, exceeding its original goal of $25,000.
  • The School of Arts & Sciences earned a $5,000 challenge gift from a donor when it surpassed its original $5,000 Giving Day project goal with $6,280 raised for a new Biopsychology Lab that will provide behavioral research opportunities for biology and psychology majors. Arts & Sciences had the largest number of donors to any Giving Day project with 68 participants.

Literally hundreds of people – donors, our Giving Day Ambassadors both on campus and all over, some incredible Dalton State staff members who assisted us all along the way – made this possible.  A big THANK YOU for your many contributions of all sizes and in all forms for being a part of our first Giving Day.

Dalton State’s Giving Day 2021 will be on October 21.

2020 Giving Day Funding Priorities


Dalton State’s first elected student body president was also a member of the first class here in 1967 and an admired citizen in our local community. True to the spirit of its namesake, this scholarship supports the development of student leaders on campus.


Many students’ personal finances have suffered from the loss of a job or work hours as a result of the pandemic, but they can apply for tuition help from the Roadrunner Student Emergency Fund. Unprecedented need persists for students whose lives have been shaken by recent events and who must have private financial support to stay enrolled.


Today’s remote learning requires the best technology, and our students deserve it. More than just cameras and microphones, the WSOB Technology Fund helps us stay current so we’re producing graduates who are workplace-ready.

Pete Gunn Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

We are honored to be working with the family and friends of the late Pete Gunn to endow this scholarship in his name.  An Air Force veteran, Pete was beloved and respected in our community as Fire Chief of the Whitfield County Fire Department from 1977 to 1982.


Virtual learning ensures everyone’s safety while affording our teacher candidates opportunities to hone their hands-on teaching skills.  Each virtual teaching session is followed by coaching from experienced professionals who will help the students improve their teaching skills.


Healthcare is reliant on technology, and this technology is constantly changing. Up-to-date software, instrumentation and equipment allow us to train our students to be prepared for the technology they will use in real-world clinical settings so they can deliver expert, quality care in the medical world when they graduate.

School of Arts & Sciences Biopsychology Lab

We offer cross-disciplinary and expanded research experiences for biology and psychology students in our new biopsychology lab. The acquisition of lab instrumentation and care for the lab’s small mammals will provide our students opportunities to improve their applications to graduate school or for successful employment after graduation.

Athletic Scholarship Fund

Four National Champions, 39 conference championships, 53 Academic All-Americans and 41 sport All-Americans in the past seven years. Let’s keep this going with scholarship opportunities that enable us to recruit and retain talented athletes who will bring championships and recognition to Dalton State and Northwest Georgia.

Society '63 Alumni Association

Society '63, named for the year Dalton State was chartered, is our alumni association open to all former students. Gifts to the fund support networking opportunities, career development workshops and other professional success programs designed with Roadrunners’ needs in mind.