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United Community Bank Contributes to Young Harris College Local Scholarship Campaign

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

United Community Bank Contributes to Young Harris College Local Scholarship Campaign

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College recently received a gift from Jimmy Nichols, YHC Board of Associates member and United Community Bank relationship manager, on behalf of United Community Banks, Inc., as a contribution to the College’s Local Scholarship Campaign.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, more than $3.2 million has been awarded to students through the Local Scholarship Campaign, which provides scholarship funding for local students attending YHC from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Rabun, Towns and Union counties in Georgia and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina.

Established in 1991, the Young Harris College Board of Associates is a group of local business and civic leaders who act as ambassadors for the College and serve as a sounding board for the community. The Board meets regularly with YHC President Cathy Cox and other YHC administrators to discuss areas of mutual concern and interest.

United Community Banks, Inc. is the third-largest traditional bank holding company in Georgia. Headquartered in Blairsville, Ga., the company operates over 100 locations throughout north Georgia, metro Atlanta, coastal Georgia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.

For more information about United Community Bank, visit www.ucbi.com.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox (right) was recently presented with a contribution to the College’s Local Scholarship Campaign by YHC Board of Associates member and United Community Bank Relationship Manager Jimmy Nichols on behalf of United Community Banks, Inc.

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