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Young Harris Annual Fund Provides Essential Annual Income to Impact Student Success

November 2014

Each year, thousands of gifts—ranging from $5 to $500,000 and beyond—to the Young Harris Annual Fund make a combined, immediate impact. This collective source of support helps Young Harris College fund student scholarships, support outstanding faculty, make classroom equipment upgrades and underwrite new innovative programming. 

For YHC trustee and alumnus Jimmy Tallent, ’70, of Blairsville, giving to the Annual Fund allows him to directly affect student success. 

“Our young people are the most valuable resource we have, and by investing in their futures we let them know we’re proud of them and believe in their success,” said Tallent, who noted the significant impact his time at YHC had on his own life.

Only 50 percent of the College’s operating costs are covered by student tuition. The College counts on Annual Fund gifts as the very foundation for all other giving. They provide a vital margin of excellence and give the College flexibility to spend where the need is greatest.

“YHC offers the high level of educational opportunities of a larger school, but has the appealing niche of a unique—and also more personal—institution,” said Tallent. “The educational, spiritual and cultural opportunities of YHC as a four-year college are very attractive.”

As the College continues to build on its long-standing legacy, it is crucial for alumni and friends to play an essential role in helping YHC take its place among the most competitive four-year colleges in the nation. Giving to the Annual Fund does just that.

“YHC prepares students academically as well as with life lessons that will stay with them forever,” said Tallent. “I’m very proud of the College’s reputation of being one of the finest schools in the South with outstanding faculty in a nurturing, wholesome environment.”

Gifts to the Annual Fund can be applied to a specific division, department, athletic team or program. All support—in any area, in any amount—counts toward YHC’s success.

“I know what a YHC education means to the students and I know that to potential employers, these graduates are the most desirable,” said Tallent. “Supporting up-and-coming students through the Annual Fund is one of the most valuable investments I could ever make.”  
The 2014-2015 Young Harris Annual Fund drive ends on June 30, and it’s not too late to make your gift count. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173.