Porsche Care Network Awards Grants to Three Student Groups

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Oglethorpe has a long-standing relationship with Porsche. Eight alumni currently work at the luxury car company—a number of whom started as interns.

Congratulations to three Oglethorpe student groups who came in first with Porsche!
In 2015, three Oglethorpe student organizations were awarded a total of $1500 (of the $5,000 available) from the Porsche Care Network, the community service organization of Porsche Cars North America, headquartered in Atlanta.  Environmentally Conscious Oglethorpe Students (ECOS), Heifer International, and the Outdoors Club, each received $500 to support their initiatives after submitting an application essay describing their organization’s goals, and how the donation would be used.

Each year, the Environmental Committee of Porsche Care Network helps to promote and support organizations devoted to the environment and sustainability. As part of this, student groups at various Georgia colleges and universities are identified and rewarded for their efforts with a chance to compete for a donation.

All three organizations provide opportunities for Oglethorpe students who are concerned about our earth to make a difference. ECOS shares weekly tips and tricks for students, organizes a Greek Row clean up, and volunteered with Trees Atlanta. The Outdoors Club frequently hosts Atlanta-area excursions for members, with events ranging from hiking at Tallulah Falls to rock climbing at Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Center. The Heifer International club hosted a International Food Fair to raise donations to help buy honeybees and a “flock of hope” (chicks, ducks, and goslings).

ECOS will use the grant to create an off-campus compost plan for leftover food in the dining hall. The Outdoors Club used their grant to plan a day trip for 15 students to Appalachian Ski Mountain. Heifer International plans to use its grant to help increase awareness about the club on campus and to support a women’s empowerment event.

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