(DeKalb County, November 1, 2018) – – Students experiencing financial hardships while pursuing their degree, diploma or technical certificate of credit at Georgia Piedmont Technical College soon will be getting some much-needed relief thanks to The Merancas Foundation, Inc.   That organization recently provided $50,000 to the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation to assist current and future students. Georgia Piedmont’s foundation is a community-based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that supports students as they achieve their educational goals.

“Georgia Piedmont’s students will benefit greatly from these funds,” said Cory Thompson, executive director of Marketing and Communications and liaison to the Foundation Board of Trustees at Georgia Piedmont. “Oftentimes, just a small amount of money can make a big difference in a student’s ability to continue his or her education. Large contributions such as these help us build momentum for future gifts as well,” he continued.

Funding from The Merancas Foundation will help students who, because of financial limitations, are having difficulty paying for books, tuition, or daily living expenses. Since 2013, The Merancas Foundation has contributed more than $140,000 in financial resources for Georgia Piedmont students. Over 250 students have received Merancas funds to offset hardship situations and to help pay outstanding balances for those students who are subject to being purged from course rosters.

“At the Merancas Foundation, we support non-profits that are providing vital safety nets such as shelter, education, healthcare, and food to members of at-risk communities,” said Nicole Mermans, a board member of the Merancas Foundation. “Our organization is delighted to provide financial assistance to Georgia Piedmont students who are encountering hardships,” Mermans concluded.