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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UWW Student Wins Jack Wilson Scholarship

Feb 18, 2021

Fifty-five-year-old UWW student Georgia Malcolm of Amherst, Massachusetts has been awarded the Jack M. Wilson Presidential Scholarship.

A Jamaican immigrant and First Generation college student, Georgia has decades of experience in corporate banking, management, marketing, and sales, as well as diversity and inclusion in human resources and staff development. 

As a member of the Amherst Regional High School administrative team, she provides program, event, fundraising, and office coordination and support. She serves on the Superintendent’s African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) Council and the district’s committee to develop equitable hiring practices, and is responsible for expanding the district’s America Reads Program. In addition, she is a leader in the effort to ensure that public health protocols are in place to protect the safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

She does all of this while also being single mom to a college student, serving as legal guardian and advocate to her disabled brother, and completing her bachelor’s degree online through the UMass Amherst University Without Walls (UWW) Degree Completion Program.

Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Business Administration, she has a 3.636 GPA. After graduating this May, she looks forward to attending graduate school in the field of social justice “so I can be the voice for the disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable in our community.”

The Jack M. Wilson Presidential Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 to commemorate President Wilson’s strong record of accomplishment and provide special recognition to University of Massachusetts (UMass) undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and a passion for public service. Scholarships are awarded every year to a small number of students selected from the entire UMass system.