Funds from the Foley Endowment are used to support the students and research activities of the GVU Center, including the Foley Scholars Fellowships, awarded annually to two graduate students on the basis of personal vision, brilliance, and potential impact. Foley Scholars are selected by an advisory board comprised of GVU alumni, current faculty, and industry partners during the fall semester.
The James D. Foley GVU Center Endowment, established in 2007, is named for Dr. James D. Foley, professor and founder of the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. The award was established by Dr. Foley's colleagues and GVU alumni to honor his significant contributions in the field of computing, his influence on the work of others, and his dedication to the development of new research directions. Since its inception, the 21-year-old GVU Center has impacted thousands of Georgia Tech students by providing opportunities for interaction with faculty, research projects, and educational programs associated with the center.
As part of the GVU Center's 20th Anniversary Celebration, more than 100 alumni, donors and faculty celebrated the achievements of visionary student researchers at the annual Foley Scholars Dinner. Foley Scholar alumni joined the new honorees at the celebration, marking the fifth year of the Foley Scholarship, named in honor of GVU Center founder James D. Foley. Pictured (L to R): Kelly Caine (FS '08), Zhicheng "Leo" Liu (FS '11), Kurt Luther (FS '11), Andrew Miller (FS '13), Jill Fantauzzacoffin (FS '13), James Foley, Betsy DiSalvo (FS '10), Maithilee Kunda (FS '10), and Chris Le Dantec (FS '08).