GTFWC welcomes new members and treasures our long-time members.
GTFWC programs and interest groups exist today to promote friendships and learning opportunities to the wives of all Georgia Tech academic, research and general faculty as well as women faculty members. Projects scheduled each year also give GTFWC members the opportunity to serve Georgia Tech and the greater Atlanta community.
GTFWC also proudly supports qualified Georgia Tech students with a parent or guardian employed at Georgia Tech through the GTFWC Scholarship Program.
Georgia Tech Faculty Women’s Club History
In February of 1921, Mrs. Kenneth Gorton Matheson organized the Georgia Tech Woman’s Club. The purpose of the club was to foster wider acquaintances among the wives of faculty members and to provide a focus for social activities. The club has continued to promote social activites while widening the parameters of membership and the scope of activities planned and participated in by Tech women. We now encourage membership of women on the faculty as well as wives of all faculty members – academic, research, and general.
The activities of the club have been anchored around monthly meetings throughout the academic year and interest groups that meet as often as the participants decide. The club has tried to vary the format of meetings to include women who also work outside the home, providing a social outlet for women who otherwise would not have the opportunity to be a part of the Tech community.
In recent years Community Service has become an important part of our activities. Through time and donations, we are trying to make a positive impact on the Atlanta Community. These efforts began with annual participation in the Festival of Trees and have now expanded to include several other service areas, including Habitat for Humanity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, My House, and the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. The projects for this year can be found on the Community Service link.
Since the Scholarship Program started in 1990, the club has awarded up to $7500 annually to GT undergrads who are children of Tech employees. Through the generosity of our members, we now have over $100,000 in the Scholarship Endowment Fund – which will earn enough to disburse the scholarships each year.
Friendships are the real heart of GTFWC and through the years lasting friendships have formed. One of our members, Elsie Paris, is the epitome of a good friend to women in the Tech community and especially her fellow members in GTFWC. In 1996 the club began awarding the Friendship Award each spring to a member who has gone out of her way in service to the GTFWC. In 2006, this award was renamed the “Elsie Paris Friendship Award“ in honor of its first recipient.