Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship

carole-cover-photosCarole Ann Golder spent her entire career as an administrator in college student personnel because of her love of and devotion to students. She began her career in higher education at Boise State University in 1981. She met the love of her life, Alan E. Ware while working at The Ohio State University (from 1984-87). They married in 1990 in Toledo, Ohio while she was working at the University of Toledo. Her last 15 years as a student affairs professional were spent at Georgia State University, where she began as Assistant Director for Center Services in August 2000, co-supervising the Information Center and overseeing Event Management.  She was later promoted to Associate Director for Center Services and Programs, a role in which she also co-supervised Campus Tickets and oversaw both campus programming and Student Center marketing and assessment.

During her tenure at Georgia State, Carole was actively involved with campus programs, event services, student development, and advancement programs for women. She was highly regarded as someone who would make things happen with a very high level of customer service and professionalism. In addition to her everyday job commitments, Carole’s services were often requested for various committees, one of which was University Ceremonies and Events.

Throughout her career, she was also affiliated with several professional associations at both the regional and national levels as an editor, facilitator, presenter, and chairperson. With such a distinguished and extensive career in higher education, Carole was often honored for her ongoing dedication. At Georgia State, she received the George M. Sparks Award for Outstanding Service in 2010.

What seemed to give Carole the most joy was the act of giving. She was an avid and talented quilter and a member of the Cotton Boll Quilters Guild of Conyers, Georgia. She always shared her quilting projects with her closest friends and co-workers and made many of them personal gifts for weddings, baby showers, or simply, just because. Carole was dedicated to her dogs, Star and Comet, as well as the plight of shelter and rescue dogs.

At age 58, Carole passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. To honor Carole’s career and love of giving, her husband of 25 years, Alan Ware, established the Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship Fund to continue her legacy of devotion to students.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to undergraduate students at Georgia State University who are actively involved as volunteer committee members or stipended student leaders or hourly student employees in the Division of Student Success.

The recipient of the award(s) must:

  • Be in good academic standing at Georgia State University
  • Be a matriculating sophomore, junior or senior (as long as the applicant plans to register for at least 6 credits in the semester immediately following the semester in which the scholarship recipient is announced)
  • Have a current 2.50 or better GPA
  • Be a volunteer committee member or stipended student leader or an hourly student employee in the Division of Student Success.

The donor has expressed a preference that the annual scholarship be awarded to students that are volunteer committee members or stipended student leaders of Spotlight Programs Board or Panther Activities Council or hourly student employees of the Student Center and/or is interested in pursuing a career associated with Student Affairs roles within higher education.

Applications for Spring 2022 will be available via the Panther Involvement Network on January 10, 2022, with the deadline at 11:45 p.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship Fund can do so online at by using "Find My Fund" with 021146 as the Project ID.

Year Recipient
Spring 2021
Valerie Lambo, a sophomore accounting major with a 4.1 GPA who works as an Accounting Assistant in the Student Center has been selected as the 2021 Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship recipient.  As a Student Assistant, she is communicative, welcoming, professional, and inviting. She believes that as student assistants, "we might be the first face from GSU that a potential student, professor, or working professional sees when they walk onto campus." She also serves as the Historian and Webmaster for the NABA GSU Chapter, where she "is helping to shape the future of black accountants in America and building up my fellow NABA members in order to help them grow and succeed in the business field".
Spring 2020
Vanessa Edokpa, a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a 4.10 GPA and Spotlight Programs Board's Panther Connections Committee Director has been selected as the 2020 Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship recipient. In addition to serving on the Executive Board of Spotlight as the Director of the Panther Connections Committee, she also serves as Public Relations Director for the African Student Association. She was previously involved with Spotlight Programs Board as a volunteer committee member and volunteered with "Feed My Starving Children".
Spring 2019
  Aniyah Jones, the Atlanta Senate's Speaker Pro Tempore was awarded the Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship at the SGA Awards Luncheon on May 10, 2019.  She has been involved with SGA since her election as a Senator for Public Health in 2017.  She has also been a member of GlobMed, Undergraduate Public Health Club, National Council of Negro Women, and served as Membership Director for EmpowHer. She is also a member of the 1913 Society.
Spring 2018
  Joshua Akinola-King, Chair of SGA's Atlanta Senate Student Life Committee was awarded the Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship at the SGA Awards Luncheon on May 3, 2018.  He has been involved with SGA since becoming a Senator for the Robinson College of Business in 2017. He is also a Deputy Ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation's Vote Everywhere Project and is a member of the 1913 Society at Georgia State University.
Fall 2017

Aaron Lightner, Associate Director of Spotlight Programs Board was the first recipient of the Carole Ann Golder Memorial Scholarship in the Fall of 2017. He is a junior majoring in Film and Video in the College of Arts & Sciences. He has been involved with Spotlight Programs Board since his freshman year and also worked in the Student Center as an AV Technician.

Photo: Alan Ware (left) presents a ceremonial scholarship check to Aaron Lightner (right).