With 59 percent of Georgia State students being Pell-eligible (the average Pell-eligible household has an annual income of less than $30,000), the Panther Blazer Project will ensure that students in need have access to a critical article of clothing needed to transition from college to career.
As a first-year pilot, the goal is to provide 50 students with blazers in fall 2021 and an additional 50 students in spring 2022. We need to raise $10,000 to support 100 students. The hope is to provide all graduating seniors with a professional blazer.
Georgia State’s mission states that the university “strengthens the workforce of the future and “readies students for professional pursuits.” According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (2021), career readiness is a foundation of core competencies to prepare college students for workplace success and continuous career management. In support of Georgia State’s College to Career Initiative and the University Career Services Career Closet, the Alumni Association established the Panther Blazer Project.