Support arts and humanities programs by giving to the Willson Center

Willson Center HouseThe Willson Center supports faculty and students through research grants, lectures, symposia, publications, visiting scholars, visiting artists, collaborative instruction, public conferences, exhibitions, and performances It promotes interdisciplinary innovation, public programs and community engagement.

The Willson Center pursues financial support through grants and donations to enhance existing programs and to establish new ones. The Willson Center appreciates the generosity of donors who support arts, humanities and interdisciplinary programs. Thank you for your continuing interest in the Willson Center and your support of the arts and humanities at UGA

Ways to Give

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Annual gifts support a variety of Willson Center programs including faculty and student research, visiting scholars and artists, public events, workshops, and community outreach.

Endowment and planned gifts provide lasting support for Willson Center programs and initiatives.

Contributions in support of Willson Center programs may be made payable to the UGA Foundation and mailed directly to the Willson Center, 1260 Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30602. Please indicate “Willson Center” on the note portion of your check or include a copy of this form with your gift by check or credit card. Online giving is accessible here.

For more information on giving to the Willson Center, contact Winnie Smith ( / 706-542-3966).

Specific fund supported programs

The Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award honors Janelle Padgett Knight, who was a lifelong resident of Georgia, teacher, and an avid supporter of higher education in the state. The award goes to the top-ranking recipient of the Willson Center’s Graduate Research Award. The Graduate Research Award is granted to students by competitions in fall and spring. The Graduate Research Award and the Knight Graduate Award support the recipient’s degree-related expenses including travel. The Janelle Padgett Knight Graduate Award was granted for the first time in the fall of 2004.

The Virginia Mary Macagnoni Prize for Innovative Research was established by Dr. Virginia Macagnoni, Professor Emeritus in the College of Education, to be awarded annually to the top-ranked recipient of the Willson Center Research Fellowship. The Macagnoni Prize provides a $2,000 stipend to enable scholars and artists to expand their understanding of the world through travel, attendance at conferences, purchase of vital tools or archival materials, and use of other resources relevant to their work. In 1967 Macagnoni joined the faculty of the University of Georgia College of Education.