Student Name: Brandon Andrews
Scholarship Name: William M. Suttles Endowed Scholarship
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BBA ’19, Marketing—Student in The Honors College
Why Georgia State?
I chose Georgia State after I was invited to attend a leadership camp for marching band students during my junior year of high school. After spending just minutes on this campus, I knew that this school in the heart of Atlanta would provide me opportunities I could never find elsewhere. The location, combined with the outstanding dedication to student success, set Georgia State apart from all other universities I had considered. Georgia State is truly one of a kind.
What does being a first-generation student mean to you and your family?
While growing up, getting a college degree never seemed obtainable for me. Once I was admitted to Georgia State, I made it my mission to go above and beyond, so I can be a beacon of hope for other students who are not guaranteed a seat at the table. I know my family and the community that invested in me wants me to have a brighter future than I ever imagined possible, and Georgia State has made that a reality.
Please share a few interesting facts about yourself:
- I am a tour guide for the Georgia State Welcome Center and currently serve as the student manager.
- I worked with a Fortune 50 company to create a program where students who work for the company can receive financial assistance while attending Georgia State.
- I played the trumpet for 12 years in various bands, orchestras, and ensembles, and got to march in the Georgia Dome before it was demolished.
What has receiving the William M. Suttles Endowed Scholarship meant to you?
It meant that I was able to continue my education at Georgia State and make many incredible memories this past year. Whether it’s becoming the manager for the Georgia State Welcome Center, consulting for UPS for the PACE program through the Robinson College of Business, or applying for graduation in the fall, the opportunities have been endless. However, without this scholarship, I would not have been able to reach these amazing milestones.
What words of gratitude would you like to express to the donors who make scholarships possible?
Thank you for sharing the power of giving. To be the beneficiary of such kindness has inspired me to follow in their footsteps and invest in others so they can feel the same joy I have. These contributions are so much more than a scholarship—they’re an investment in the lives of the students who have been selected. I am so thankful to be one of them. I know I will make you proud!