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Great Dane’s Hammond for Hope Foundation Awards Two Scholarships to Armstrong State University


Chris Hammond, Great Dane executive vice president of sales and Hammond for Hope Foundation board member; Debra Arnold, Great Dane executive administrative assistant and Hammond for Hope Foundation board member; Dr. Maya Clark, Armstrong State University Communications Sciences and Disorders program director; and William Kelso, Armstrong State University vice president for advancement (L-R).

December 9, 2016) – Armstrong State University has received a three-year commitment from the Hammond for Hope Foundation -- founded by Great Dane -- to fund two scholarships, beginning in fall 2017. One $10,000 scholarship and one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to students working toward graduate degrees in Armstrong’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. 

“These scholarships recognize the critical, life-changing impact the ability to communicate has on all facets of life,” noted Armstrong Communication Sciences and Disorders Program Director Maya Clark. “They will greatly benefit graduate students in Armstrong’s program.” 

Great Dane founded the Hammond for Hope Foundation 35 years ago. The company’s Executive Vice President of Sales Chris Hammond and Executive Administrative Assistant Debra Arnold serve on The Hammond for Hope Foundation’s board of directors. Great Dane also hosts the annual Hammond for Hope charity auction and golf tournament.

“Hammond for Hope was founded by members of Great Dane’s management team to support education for children with hearing loss,” said Hammond. “As the foundation has continued to grow, we have been able to offer assistance in many different ways. These scholarships are part of our ongoing effort to assist those with hearing loss and communication disorders.”

In addition to the scholarships, the foundation made a one-time $15,000 donation to Armstrong’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department for a teaching-resources kit.

Armstrong’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department offers undergraduate and accredited graduate programs. Students also take advantage of the renowned RiteCare Center for Communication Disorders, which provides knowledge, training and relevant practical experiences for students to observe supervised evaluations and treatment of children and adults.

Drew Ernst

“Armstrong provided me with a foundation that has served me well all of these years.”

Drew Ernst
Class of 1974
B.S. in Political Science