Sports Stalwart Establishes Scholarship at Concord College

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 09 2003

Sports Stalwart Establishes Scholarship at Concord College

Athens, W.Va. - Loretta Young, Concord College associate vice president for development, announces the formation of the “Georgia Swan Kelley Scholarship.”

Funds from the scholarship will be designated for the support of women’s sports and athletics, after the scholarship has been endowed.

“We are encouraging friends, acquaintances, former students—anyone who has an interest in the success of women’s athletics at Concord—to support Mrs. Kelley and her scholarship by making a contribution in her honor,” suggested Ms. Young.

“Scholarships need a base or endowment of $10,000. The College’s Foundation will either awards scholarships from the fund, or use the earnings in the manner directed by the person or organization that established the scholarship.

“Concord College encourages friends and alumni to support the ‘Named Scholarship Program’ that our Foundation manages,” stated Ms. Young. “We have 68 named scholarships that are currently being awarded and 22 named scholarships that continue to need funding support. The need for financial assistance is great with more than 75 percent of our students receiving scholarships or need-based financial aid.”

“I believe this is a long overdue recognition for someone who has devoted her life to the advancement of female programs both on this campus and in the state of West Virginia,” stated Patricia ‘Pat’ Hardin, head volleyball and softball coach, and senior women’s administrator.

“Her devotion to the development of the WVIAC (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) and Concord athletic opportunities have established a tradition that many other conference schools envy.

“Having been involved in the revolution of female programs at the high school level within this state during the formation years, I appreciate even more the rigors Ms. Kelley endured to acquire numerous opportunities for her players. Ask any one of her former players and they will only reinforce what has already been stated,” Ms. Hardin said.

Mrs. Kelley, originally from Forrest City, Arkansas, taught at Concord College from 1960 through 1993. She started the women’s basketball team, and coached free-of-charge until 1979. She started the women’s volleyball team, along with Alice Harden, and ran the women’s intramural program. In addition, she coached the College’s cheerleading squad.

In 1976, under Mrs. Kelley’s direction, the Concord Lady Lions won the West Virginia Volleyball Tournament. Marshall and West Virginia University were part of the WVIAA at the time.

Kelley was coach of the year in volleyball in 1989, and coach of the year in softball in 1993 and received the McLaughlin Award for Excellence in Sports from the West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference in 1993. She was inducted into the Concord College Hall of Fame in 1997. She was inducted into the West Virginia Girls and Women in Sports Hall of Fame in 1999, along with Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gymnast.

Mrs. Kelley has served as the chairman of the Athens-Concord Town Social Committee and volunteered with other civic and community organizations. She was recognized for her civic and community service when she was awarded the Linda Fink Service Award for dedication and service to Concord College and the community in May 2002.

For information on making contributions to Mrs. Kelley’s scholarship, call 1-304-384-5317 or


Photo: Georgia Swan Kelley