Why I Give

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Why I Give

Bill House with daughters (from left) Charlotte House, Georgia Collier and Margaret House in front of Phi Kappa Hall, home of the UGA Debate Team.

“The debate program made me more confident and prepared me well for the legal profession.”

Bill House (BBA ’67, JD ’69) on why he created an endowment to support the UGA Debate Team. The scholarship is named in memory of House’s wife, Ellen Edmondson House (AB ’67, MEd ’68), who died in 1983.

In 1966, Bill House was the first member of a Greek organization (Sigma Phi Epsilon) to be elected student body president at UGA. He credits his successful campaign to his experience on the UGA Debate Union (now UGA Debate Team) during which he participated in more than 100 debates. But he recognized that scholarship funds were limited for debate students and were necessary for some students to be able to complete their degrees. “I hope to get these funds in their hands soon,” House says, “and I am looking forward to meeting the champion debater that these funds help.”