Giving Voice to the Voiceless

The Giving Voice to the Voiceless program is accepting student proposals and offering grants for projects or stories that give ‘voice to the voiceless.’ Submissions are due to Valerie Boyd ( each fall. To learn more about the project specifications, please visit the main page.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Ron Gault have generously created a new endowment at the University of Georgia to inspire and support students in projects that give voice to the voiceless, the charting light of the life and work of Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

This new fund will provide grants to students from all disciplines across the university. It is fueled by the spirit of Charlayne’s career as a journalist and her journeys to the horizon that intellectually and geographically give voice, in Charlayne’s own words, “to people whose voices are needed—to help them realize their dreams for themselves and their communities, to help contribute to human  understanding, and to enlarge our capacity for empathy.”

The Charlayne HuCharlayne Hunter-Gault and Ron Gaultnter-Gault Giving Voice to the Voiceless Fund will help generations of students seek and engage in innovative projects, internships, study abroad experiences, field study and other endeavors. Micro-grants from the fund will make it possible for students to engage in meaningful work in the world while they are students, sharing the voices they discover with others through experiential learning, a top academic priority of the University and Grady College.

The University of Georgia and Grady College are deeply grateful to Charlayne and Ron for their vision for this fund and the way it inspires students to give voice to voiceless individuals, stories and topics to advance social justice, global understanding and the human good with real result, a key criterion for the grants from the fund.

Thank you for helping students who follow Charlayne on this historic campus to give voice, inspired by her example and commitment.

To donate, please visit the Giving Voice to the Voiceless Fund page.

Add your voice with a gift to help students give voice to the voiceless

Help students give voice to the voiceless through innovative projects, internships, study abroad experiences, field study and other endeavors.
How to Collaborate

How to Collaborate

For information about collaborating with this project or how add your voice with a gift for students, please contact Sara Cook,, (706) 224-8498.

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About Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a 1963 graduate of Grady College, is the first Black woman to attend the University of Georgia. After graduating from UGA, Hunter-Gault joined the staff of The New Yorker, followed by The New York Times, PBS’s MacNeil/Lehrer Report and what is now the PBS NewsHour.  In 1997, she became the chief correspondent in Africa for National Public Radio. She joined CNN in 1999 as its bureau chief and correspondent in Johannesburg, South Africa, and returned to NPR as a special correspondent in 2005. In 2007, she published the book “New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance” and in 2012 published “To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.” Hunter-Gault has been honored with several awards, including two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards.