Tony Holcombe's Love of History Leads to Planned Gift for Scholarships
The success story of Tony G. Holcombe ('77) begins on the printed page, as a first-generation college student at Georgia State University who loved reading about world history. What he learned through those books helped him understand and connect with diverse cultures in a career on the advancing edge of wireless technology.
Recently Tony honored his educational experience through a $650,000 bequest for GSU history and business students.
"A history degree exposed me to a bigger world and gave me a better appreciation of people, their dynamics, and historical trends," says Tony, vice chairman and board member of Syniverse Holdings, which handles business and network engineering for voice and data around the globe.
Like generations of GSU students, Tony found working while attending classes gave him experience and confidence.
"Plus I didn't graduate with $100,000 in debt," he says. "I could work and pay my way through a good school. But students can't do that today, and that's a huge problem."
This fall, Tony will return to GSU to speak to history students about the importance of that subject in fields outside of education and academia.
"Tony Holcombe's experience is a fantastic example of how studying history prepares students to work hard and succeed in a global society," says Michelle Brattain, GSU history department chair. "His gift is going to have a life-changing impact on many students by helping them realize their academic goals and also by inspiring them as their own stories unfold here at GSU."
Education "is the key to everything: to prosperity, success, quality of life, and happiness," Tony says. "If you're not educated in today's world, you are severely disadvantaged."
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