The two Delta Upsilon fraternity brothers came to Childersburg Monday night to present a graduating senior with the Greg Mount Memorial Scholarship.
Mount graduated valedictorian from Childersburg High School in 1983, and then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Burks, Roberts and Mount attended MIT together. The friends lived 40 to a house in college and Roberts said they all formed strong ties. When Mount died in 2009, the close knit group of friends wanted to commemorate their brother in some way.
“A group of us got together after the funeral, which was almost two years ago now, in a local restaurant and we were talking about trying to do something nice in his memory,” Burks said. “He lived in New York at the time and there was some talk about doing something at a school there, but folks felt like it would make more sense to do something here. This is the first time the scholarship is being given.”
Roberts said Mount was proud of his heritage and his roots.
“I characterized him as fine a man that I could ever want to be or that I could ever want a son of mine to be,” he said. “He’s certainly one of the best people I’ve met. He wasn’t perfect — nobody is — but he was a tremendous character.”
During Mount’s junior and senior years of high school, he won numerous awards in math and science at the local, regional and state levels. In 1982, his junior year, he placed third at the 33rd international science and engineering competition in Houston. He graduated from MIT in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and earned his master’s degree in finance from The University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors in 1992.
The scholarship, chosen by faculty, is being awarded to a student who consistently took and excelled in advanced math and science classes and has plans to attend college. Burks said they wanted a student who has dreams of making a mark on the world because he said Mount made his mark on the world.
Roberts said Mount believed in himself and believed he was capable of anything.
“When he set his mind to it, he knew he could do anything and he went out and did it,” he said. “What made him unique would be his strong grounding and his ability to do things that other people would only think about.”
Mount’s business career included a number of New York firms. In 1995 he joined the New York firm of Goldman Sachs, where he was made a partner with the firm. After nine years with Goldman Sachs he retired in 2004. In 2005 he joined the Grey Wolf Capital Management as partner, and worked there until his sudden death.
“He was incredibly strong willed,” Burks said. “When I think back to the days in college, the place where he made his mark on people was debates. He was just tenacious. People always lost, so they didn’t like having debates with him. But I think there are a lot of people out there who have goals and dreams and can’t necessarily realize them. Our group of friends has the ability to help. It seemed like a nice way to give back to someone who has big dreams. Greg clearly did and he moved on to do a lot in his life. The thought that his memory could help someone else do that was powerful.”
Mount was married to Allison Cook and they have three sons, Andrew, Alex and Jonathon. Since 1977, 869 scholarships have been awarded to Childersburg High School graduating seniors from funds made available in the Childersburg area. The total amount invested to date is $421,935. Of this amount, 32 scholarships totaling $16,100 are being awarded in 2011.
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