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Carter Institute receives Nobel money

January 28, 2002

Americus-- One-third of President Carter's Nobel Prize winnings are staying close to home. The Peace Prize recipient donated $370,000 to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development. Started by his wife 15 years ago, the Americus-based project is now the nation's leading center for caregiving research.

A standing ovation for Rosalynn Carter-- the former first lady who's devoted her time and talents to the institute that carries her name, "There's been no research that's been on caregiving historically so it's a great opportunity to become a really wonderful research institute."

Tuesday, President Jimmy Carter showed support for his wife's efforts--donating a third of his Nobel Prize winnings to the RCI. For 15 years, the institute has operated on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, the alma mater for both husband and wife. President Carter says, "I think about the time I came here I was just 16, just finished high school, and not knowing what I wanted to do in the future. GSW helped shaped my life."

The Carter's gratitude has translated into a big gift for the GSW-based institute. But, the money is only a part of their overall commitment to the center's success. RCI Administrative Assistant Beth Morris says, "Mrs. Carter is not just a figurehead, working here constantly."

Pictures of Mrs. Carter are prominent throughout the center--serving as a reminder of her devotion to the institute's work. RCI Director Ronda Talley says, "We work under her direction and vision and leadership. She sets the bar for us and she can set a very high bar. And President and Mrs. Carter set the bar even higher."

The majority of President Carter's Nobel Prize money is being donated to the Carter Center in Atlanta. The Rosalyn Carter Institute for Human Development is devoted to helping professional and family caregivers.

Every year, the Institute selects one person to receive the Rosalynn Carter Caregiver's Award. Mrs. Carter helps pick someone that best exemplifies the mission of her institute-- caring for people with mental or physical illnesses. Talley says, "We are not here doing research with no relevance. But we work hard to transfer research into practice and enhance what it's giving to caregivers."

The recipient generally receives the award at the Institute's annual conference in Americus. But this year, in an effort to get more national recognition for the RCI, the award will be given at an event in Washington D.C.

Posted at 5:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com