Posted on: April 4, 2023

The Classic Center Awards Employees with Scholarship Funds

Four employees of The Classic Center were recently awarded scholarships to further pursue their career goals in the hospitality industry.   The Classic Center has long been a driving force in workforce development. The addition of the Paul M. Cramer Hospitality Scholarship Fund, established in 2019, is another illustration of this initiative. 

Recipients for The Paul M. Cramer Hospitality Scholarship Fund are Scott Dodd, Air Conditioning Electrical Technician certificate from Athens Technical College; Shannon Dominy, Travel Marketing Professional certification from Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College; Juanita Shipley, Lanier Technical College, finishing classes needed to apply for BA in Accounting; and Melanie Taylor, Athens Technical College for Business and Human Resources Management degree.

“I am so proud to have so many leaders within our company,” said Paul Cramer, President/CEO of The Classic Center. “Our staff makes The Classic Center special, and Scott, Shannon, Juanita, and Melanie perfectly exemplify our core values of hospitality, teamwork, and servant-style leadership.” 


  • The Paul M. Cramer Hospitality Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 in celebration of Paul Cramer’s 25th anniversary as President/CEO of The Classic Center. 
  • Mr. Cramer has championed workforce development efforts in the hospitality industry, with the creation of programs such as Bread for Life and the Hospitality Careers Academy, as well as his direct influence in the establishment of hospitality degree programs at many local continuing education establishments including the Athens Community Career Academy, Athens Technical College, Piedmont University, and the University of Georgia.
  • Mr. Cramer has repeatedly proven that the hospitality industry drives local workforce development and economic growth. 
  • Mr. Cramer and his wife, Stacey, are incredibly grateful to the private donors who made this fund possible.



Located in Athens, Georgia, The Classic Center is a multi-use conference center, performing arts theatre, a multi-purpose arena, and outdoor, covered pavilion hosting conventions, conferences, meetings, weddings, concerts, sporting tournaments, and special events for up to 6,000 people.



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