Alumni and friends establish nine new scholarship funds

Western Carolina University alumni and friends continue to meet the challenge issued by Chancellor David O. Belcher to increase the size and number of endowed scholarships that provide financial assistance to deserving students, with nine new endowed funds added to the books in recent months.

In his March 2012 installation address, Belcher identified pursuing additional endowed scholarships as the university’s No. 1 philanthropic priority, and more than 70 new funds have been created since then. Through endowments of at least $10,000, scholarship assistance can be awarded on an annual and ongoing basis. New endowed scholarship funds established between Feb. 15 and May 31 are:

Delta Zeta Endowed Scholarship Fund, for active or legacy members of Delta Zeta sorority; donors Delta Zeta members represented by Charlotte Ray Eckard ’69.

Beta Lambda Sorority Endowed Teaching Scholarship Fund, for teacher education majors; donors Beta Lambda members represented by Vyanne Fisher ’02.

Van and Alan Stayton Football Scholarship, for student-athletes on the WCU football team; donors Van Stayton ’65
and Alan Stayton ’07.

Arthur Anderson Endowed Scholarship Fund, for students obtaining a degree in the performing arts; donor Arthur Anderson.

Dr. Mark and Katherine Whitehead Honors College Scholarship, for pre-professional program students planning to go to medical school or pre-nursing/nursing majors admitted and in good standing with the Honors College; donors Mark and Katherine Whitehead.

Pediatric Developmental Therapy Endowed Scholarship Fund, for communication sciences and disorders majors; donor Haden Boliek MS ’94.

John S. and Frances D. Hudson Endowed Scholarship Fund, for incoming freshmen who demonstrate involvement in their communities; donor Jack Hudson ’82.

Jerry Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund, for Honors College students; donor Jerry Johnson ’78.

C.J. Cody Jr. Memorial Track and Field/Cross Country Scholarship, for student-athletes on the track and field and/or cross country teams; donors Brooke Roberts MA ’10 and Jason Roberts.  

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