100 and counting…endowed scholarship tally continues to rise

Western Carolina University in December 2014 hit the milestone of 100 new endowed scholarships created since Chancellor David O. Belcher’s installation address that identified increased funding for student support as the institution’s top philanthropic priority. Endowed scholarship funds number 101 through 113 are now on the books as alumni and friends continue to respond to Belcher’s call for more scholarship assistance for deserving students.

Through endowments of at least $25,000, scholarship assistance can be awarded on an annual and ongoing basis. New endowed scholarship funds established since December 2014 are:

Susan L. Swanger, CPA, Ph.D., Professional Accountancy Endowed Scholarship, for graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in accountancy after completing a non-accounting undergraduate degree; donors Susan L. Swanger MBA ’93 and Mark Swanger.

Carl David Coffee, D.B.A. Accountancy Endowed Scholarship, for graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in accountancy or undergraduate students with a declared major in accounting; donors represented by Susan L. Swanger MBA ’93.

Dianne and Larry Lynch Endowed Scholarship, for juniors and seniors with a declared major in finance, entrepreneurship, hospitality and tourism, accounting, computer information systems or business administration and law; donors Dianne and Larry Lynch.

Bill Jarrett Family Endowed Baseball Scholarship, for members of the baseball team; donor Bill Jarrett.

Jay and Susan Strum Endowed Scholarship, for biology or chemistry majors from Western North Carolina; donors Jay Strum ’87 and Susan Strum ’87.

Western Club of Georgia Endowed Scholarship, for students from Georgia; donors represented by Leslie Greer ’90.

Dale and Debbie Sims Endowed Scholarship, for members of the baseball team; donors Dale Sims ’78 and Debbie Sims.

Ed and Donna Broadwell-Home Trust Bank Scholarship, for undergraduate students who graduated from public high schools in Western North Carolina; donors Ed and Donna Broadwell and Home Trust Bank.

Donna Winbon Endowed Scholarship, for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need; donor Donna Winbon ’80.

Phipps Tholkes Singleton Endowed Scholarship, for students majoring in parks and recreation management; donors represented by Maurice Phipps, Ben Tholkes and Debby Singleton.

Jerry and Mickey Cook Endowed Scholarship, for students majoring in engineering or technology; donors Jerry Cook ’69 and Mickey Cook ’71 MAEd ’74.

Elisabeth and Wade St. John Endowed Scholarship, for students in the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and for members of the baseball team; donors Elisabeth and Wade St. John.

Kevin J. Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship, for students pursuing a degree in the field of inclusive education; donors Brad Bradshaw ’76 and Eileen Bradshaw.

Another recently endowed fund, the Betty Duff Distinguished Faculty Award, will provide support to a full-time faculty member of the School of Nursing who demonstrates a distinguished record in the areas of caring, leadership and advocacy for diversity and the underrepresented (donor Judy Neubrander).

For information on how to establish an endowed scholarship, visit the website   

Correction: Some information about the Mary Alice Gambill Shuford and Dr. David F. Shuford Endowed Scholarship, for students majoring in education
Mary Alice Gambill Shuford ’56 and David F. Shuford ’55 MAEd ’59), was incorrect in the previous edition of this magazine.