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A large group of student scholarship recipients and scholarship donors or donor representatives attended Catawba College's annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon Thursday, April 26, 2006 in Peeler Crystal Lounge on campus.
The event was an opportunity for the two constituencies to meet each other and share their mutual interests in the College.
Senior Stephanie Morey of Savannah, Ga., the recipient of the Thomas H. and Emily Hoke Roberts Scholarship, spoke on behalf of her fellow scholarship recipients. She said that without the scholarship donors "many of us, including me, would not be here learning, growing and enjoying what Catawba has to offer. I thank you all personally and on behalf of all of us for your gracious support year after year."
According to Catawba Senior Vice President Tom Childress, 18 new Endowed Scholarships were established at the College during the past year. They included the Esther and Pete Burke Scholarship, established by donors C. Murray '54 and Lynda Burke of Woodstock, Ga., in memory of his parents; the Class of 1980 Scholarship, established in memory of classmate Jeff Meyer; the Fowler Family Scholarship, established by Newton and Nancy Fowler of Concord and their family – son, Dr. Ed and wife Christina Daughtery Fowler, both 1985 Catawba alumni, and daughter Margaret Porter and husband Mark; the Jack and Shirley Frantz Scholarship, established by Mark and Megan Frantz of Arlington, Va., in honor of Mark's parents, with Jack being a 1964 alumnus; the Donald E. and Frances Arthur Fuoss Scholarship, established by Dr. Donald E. Fuoss, class of 1947, as a tribute to his late wife, Frances Arthur Fuoss, a 1945 alumna; the Dwight L. Hedrick, Sr. Scholarship, established by Dwight Hedrick, Jr. '64 and wife Kathy of Lexington in honor of Dwight's father; the Ronald J. Maccaroni Scholarship, established by Ronald J. Maccaroni '67 of Fairfax, Va.; the Richard A. and Nancy Y. Meyer Scholarship, established by Richard A. '70 and Nancy '71 Meyer of Aaronsburg, Pa.; the Leland R. and Bonnie P. Moore Scholarship, established by Leland R. '64 and Bonnie Moore of Southern Pines; the J. Trent and Ruth K. Newell Scholarship, established by Trent '98 and Ruth Newell of Mooresville; the Dora Anna Newton Scholarship, established through the estate of Dora Anna Newton of Salisbury; the J. Lewis and Blanche Patterson Scholarship, established by Mrs. Jo Patterson Coble '52 of Concord; the John L., Jr. and Patsy Somers Powell Scholarship, established by 1952 alumni John R. and Patsy Somers Powell of Knoxville, Tenn.; the Earl B. and Jane W. Ruth Scholarship, established by family and friends in memory of the late couple; the Grady Shoe Family Scholarship, established by Mr. and Mrs. Grady Shoe of Mooresville, with Grady being a 1949 alumnus; the Dick and Peggy Smith Scholarship, established by Dick '56 and Peggy Smith of Salisbury; the Rachael Smith Walker Scholarship, established by Mrs. Walker's three sons, Robert, Samuel, and Walter, to honor her ninetieth birthday and her status as a 1936 alumna; and the Leo and Virginia Wallace Scholarship, established by Leo '34 and Virginia '37 Wallace of Salisbury.
Students who are new Endowed Scholarship recipients this academic year include Stewart Adams of Laurinburg; Tiffany Andrassy of Raleigh; Allan Autry of Fayetteville; Angela Bailey of Kannapolis; Ryann Baker of Rockwell; Michael Beers of Salisbury; Andrea Binney of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Mary Black of Lexington; Elizabeth Bostian of Lexington; Nicole Bowles of Monroe; Samuel Brooks of Seaford, Va.; McKenzie Burman of Rolesville; Sarah Cafazza of Midlothian, Va.; Brandon Carter of Albemarle; Joseph Castillo of White Plains, N.Y.; Jessica Cleary of Boca Raton, Fla.; Derek Daisey of Lewes, Del.; Ryan Dayvault of Kannapolis; Whitney Demarest of Bear, Del.; Gina DePinto of Huntington Station, N.Y.; Cynthia Desch of Salisbury; Richard Dunbar of McLeansville; Stacy Dunning of Lexington; Brittany Durant of Salisbury; Kelly Fearman of Alliston, Canada; Amanda Francis of Franklin, Mass.; Jeremy Frank of Shawnee, Kansas; Megan Fulsom of Mt. Pleasant, S.C ; Adam Furr of Greensboro; Stephani Garrett of Hagerstown, Md.; Christopher Gladden of Salisbury; Rori Godsey of Bladensburg, Md.; Jared Gordon of Spencer; Sara Gray of Mt. Pleasant; April Hafner of Wausau, Wis.; Hillary Hampton of Salisbury; Katherine Herge of China Grove; Walter Horne of Statesville; Angela Ingraham of Salisbury; Angie Jacobs of Trotwood, Ohio; Brent Johnson of Crofton, Md.; Laura Jollay of Lexington; Kellie Kaiser of Concord; Amanda Kanoy of Thomasville; Matthew Kepley of Greensboro; Blake Ketner of Davidson; Jared Knight of Salisbury; Mollie Landers of Williamsport, Pa.; Jaime Logan of Salisbury; Chandra Lowe of Budd Lake, N.J.; Lee Matthews of Raleigh; Amanda Mitchell of Huntingtown, Md.; Jordan Moir of Morganton; Casey Morris of Granite Falls; Roger Morris of Spencer; Katrina Pergerson of Roxboro; Andrew Plummer of Thomasville; Kelly Poole of Salisbury; Aaron Rimer of Salisbury; Sheldon Rogers of Waxhaw; Theresa Scott of Salisbury; Jessica Smith of Westfield; Stacy Suggs of Salisbury; Catori Swann of Hickory; Joshua Tabor of Fayetteville; Erica Tackett of Trinity; Tiffany Tesh of Summerfield; Nicki Vaughn of Graham; Candice Weathers of Salisbury; Brett Wilhelm of Cleveland; and Alexander Will of Milton, Mass.
In his closing remarks, Catawba College President Dr. Robert Knott gave those gathered an update on the recently concluded endowment campaign, its goal of $35 million which was reached in two rather than five years. He also summarized fundraising efforts now underway to support pending construction on campus of new residence halls (to be ready with the start of the 2007-2008 academic year) and facility improvements, including renovation of the library, the student center, and relocation of the campus information technology services into a renovated Hoke Hall.
"I wanted to give each of you a sense of what's happening through the use of your resources and support," Knott said.
Endowed scholarships are created with a minimum gift of $10,000. Currently, Catawba is privileged to have 200 of these scholarships which are used to provide financial assistance to deserving students.