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‘American heroes’: Ernest Grant helps honor nurses in Oval Office

National Nurses Day took center-stage in a 2020 White House ceremony. UNC Greensboro alumnus Ernest Grant, president of the American Nurses Association, was invited as special honoree and to help applaud the nation’s nurses. 

Ernest Grant ’93 MS, ’15 PhD, established the Ernest J. Grant Endowed Scholarship in Nursing


Philip ’17 and Anne Koch ’06

“It’s never too late to get an education, and the Kochs are making sure that, for others like themselves, it’s never too late to follow a dream.”

The Philip and Anne Koch Program Fund in History – established by Philip ’17 and Anne Koch ’06


Erika B. Schlager ’81

Erika B. Schlager ’81 – Advocate for human rights and democracy who serves as counsel for international law on the staff of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Received the Minerva Award for Distinguished Service


Betty M. Flinchum ’57, ’62 MED

Betty M. Flinchum ’57, ’62 MED – Distinguished professor emerita; award-winning champion of global education and development; creator of outreach degree programs in underdeveloped areas of West Africa, Central America, and Costa Rica.

Received the WC Legacy Award


Linda Arnold Carlisle ’72

Linda Carlisle ’72 – Prominent influencer in North Carolina and recipient of the Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2012); former secretary of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Received the McIver Lifetime Achievement Award


Jana Wagenseller ’76

Jana Wagenseller ’76 – Pioneer in the field of health care and retired director of the Duke Oncology Network who developed cancer programs in communities throughout the Southeast.

Received the Minerva Award for Distinguished Service


Catherine “Cathi” ’75 and Joe “Tom” Buchanan ’94 MA

“It is our hope that this endowment will do our part to help the profession, the students, and the future educators of America achieve their goals… It is also our way of showing our gratitude to the University…”

Cathi ’75 and Tom Buchanan ’94 MA established the Whitley-Fondren Endowed Scholarship in Education


Dr. Rebecca Hobgood Felton ’65, ’83 PhD

“My family is living proof of Dr. McIver’s adage, ‘Educate a man and you educate an individual; educate a woman and you educate a family. Without my grandmother, my family wouldn’t be what it is. I wouldn’t be who I am.”

Dr. Rebecca Hobgood Felton ’65, ’83 PhD established the Nettie Beverly Belvin ’05 Endowed Scholarship


The Fowler Sisters

“In establishing scholarships honoring my sisters, it was my intention to pay tribute to them…These scholarships are also renewable resources that allow our University to move perpetually forward.”

The Fowler Sisters: Martha Fowler McNair ’49, Ann Fowler Jones ’51, Cynthia Fowler Barnes ’61, and Frances Fowler Stanton


Leona Eason Pridgen ’69

Leona Eason Pridgen ’69 established The John Stephen Eason and Prudy Magnolia Eason: The S’Eason of Peace Scholarship to honor the boundless support, encouragement, and love she received from her family, especially her parents.

Leona Eason Pridgen ’69 established The John Stephen Eason and Prudy Magnolia Eason: The S’Eason of Peace Scholarship