Why They Give

Donor Stories



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


Melinda Hamrick ’69

“Social workers make a profound difference in society, and we need to encourage them to continue this necessary, life-changing work. I hope planned gifts like mine will help more passionate individuals dedicate their careers to public service.”

Melinda Hamrick ’69
Melinda Hamrick ’69 Graduate Award in The Joint Master of Social Work Program


Allan and Pam Malester ’68

“Portrait of Pam Malester ’68 which hangs in the Shaw Hall conference room that she and her husband donated to UNCG.”

Allan and Pam Malester ’68

The Malester Endowment for the Pam Mars Malester Annual University Lecture


Charles and Lois Lee ’65

“Everything circles back to UNCG. I’m incredibly grateful for the life I’ve lived with Charles and my family, and so much of it is because of UNCG and those people who took such powerful interest in my success.”

Charles and Lois Lee ’65
Charitable Gift Annuity to The Helen Canaday Scholarship


Patricia Shore Clark ’58 and
Blanche Rigsby Shore

Blanche Rigsby Shore was a devoted mother and nurse. Her life was staunch in providing nurture, aid, and support to those in her care — a feat her daughter, Patricia Shore Clark ’58, chose to commemorate.

The Blanche Rigsby Shore Scholarship in Nursing, established by Patricia Shore Clark ’58 in memory of her mother, Blanche Rigsby Shore


Mary Ellen Boelhower

Highlighting her passion for fundraising and love of travel, Mary Ellen Boelhower, alongside her husband, established a testamentary gift to create study-abroad opportunities for Bryan School students.

John and Mary Ellen Boelhower
The John & Mary Ellen Boelhower International Scholarship Endowment


Dr. Ellen Thrower ’75, ’80 MBA and Alma Sneed Peebles ’35

“In looking back, it has been a wonderful career; one that has been rewarding beyond my wildest imagination, and it would not have happened without my mother’s encouragement and support.”

The Alma Sneed Peebles Endowed Scholarship, established by Dr. Ellen Thrower ’75, ’80 MBA in memory of her mother, Alma Sneed Peebles ’35