Why They Give

Donor Stories



Martha Bridges Sharma ’67

An inaugural recipient of the Katharine Smith Reynolds Merit Scholarship, Martha Bridges Sharma has lived an extraordinary life of service–to teaching, to improving higher education, and to remembering her alma mater.


Class of 1934 Education Endowment Fund

Class of 1934 Education Endowment Fund

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”

— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, 1933


Class of 1947 Freshman Enrichment Fund

Class of 1947 Freshman Enrichment Fund

”As the year 1947 opens, America has never been so strong or so prosperous. Nor have our prospects ever been brighter.”

– President Harry S. Truman, 1947 Message to Congress


Class of 1953 Minerva and Minerva Garden Endowment

Class of 1953 Minerva and Minerva Garden Endowment

“…destiny has laid upon our country the responsibility of the free world’s leadership.”

–President Dwight David Eisenhower, Inaugural address 1953


Class of 1966 UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program Fund Endowment

Class of 1966 UNCG Teacher Education Fellows Program Fund Endowment

“Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.”

— President Lyndon B. Johnson, after signing the Higher Education Act of 1965


Dr. Ernest J. Grant ’15

I’ve always wanted to make the way easier for those who come after me.


Dr. Virginia "Ginny" Stone Johnson '70 and Linwood Johnson, Sr.
Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Stone Johnson ’70 and Linwood Johnson, Sr.

Being educators, we don’t have a million dollars to give the university.


Celia Hooper
Dr. Celia Hooper, M.A. ’74

My mother graduated from Woman’s College in 1945. She and my father instilled within me not only a passion for education, but also a spirit of philanthropy.


Susan Mcdonald
Susan McDonald ’67

My life compass was calibrated here. I am glad to have the opportunity to give back to UNCG for the education…


E.D. Kennedy
E.D. Kennedy ’45

A charitable gift annuity has proven to be a very good investment. The financial benefits have been considerable and it has allowed me to plan gifts…