Why They Give

Donor Stories



Dr. Frieda Elaine Penninger ’48

Although this witty intellectual is well-acquainted with a variety of institutions of higher learning, UNCG holds her highest affection.


Damien “Dame” Moore ’95 and Randy Wadsworth ’95

Things have changed quite a bit since those days of ours. But one thing that has remained constant is the ongoing need for some students to receive financial assistance to continue their education. We would like to give back to the school in an effort to assist a select group of students.


Johanna Pearson Winchester ’80, ’90 MSN and George Winchester

Johanna fulfilled her potential and held close her parents’ value of education, creating opportunities for tomorrow’s nurses by giving back.


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.