Why They Give

The Class of 1969 UNCG Endowed Scholarship

The 1960s were all about moving forward – scientific advances that saw the first successful heart transplant and an American walking on the moon, social advances that integrated schools and put Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court. UNC Greensboro’s Class of 1969 were right in the thick of it, building the foundations of their adult lives while society transformed around them.

The men and women of 1969 carried their motto – “Tomorrow through Today” – with them, recognizing how time and their experiences informed not only the present, but also the future. The education they received let them carve successful careers as educators, health care professionals, lawyers, and researchers. It helped them to make a difference in their families, their communities, and our society. It shaped their understanding of the world and their place in it.

Now celebrating their 50th year after graduation, the Class of 1969 enter the Vanguard: the society which celebrates those UNCG graduates of 50 or more years. As they do, they embrace the role of stewards of our history and guardians of our future through their class gift: The Class of 1969 UNCG Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will support high-achieving undergraduate students with financial need in any discipline.

With more than 1.6 million students applying annually for national merit scholarships, merit-and-need-based scholarships are especially precious at UNCG. The Class of 1969 UNCG Endowed Scholarship will ensure access to a quality education for students who weren’t selected for merit scholarships and otherwise don’t qualify for other financial assistance, such as Pell Grants.

“Many of us were the beneficiaries of scholarships,” says Bette Walston Brooks, chair of the Class Gift Sub-Committee. “Now we must gaze forward. Imagine students in the future receiving a scholarship from the Class of 1969. They will have increased access to a world-class education. Imagine them conducting research, presenting their senior recitals and exhibits, student teaching. Imagine the roles they will take to meet the changing needs of our evolving world.”

The 50th Class Reunion is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the education the Class of 1969 received, the friendships they forged, and the successes they earned. Their scholarship will provide the same opportunity for growth and transformation to generations of students to come.

Story by Michelle Danner-Groves, Donor Relations


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Kristine Davidson

Kristine Davidson

Associate Vice Chancellor