Mark and Simone Bye have moved 10 times in 25 years of marriage, mostly outside of the United States. They have lived in six countries and many of the world’s major metropolitan cities, and they grew their family by three along the way. Their second child, Colin ’17, turned the family’s attention to Davidson, and now they are hoping to use their global perspective to enhance the experiences of the college’s nearly 2,000 students.
Every contribution, whether time or resources, fuels the scholarships, programs, arts, research and athletics that build on Davidson’s foundation to reimagine the liberal arts experience.
The Sarah Worthington Duncan Fund for Scholar Athletes is made possible by a generous commitment from three generations of the Duncan family.
Tony Abbott came with his family from Maine in 1964, and in virtually no time at all, Davidson—the college and the town—became the home he had been looking for since childhood. “There’s something extraordinary about Davidson,” he said. “Telling anyone I had to go to work each day was really a lie. I never considered Read More
$12 million Duke Endowment gift will support recruitment, development and retention of Davidson College faculty. “This tremendous gift from The Duke Endowment ensures that the Davidson faculty will remain leaders in the constantly changing landscape of higher education.”
More than a century ago, Hamilton Witherspoon McKay graduated from Davidson College after a successful career in the classroom and on the football field. The son of a Presbyterian minister, he is remembered as a man of faith whose inspiration, courage, hard work and foresight influenced many people and projects.
Leading up to the class of 1979’s 35th reunion, alumni volunteers held regular conference calls to discuss plans for Reunion Weekend and also the status of their fundraising efforts. They decided they wanted to create an endowed class scholarship, something that hadn’t previously existed at Davidson.
A self-described timid little boy from the hillbilly country of east Tennessee, Phil Lewis ’64 found his ideal college home at Davidson. He recalls a freshman honors humanities course that was way over his head, but he survived and came to appreciate the rigor and sophistication of the Davidson curriculum–characteristics of the college that he has been pleased to see fortified over the years.
A new gift from former Davidson parent Scott MacDonald will allow students to pursue internship experiences that are consistent with their career interests and would not have been possible without financial support. The MacDonald Family Internship Program is a companion to the successful MacDonald Community Scholars Program at Davidson and jointly honors MacDonald’s sons, Davidson graduates Andrew ’03 and Ross ’08.
A $3 million gift from the Bacca Foundation builds upon the college’s reputation as a center for humanistic study and acknowledges the importance of the humanities in preparing students for today’s world.
Tim Bien makes the Davidson scholar athlete experience possible for more students through support of volleyball scholarships. “Sometimes, it’s easy to become cynical, but this group really renews my faith in the future,” he said.
Generous support from Wells Fargo made this year’s Davidson Impact Fellowships possible. Through this increasingly competitive program, recent graduates aim to address health, education and environmental issues across the U.S. and around the world.
Scholarships, international experiences, athletic programs, research opportunities, internships and more were made possible because of your gifts. Thank you for making this fiscal year a great one and for all you do for Davidson!
Beckman Scholars Nika Fendler ’19 and Vivienne Fang ’18[/caption]
Two students have been named the first Beckman Scholars at Davidson College, thanks to a $104,000 award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation that will support four scholars over the course of three years.
For Andy Schwab ’93, life has always been about building and being a part of a team. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was drawn to Davidson because of the combination of Division I athletics and strong academics. The college offered him the opportunity to balance soccer with his interest in genetics and ethics, a major he created through the college’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
What began as a family scholarship started by Andy Sherrill ’62 is now a larger effort to celebrate and remember Jeff Frank ’66, one of the most successful coaches in the history of Davidson Athletics and the head coach for the men’s tennis program for 34 years.