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.
Davidson’s proximity to Charlotte provides countless opportunities for students, and Davidson alumni enrich the Charlotte community as they become involved through their careers and community engagement initiatives.
A member of the Davidson College Board of Trustees has anonymously committed $2.5 million to Davidson in support of scholarships. Much of the gift is designated to endow a men’s basketball scholarship to be named in honor of Head Coach Bob McKillop.
Players on the 2015 Davidson College football team had the honor of breaking in a newly renovated locker room and weight room in Richardson Stadium. Made possible by parent and alumni donors and volunteers, the new spaces create a better training environment for current players. In addition, the facilities are on par with or better than those of competing schools and programs, which will aid in recruiting efforts.
Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of the college gave the #AllinforDavidson challenge 109%! More than 2,727 donors gave more than $763,269 to Davidson in a single day during the college’s third #AllinforDavidson challenge. The total includes $350,000 from challenge donors plus all the gifts made by alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends in the 24-hour period.
Carole and Marcus Weinstein have committed $1M of further support to Davidson’s Weinstein International Programs. Their gift supports international students’ travel in the U.S., student/faculty research collaborations and more.