Donor Stories

Former Student Honors a Life-Changing Professor

Former Student Honors a Life-Changing Professor

Out of gratitude for Dr. Gabbin and his life-changing experience in and out of the Honors Program, Sean Tobin ('92) and his wife, Michele, established the Dr. Joanne Gabbin Professorship in the Honors College with a planned gift in her honor. Tobin hopes the professorship will perpetuate in future faculty members the kind of caring and high expectations that Dr. Gabbin exemplifies. Read more about the Tobin's gift and Dr. Gabbins' influence.
A Gift that Lives in Perpetuity

A Gift that Lives in Perpetuity

The first of his family to attend a four-year college, Raiquan Thomas is thankful for the William T. and Mildred F. Van Dyck Scholarship Endowment in the School of Music, which was established with estate gifts from the Van Dyck family. Mrs. Mildred Van Dyck was a Music Education graduate of the Class of 1934 and taught school in Portsmouth, VA for more than 35 years. Raiquan says of the scholarship, "Having that makes me work 10 times harder. I want to make a difference. It's an amazing gift." By establishing an endowment, the Van Dyck's gift will continue to support music students in perpetuity.
Educator Makes an Impact on Current and Future Students

Educator Makes an Impact on Current and Future Students

William F. Wright ('60, '66M) created his lasting legacy by becoming a member of Madison Founders Society. Mr. Wright, a graduate of the College of Education and an educator for over 25 years, established the William F. Wright Academic Scholarship Endowment, the Eleanor E. Wright Memorial Scholarship Endowment, and the Wright Family Scholarship during his lifetime and made provisions in his estate plans to enhance the scholarships. Mr. Wright attended many Stewardship Luncheons, a special event where he spent time with the students who benefitted from his generous scholarships. His legacy will live on through these scholarships and the impacts they will make on future students' educations.
Joneses' Gift Aims to Advance STEM at JMU

Joneses' Gift Aims to Advance STEM at JMU

Stanley ('54) and Rosemary Jones know the value of education. "Education has been everything to me," Jones said before the 2019 Stewardship Luncheon. "We are fortunate and need to offer someone else the opportunity." Between a pledge of $50,000 each year for the rest of the lifetimes as well as an estate gift, the Joneses have pledged more than $1.3 million to provide scholarships for first-generation students in the College of Science and Mathematics or the College of Integrated Science and Engineering who are also Honors College students. Read more about the Joneses' gift and its future impact.
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