Endowed Scholarships Change Lives

Kathy Dean Purpose

An endowed scholarship is a meaningful and life-changing way to honor a loved one while impacting the future by providing scholarships to University of Mobile students. The Endowed Scholarship Luncheon held Feb. 14 in Ram Hall was an opportunity for scholarship founders to meet current student recipients and learn first-hand how their generosity is making a difference.

More than 80 guests attended, representing 19 scholarships that total over $1.2 million.

Dr. Ted Mashburn, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke about the importance of endowed scholarships.

“I am one of you also, because many years ago my father established a scholarship to honor my mother; at his death, my sisters and I included his name on it, also. My parents knew all too well, as you know also, that education was and is the key to the future. And Christian education is the key to making the future better,” Mashburn said.

Scholarship recipients and UM Ambassadors Andrew Felts and Gabriella Loiacano thanked donors, and Miss UM 2019 Raven Young performed.

Six new endowed scholarships were announced.

Sharon Emmons Performance Scholarship and Eileen Emmons Performance Scholarship. Two scholarships founded by Mr. and Mrs. Butch Emmons to benefit students majoring in the performing arts. 

Judy Johnston Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established by Alan Johnston in memory of his wife, Judy Johnston, to be awarded to a student majoring in Christian Studies and licensed for gospel ministry, or one who effectively communicates a call to ministry. 

Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Shouppe Scholarship Fund. Founded by Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Shouppe for a University of Mobile athlete.

Wilcox Piano Endowed Scholarship Fund. Established by Mrs. Susan Wilcox Turner and Dr. Larry Turner, in memory of Mrs. Turner’s mother, Mrs. Edith Wilcox, to be awarded to a deserving student majoring in piano performance. 

The Sullivan Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. Started by UM student Breanna Sullivan and her siblings, in memory of their parents, for students majoring in education or communication with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To learn more about starting or adding to an endowed scholarship, contact the Office for Advancement at advancement@umobile.edu or 251.442.5789.

About the Author
Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean

Kathy is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with a strong background in strategic communications, feature writing/story-telling, copywriting and editing. She serves as assistant vice president for university communications. Kathy joined the University of Mobile marketing/public relations staff in 1993 and has earned awards for writing, public relations and advertising, including twice receiving the grand prize for feature writing from the Baptist Communicators Association. She serves on the board of the John M. Will Scholarship Foundation, awarding scholarships to promising student journalists; and is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Baptist Communicators Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Kathy lives in Daphne with her husband, Chuck, who earned his M.B.A. from University of Mobile. They have two children and two grandchildren.