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John and Martha Plamp Endowed Scholarship

John and Martha Plamp’s interest in Bellarmine goes back to the beginning, “when the university was just this idea in Msgr. Horrigan and Fr. Treece’s mind,” John says. “We were both interested in the development of a young Catholic institution that had the promise of amounting to something.”

They have remained connected with Bellarmine ever since. The Plamps are members of the Heritage Society and the President’s Society, and Martha is a member of the Women’s Council.

As trustees of the Curtis W. Miles Charitable Trust, which is named for Martha’s uncle, another devout Catholic and longtime Bellarmine advocate, they have made significant gifts to help the university realize its potential. One recent gift enabled the Lansing School of Nursing to purchase a lifelike simulated patient that allows students to hone their skills.

Now John and Martha have established an endowed scholarship to help Bellarmine continue to attract excellent students.

“I think it’s extremely important to any community and the people in it to have at least one – and certainly in a sizable town, more – independent colleges that have different backgrounds and interests and are attractive to different segments of the public and students. Louisville has a long history of Catholicism, and I think it’s important that the Catholic-based schools are supported and continue to flourish,” John says.

Over the past 60 years, the Plamps have watched the “young Catholic institution” on the hill grow, most recently under the goals of Vision 2020. “I’m impressed,” John says. “I thought when I first heard about it that it might be overreaching, but they have simply gone ahead and done what they said they were going to do. I think it’s a good example of if you want to get something done, you have to decide what you want to do, believe in it and go ahead with it.”