summer 2013 47 NEW ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP S Beenys believe leadership starts at home – in the residence hall Dr. Claudia Beeny and her husband, Richard Beeny, strongly believe that getting involved in residence hall governance can help students become leaders. To give more students this experience, they have endowed a scholarship that provides full room and board for a full-time, first-year student who agrees to become involved in some aspect of residence hall government. It is the first scholarship of its kind at Bellarmine. Dr. Beeny, who owns CKB Group, was a resident advisor in college and worked in higher education for 20 years, including four years as Bellarmine’s dean of students. Richard Beeny, CEO of LifeScience Logistics, was an older student and never lived on campus. “He wishes now that he had had that traditional residential experience,” Dr. Beeny says. “Colleges are big places. One sure place to find your niche is the residence hall.” The Claudia and Richard Beeny Endowed Residence Life Scholarship was one of five endowed scholarships announced in April at the 2013 Heritage Society Dinner, an event that celebrates those who have chosen to leave a legacy at Bellarmine University through an endowment or a planned gift. Here are details on the other four: The Tim Hughes ’65 and Gail Coutcher Hughes Endowed Scholarship Tim and Gail Hughes, who were both the first in their families to graduate from college, have established a scholarship that gives preference to other firstgeneration students. They created a similar fund at Gail Hughes’ alma mater, the University of Georgia. Reflecting their passion for service – they are avid volunteer leaders with and fundraisers for the American Red Cross and a number of other organizations in Charleston, S.C., Highlands, N.C., and Atlanta – they require people have the chance to earn a Bellarmine education. Their scholarship gives preference to a student in the Business School. The Hugh C. Wright Jr. Endowed Scholarship In addition to earning two degrees at Bellarmine, Hugh Wright ’75 (MBA ’79) excelled in athletics, playing basketball and serving as an assistant coach. When he passed away in 2008, his friend Phil Gahm suggested to Hugh’s wife, Kathy, that a scholarship in Hugh’s name would be a fitting memorial. She agreed, and with the help of Mr. Gahm’s CHAMP Foundation and the Want to help? The minimum amount required to establish an endowed scholarship is $50,000. If you’d like to contribute to any of these scholarship funds – or start your own – contact Joan Riggert at joanr@bellarmine. edu or 502.272.8330. the recipient of their scholarship to provide volunteer service for a human-service organization in Louisville, in his or her home community, or abroad. The Dick and Faye Thurman Endowed Scholarship Dick Thurman, a former Bellarmine Board of Trustees chairman, and his wife, Faye, place a high value on education – they set up college savings accounts for each of their five grandchildren as soon as possible. Mr. Thurman, who chaired the search committee that brought Dr. Joseph J. McGowan to Bellarmine as its third president in 1990, has been impressed by how Bellarmine has grown in the subsequent years, and he and his wife want to ensure that deserving young contributions of many family members and friends, that scholarship has been fully endowed and will provide financial assistance to other student athletes. The Bob and Susan Zimlich Endowed Accounting Scholarship Fund. Bob Zimlich, Bellarmine’s vice president for Administration and Finance, earned his undergraduate degree and his MBA at Bellarmine and has spent almost his entire career at the university. He and his wife, Susan, established a scholarship fund several years ago; this year, they named it in their estate plans, ensuring it will go on in perpetuity, giving many other deserving students the chance to earn an accounting degree at Bellarmine. Find a list of all the endowed scholarship funds at Bellarmine University at www.bellarmine.edu/heritagesociety/scholarships.
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