Committing to The Davidson Trust


When Olivia Brown ’13 heard about the recent gifts to The Davidson Trust, it reminded her that the Trust was why she came to Davidson. At home, time’s are tight. “It’s just my mama, and we were worried about the finances,” said the Mitchell Benjamin Scholar. When she graduates in three years, she plans to give back. “If you come to Davidson, it’s always a part of you,” she said.

Davidson eliminated loans from all financial aid packages in 2007—the first college in the nation to take this step. This spring, the college announced four new gifts totaling $14.7 million to the college’s historic financial aid initiative, bringing total support for The Davidson Trust to $47.4 million.

Two of the new gifts came from Davidson trustees: Mackey McDonald ’68, chair of the board of trustees; and David Sprinkle ’66 and his wife, Pam. Sprinkle is chair of the audit and budget committee of Davidson’s board. The third donor is John McCartney ’74, who chaired the trustees from 2004 to 2008; and the fourth gift is a bequest from the estate of Jack Turner ’52 of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

In announcing the new gifts, President Tom Ross said, “In today’s challenging economic climate, it is more important than ever that highly selective liberal arts colleges like Davidson have the scholarship aid necessary to make it possible for students to attend. These new gifts, from four very generous alumni, are a sign of commitment to Davidson, and to our principles of need-blind admission and financial aid. And they are a sign of commitment to our current students and those who will enroll in years to come.”

B. D. Rodgers Scholar Mordecai Scott ’10 sees this level of support as key to achieving Davidson’s goals of globalization, diversity, and inclusivity. He believes that the Davidson experience, both past and present experience, inspires the college family to give back. “It takes a community to raise a child so it’s going to take a community of alumni to raise a college. I can’t wait to see how it grows!”

—Meg Kimmel



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