Initiatives and Scholarships Sustained Through Many Gifts

Anna Jacobs, left, WC '86, and Lynn Frye, WC '86, pose for a photo in the Marijayne Ward Beggs Terrace. A group of Brenau alumnae, including Jacobs and Frye came together to name the terrace in Beggs' honor. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Brenau Trustee Anna Jacobs, left, and Lynn Frye, both 1986 Women’s College graduates, pose for a photo in the Marijayne Ward Beggs Terrace at Brenau University’s Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

The ForeverGold campaign affords the opportunity for individuals and organizations to make contributions of any size that have an everlasting impact on the life of the university and its students. Below is a sampling of initiatives that were made possible through the support of many gifts, large and small.

Clara Martin Endowed Journalism Scholarship: Longtime journalism professor Clara Martin in 2000 rounded out her three-decade-long career at Brenau by establishing this scholarship for students interested in journalism. Since then, more than 30 individuals and organizations havemade about 200 gifts totaling almost $33,000 for this fund, which in 2016-17 provided $1,300 in scholarship support for two students.

Kitty McKenna Brothers Endowed Scholarship: This endowed scholarship was established by classmates of Katherine “Kitty” McKenna Brothers, WC ’72, who died after a valiant battle with breast cancer in 2000. A trio of friends including Gloria Ann Aaron, WC ’71, Mary Pat King, WC ’72, and Jane Patterson Suggs, WC ’74, along with some of Kitty’s family, started the fund in 2000 with a goal to build the endowment to $100,000. They contacted friends and family, held silent auctions at May Day, sold tickets to a dinner at May Day featuring Kitty’s brother Quito McKenna’s barbecue, prepared and sold a cookbook, and enlisted multiyear pledges to the scholarship. During the life of the endowment, 160 people and organizations have made 331 gifts for a total of $79,868. As of June 30, 2016, market valuation was $101,915, and the fund generates an annual award of about $4,500 for students in the Women’s College.

Augusta and William Schrage Endowed Scholarship: Established by longtime Gainesville communitarians Gussie and Bill Schrage, this endowed scholarship is earmarked for students majoring in science, math or technology. The Schrages’ son Lorry and his wife Sherrie continue to support this endowment along with about two dozen other individuals and organizations. Today the fund is valued at close to $200,000. It provides $5,100 in scholarship support annually.

Amy Andrews Endowed Scholarship Fund: Amy was a Women’s College student when she died in a car accident in 1983. A native of Columbus, Georgia, her parents, Patti and Mote Andrews, established the scholarship to be awarded to full-time Women’s College students with reference given to students from the Columbus area. By June 30, 2017, about 200 gifts to the fund from 30 individuals and a foundation had added about $13,000, which brings the fund’s current value to around $18,000. It provided $800 in scholarship support for 2016-17.

Marijayne Ward Beggs Terrace: Brenau Trustee Anna Jacobs and Lynn Frye (pictured above) were among 52 alumnae and friends who gave more than $15,000 to name the comfortable vantage point for watching ball games in memory of Beggs, WC ’86, who died in 2006 at age 42 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Academy Corner: 85 former Brenau Academy students and friends contributed almost $10,000 to the project known as “Academy Corner,” which includes a bronze plaque on Brenau’s Gainesville historic campus honoring former academy dean C.B. Branham.