University of Lynchburg President Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar and her husband, “first gentleman” Dr. Robert Shetlar, marked their first day in office with a $25,000 gift.
The gift will fully fund a scholarship for students in good academic standing and who demonstrate financial need.
“As a former first-generation college student myself, I know what it means to depend on the generosity of others,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “My own education would not have been possible without support from donors who believed in my potential, and for that I am forever grateful. I hope that this scholarship will do the same for someone else.”
Vice President for Advancement Dr. Mike Bonnette noted that the scholarship will continue in perpetuity. “Our new president and her husband understand the commitment they are making to the institution by becoming a part of the Lynchburg family,” Bonnette said.
“They also understand that they are inspiring a spirit of philanthropy among our students, alumni, and friends. Their Hornet pride is already evident, and we thank them for setting a great example for all of us.”