ANONYMOUS DONOR MAKES $2,000 GIFT                                                                                                 

CULLOWHEE – An endowed scholarship fund designed to help the children of Western Carolina University staff members attend Western is one step closer to reality, thanks to the contribution of $2,000 from an anonymous university employee.

With the contribution, the recently established Staff Forum Scholarship Fund stands at about $4,000 – still short of the goal of $10,000 that is necessary to create an endowed fund.

“On behalf of the members of the Staff Forum and all employees at Western, I would like to thank our benefactor for making this significant contribution to our scholarship fund,” said Terry Riouff, Staff Forum chair. “Although the donor is an SPA employee who wishes to remain anonymous, I can say that this contribution was made in part to help encourage other employees to give. We realize that times are tough for staff members, but even a small monthly contribution of $5 through payroll deduction will go a long way toward achieving our goal of being able to start awarding scholarships to a deserving student,” Riouff said.

The Staff Forum is planning to hold a scholarship fund-raising event as part of the annual Mountain Heritage Day, set for Saturday, Sept. 24. Details will be announced later. Employees also may make contributions to the Staff Forum Scholarship Fund through the Family Campaign, and may do so through payroll deduction.

“We all know that scholarships make it possible for young people to attend college who might not otherwise be able to afford to do so,” said Brett Woods, director of annual giving and special gifts. “That is our hope with the Staff Forum Scholarship – to help the children of our fellow staff members attend Western.”

For more information about the Staff Forum Scholarship Fund, contact the Office of Annual Giving at (828) 227-7124, or go to . Forms are available online, or from the office at 401 H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

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