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In the News: Randolph College Receives $2.68 Million Gift

Coverage from the Lynchburg News and Advance

12/9/2009 1:19:06 PM

The following story appeared in the December 10, 2009 edition of the Lynchburg News & Advance. It is reprinted here with permission.

Randolph College will use $2.68 million donation to fund scholarships
By Liz Barry
December 9, 2009

Mary Virginia Whiteside graduated from Randolph Macon Woman’s College more than 50 years before the school went coed and changed its name to Randolph College.

Though Whiteside, class of 1944, initially opposed the change, she left the bulk of her estate — about $2.68 million — to her alma mater when she died in 2007.

The gift will enter the endowment and fund scholarships in her name for women with financial need.

Whiteside was a Latin major at Randolph, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to teach Latin to high school and college students at All Saints Episcopal College in Vicksburg, Miss. She was a resident of Redlands, Calif., in her later years.

Her love for Randolph transcended any disagreements she had with the college, said president John Klein.

“We knew she was unhappy about Randolph going coed, but she made a conscious decision that she wanted to leave the primary part of her estate to the college,” said president John Klein.

Klein added that, “Particularly in these economic times, it’s helpful for us to be able to offer substantial financial aid.”

According to Randolph College’s Web site, the school’s 2009-2010 tuition cost $27,920, while room and board cost $9,715.

Kay Mattox, director of student financial aid at Randolph, said major gifts like Whiteside’s help relieve the strain some families face in paying for a Randolph education.

“We have a number of students who have been affected by the economic turmoil,” Mattox said.

When a parent loses a job or takes a salary cut, students may be forced to seek additional financial aid.

“It’s definitely helpful when we have a huge gift like this to know that we can continue to help these students,” she said.

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