Greetings GWU Parents and Families!

On Thursday, February 20, Gardner-Webb University along with Dr. and Mrs. Downs hosted the 33rd annual Scholarship Luncheon in the Tucker Student Center. Scholarship recipients, GWU faculty and staff, donors and the Board of Trustees—more than 300 people in all—attended this year’s event. Attendees heard from president Dr. Downs, GWU alum and former scholarship recipient Megan Pope and new GWU Trustee Jesse Sprinkle. Sprinkle’s family has a history with the University dating back to 1916. Out of their love for GWU athletics and passion for the Great Commission, Jesse and his wife Amiee became lifetime members of the Bulldog Club and, along with business partner William Renfrow, created a scholarship in the Mission Endowment Fund to help send GWU students on mission trips both stateside and around the world.

Each year, the Scholarship Luncheon provides donors, who have generously created endowed scholarships, the opportunity to meet their student recipients. These special friends of the University empower GWU students, before they can even call them by name. There are more than 430 fully endowed named scholarships here at GWU. This year alone, the total financial aid distributed from endowed scholarships was more than $2 million. With 99 percent of our students receiving financial aid, these donors help to make our students’ dreams and goals a reality.

An endowed Scholarship is an amazing thing. These scholarships are created for many different reasons—to celebrate a profession or calling, to honor the impact of a distinguished career, to create an enduring legacy for a loved one and the list goes on. Some scholarships are endowed out of an abundance of wealth, others out of planning sacrifice and others by people coming together to meet a goal. To the recipients, these scholarships mean hope—hope for a college degree and encouragement that others believe in their dreams. If you are interested in creating a named scholarship or learning more about the named scholarship process, contact Sara McCall in the Office of Advancement at (704) 406-2475 or