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Michael M. Athey, Ed.D. '62

A native of the Eastern Panhandle, Michael M. Athey, Ed.D. '62, spent more than a decade as a high school teacher and supervisor with Berkeley County Public Schools. He then transferred to West Virginia University, where he served as a professor of teacher education courses and later as a fire safety instructor with the WVU Extension Service. Now retired and living in Shepherdstown, Athey is a longtime member of the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department and is deeply committed to his involvement in the Shepherd community. The Michael M. Athey, Ed.D. Endowed Scholarship, made through a bequest in his will, supports science education students and student athletes, with a preference for those participating in men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball and reflects Mike's varied interests.

Carl Stewart '58 with President Suzanne Shipley during a visit to Shepherd's campus; Inset: Carl with his late wife, Violet Wilt Stewart, for whom he named his endowed gift.

Carl Stewart ’58, a retired minister residing in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, endowed the Violet Wilt Stewart Scholarship in memory of his beloved late wife, who passed away in early 2011 after 53 years of marriage. The two met as classmates at Shepherd when Violet agreed to attend a fraternity social with Carl as his blind date. The Violet Wilt Stewart Scholarship supports residents of Hardy County, WV, with a preference for members of the 4-H Youth Development Organization. As Shepherd students, Carl and Violet were both members of the Shepherd College 4-H Club and the organization remained special to them throughout their life together.

John Boyle and the first recipient of the annual Boyle Family Scholarship, Wayne Hawkins, a Shepherd senior from Culpeper, VA

John Boyle established The Boyle Family Scholarship in tribute to the wonderful experience his daughter, Colleen Boyle ’12, had as a Shepherd student and member of the Shepherd University Marching Band. As John and his wife Pam, attended Shepherd football games in support of Colleen's band activities, they grew to love the culture of the University and surrounding town. John especially appreciates the Ram band's unfailing ability to evoke spirit from the crowd and players. Rather than donate to the overall program, however, John instead chose to express his gratitude as a father by investing in the lives of individual student members with this annual scholarship award. “My daughter benefited from Shepherd in so many ways,” he said. “I wanted to give something back, particularly to the marching band.”




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