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Shepherd University Foundation announces the W.H. Shipley Music Scholarship

ISSUED: 2 March 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd University Foundation announces the W.H. Shipley Music Scholarship)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation has announced the creation of the Walker Horton Shipley Music Scholarship, funded by Mary Jane Shipley in memory of her late husband. Funds will be used to provide financial assistance to Shepherd students pursuing music studies.

Born in 1922 in Hillsboro, Texas, Walker Horton Shipley attended Baylor University as a music major from 1939-1942, at which point he interrupted his education to serve as an Air Force navigator in World War II. Shipley went on to work in personnel management with a focus on leadership motivation and organizational development, eventually founding Man Alive, a human resources development firm specializing in the needs of small- and medium-sized organizations. He served as president of Man Alive until his death in 2000.

Mary Jane Shipley was inspired to honor her husband's memory with a named fund after recalling his efforts to make scholarships available to young people in need though his civic work. Mr. Shipley enjoyed many hobbies but was always happiest when playing or listening to music.

Shepherd University President Dr. Suzanne Shipley and her brother, Wes, share their father's love of music and his belief in the inherent worth of the individual. Dr. Shipley said, "Dad based his life's work on helping people uncover their innate strengths and talents and urging them to give unsparingly of those talents."

For more information about this scholarship, or to honor or memorialize a loved one by establishing a named fund through the Shepherd University Foundation, please contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397,, or visit


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Joining Mary Jane Shipley (second from the left) at the dedication ceremony the newly renovated Walker Horton Shipley Recital Hall in the Frank Center in January are (l. to r.) Randy Wadsworth, son-in-law; Mrs. Shipley; Shepherd President Suzanne Shipley, daughter; and Wesley Shipley, son.

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