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Shepherd graduate's father establishes scholarship out of gratitude

ISSUED: 16 January 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd graduate's father establishes scholarship out of gratitude)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation announces the first award of the newly established Boyle Family Scholarship to Shepherd senior Wayne Hawkins of Culpeper, Virginia. The annual award supports students involved in the Shepherd marching band.

Hawkins, a music education major, plays the saxophone in the Shepherd Ram Band, in addition to mentoring underclassmen band mates. Following graduation, he would like to become a music teacher. "Music has a really strong force in this world," said Hawkins.

The Boyle Family Scholarship was created by John Boyle of Sterling, Virginia, in tribute to the positive experience his daughter Colleen Boyle had as a student at Shepherd. Not only was she surrounded by excellent faculty and staff, her close interaction with Shepherd's President Suzanne Shipley, who hired Colleen as her dog sitter, gave Colleen an excellent sense of responsibility.

"As a father, I saw my daughter grow and thrive at Shepherd University," said Boyle. "Working with Dr. Shipley and earning her trust and respect had a great impact on Colleen and made her time at Shepherd that much more valuable. As a parent, I wanted to show my gratitude to the school."

Boyle acknowledges that his daughter's involvement with Shepherd's marching band and music department helped ease her transition into college. Boyle and his wife began to attend Shepherd football games in support of Colleen's band activities and they grew to love Shepherd's community-based culture; Boyle even volunteers to administer the Shepherd Ram Band and Shepherd Ram Football Fans Facebook pages. He hopes his gift and its investment in the educations of individual band members conveys his appreciation for the band and the spirit they evoke from the crowd and players at games.

"It's the gratitude of a parent to his child's university for the experiences she had there," Boyle said. "My daughter has benefitted in so many ways from her experiences at Shepherd. I just wanted to give something back, particularly to the marching band."

For more information about establishing an annual or endowed award through the Shepherd University Foundation, contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397,, or visit


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John Boyle with the first recipient of the Boyle Family Scholarship, Wayne Hawkins

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