Saint Paul’s College National Alumni Association donates $25,000 to Voorhees

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Saint Paul’s College National Alumni Association donates $25,000 to Voorhees

December 18, 2018

Saint Paul’s College’s National Alumni Association (NAA), recently presented Voorhees College with a check in the amount of $25,000.

Saint Paul’s College was a sister institution to Voorhees through its affiliation with the Episcopal church. After its closing in 2013, Saint Paul’s NAA still remained active.

In an effort to assist with financial needs at Voorhees, Saint Paul’s College NAA former president, Hardi Jones, suggested that funds the association previously raised be split between Saint Augustine’s University, an Episcopal affiliated college located in Raleigh, N.C. and Voorhees into two $25,000 endowed scholarships. “Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s are the only institutions still in existence out of the 11 original Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that are supported by the Episcopal Church. It is our goal to establish a legacy for Saint Paul’s through these endowed scholarships,” Jones said.

Current association president Lambert McCullough said he wanted to be a part of something that would make a difference in someone else’s life. “I am happy we were able to help Voorhees College while preserving the legacy of James Solomon Russell, founder of Saint Paul’s College. Our NAA continues to strive to help deserving students have a chance at an education,” McCullough said.

President W. Franklin Evans said Voorhees College is forever grateful for the donation because many HBCUs are in a state of financial crisis. “We all must work together because we are in the struggle together. Saint Paul’s College NAA reflects what service is about and we are extremely grateful,” Evans said.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Development Dr. Gwynth Nelson said this major gift is truly an act of God. “Saint Paul’s College NAA did not have to do this, but they have an interest in the survival of other HBCUs,” Nelson said.

Development Officer for Major and Planned Gifts Dr. Teesa Brunson, who spearheaded this initiative said it has been a rewarding experience. “Saint Paul’s College NAA has been on target with their plan to give since day one. Their generosity will allow Voorhees College to make a significant investment in our students,” Brunson said. “I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Saint Paul’s College NAA and look forward to growing our relationship.”

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu.

Front row: left to right :Dr. Teesa Brunson, Lambert McCullough, Jacqueline Tillar, Saint Paul’s NAA treasurer, Dr. Gwynth Nelson.
Back row: left to right: Ulysses Williams, Jr., Voorhees director of alumni affairs, President W. Franklin Evans, Hardi Jones,
and Sarah Simpson, Voorhees development officer