October 2, 2023

Alumna Donates $1 Million for Comprehensive Scholarship

A member of the 1908 Society at the University of Mary Washington has donated $1 million to create a new Alvey Scholarship for exceptional students from states other than Virginia.

The donor, who asked that her name and class year remain anonymous, wishes to enhance opportunities for out-of-state students to pursue their educational goals while residing on campus and benefiting from the true Mary Washington experience.

Established in 2004, the endowed Alvey Scholars program at Mary Washington provides comprehensive, merit scholarships to students with outstanding academic credentials, thus enabling Mary Washington to compete for and attract the best and brightest students from across the country. Candidates for these scholarships are selected from freshmen accepted to the University through the honors admission program; each Alvey scholarship is renewable up to four years if student recipients continue to meet award criteria.

“This $1 million gift is a great example of the dedication and loyalty our alumni have to their alma mater,” said UMW President Troy D. Paino. “This donor’s personal journey in a career made possible by a degree from Mary Washington is now helping the University create infinite opportunities and possibilities for students that will continue generation after generation.”

The 1908 Society at Mary Washington recognizes nearly 8,000 living alumni from classes that already have celebrated 50th reunions. In June 2017, members of the Class of 1967 will be inducted into this society, named to commemorate the year of the University’s founding.

For more information, contact Donna Raab, executive director of campaign initiatives, at draab@umw.edu or 540-654-2059.