Emory & Henry College recently recognized an exemplary philanthropist whose generosity honors two former teachers while supporting students planning careers in education.
Wanda M. Faust, a member of the E&H Class of 1952, has provided the College with an initial gift of $25,000 to establish a memorial scholarship in honor of the late Helen J. Faust, Wanda's sister and a member of the E&H Class of 1954, and the late Ruth E. Williamson, Wanda's dear friend and a member of the E&H Class of 1951.
In thanking Faust for her generosity, E&H President Jake B. Schrum noted that the "exemplary philanthropist" is one who recognizes a strong need and seeks to meet it. “Wanda knows that students who go on to be educators have loans to pay back, but don't have big salaries,” Schrum said.
Dr. Janet Crickmer, a professor of teacher education at Emory & Henry, said Faust, through her giving, honors two women motivated not by money but by a desire to make the world a better place. She added, “Wanda knows that the work of a teacher is critically important. It is a life devoted to service and it requires dedication and sacrifice.”
Clair Vaughn, E&H junior and interdisciplinary mathematics major, said Emory & Henry graduates some of the most prepared teachers in the nation, which enhances the value of Faust's gift. Speaking to Faust, she said, “Emory & Henry students appreciate your generosity, dedication and love that you show to this College.