Emory & Henry celebrated recently a devoted alumnus of the institution and his spouse who have established through a generous gift a scholarship to enhance the futures of needy students at a college “that is good for the future.”
The Rev. Charles J. and Betty W. Hurlock joined E&H President Rosalind Reichard at a signing ceremony Thursday, Aug. 23, to establish the $100,000 scholarship endowment. Proceeds from the endowment will be given to students who are planning careers in a church vocation; however, the scholarship may be awarded to any student with financial need.
“Ever since my days at Emory & Henry, this College was good for my future,” said Charles Hurlock, a member of the E&H Class of 1943. “That’s what this place is; it’s good for the future.”
Hurlock took his first appointment as a minister in the Holston Conference in 1944 and graduated from Candler School of Theology in 1946, the year he married Betty Wood. The two partnered in ministry until Charles’ retirement in 1986, serving churches throughout the Holston Conference.
Reichard praised the couple for their steadfast support of Emory & Henry and their commitment to future of its students. “Your gift means so much to the future of this institution through the support you are providing students,” Reichard said.
An E&H religion major, Rachel Witt, thanked the Hurlocks for their support of the College and offered herself up as a testimony to the transformational quality of the College and its emphasis on faith. “Emory & Henry challenged my thinking and my faith, but I’ve always come out stronger than when I started. This has been a phenomenal experience, and I want you to know how important this gift is.”
Committed to the community in and beyond the church, Charles served throughout his life as a member of the Civitans, Kiwanis Club, Lions and Rotary. Betty is the founder of “Partners in Crisis,” which assists clergy couples during the strife of divorce.
The couple has a daughter, Carol Hurlock Chamberlain, a member of the E&H Class of 1969; a son, David Hurlock; and several grandchildren, including Chad Chamberlain, E&H Class of 2002.