Scholarship Fund Honors Leota and Eugene ‘Jack’ Diggs

Posted on: Monday, October 14th, 2013
by Brent Treash
A scholarship fund honoring Leota Coe Diggs and Eugene Edwin “Jack” Diggs has been established at Emory & Henry by the daughter and son-in-law of the couple. Scholarships from the fund will be awarded annually to any qualified undergraduate E&H student, first-year or above, who demonstrates financial need. Preference for awarding the scholarship will be given in the following order: students majoring in mathematic; students involved in community service; any qualified undergraduate E&H student.

A scholarship fund honoring Leota Coe Diggs and Eugene Edwin “Jack” Diggs has been established at Emory & Henry by the daughter and son-in-law of the couple.

Jean Diggs Williams of the E&H Class of 1954 and her husband, John King Williams, visited Emory & Henry Sept. 26 to announce the gift honoring her parents and to join E&H President Jake Schrum in signing an agreement establishing the fund.

According to Jean, her mother drove a Model T to Emory & Henry, which she attended for two years before becoming a teacher. Jean’s father was highly engaged in his community. The parents inspired Jean to become a teacher and to serve others.

“Now is the time for John and me to help other students,” Jean said. “My parents would be very humbled to know that we are honoring them in this way.”

Scholarships from the fund will be awarded annually to any qualified undergraduate E&H student, first-year or above, who demonstrates financial need. Preference for awarding the scholarship will be given in the following order: students majoring in mathematic; students involved in community service; any qualified undergraduate E&H student.

Cole Conley, an E&H student majoring in mathematics, praised the Williams’ generosity in establishing the scholarship fund. “This provides a huge reward to people who are willing and able to do great things in the field of math,” he said.

Jean reflected on the many positive influences she experienced while a student at Emory & Henry, including favorite professors, the E&H Concert Choir, chapel services and social functions. “Emory & Henry was great then and it is great now,” she said.