Trinity’s Second Century Campaign Boosts Scholarship Funds
“Increasing scholarship funds is an important objective of the Campaign for Trinity’s Second Century,” Kathleen Zeifang ’72, director of major and planned gifts said. More than $3 million toward a goal of $5 million has been raised to date. The largest scholarship gift came from Joanne and William Conway who, through their Bedford Falls Foundation, committed $2.8 million for nursing scholarships. The first cohort of Conway Scholars completed their freshman year and a second cohort has been selected for the fall.
Another scholarship fund was created by Junko Koike, who attended Trinity in the 1960s. The endowed fund will support students every year into the future. Patricia Lynch O’Malley ’52 increased her existing endowed scholarship fund and renamed it to include her husband’s name. The Austin and Patricia Lynch O’Malley Endowed Scholarship was awarded for the first time this spring. Former Trustee John Harvey, MD, endowed the Adele Dillon Harvey ’45 Scholarship to honor his wife’s memory. In addition, The Economic Club awarded Trinity a grant for residential scholarships for D.C. students. To make a gift, contact the Office of Development at 202-884-9720.
Residential Scholarship Funded
Rising senior Teal Nathan will have a remarkably different final year at Trinity thanks to the vision and generosity of a mother and daughter team, Phyllis and Carolyn Rumbarger. She will be a resident student for the first time, saving her round trip four-hour commute on three different transit systems. For this student leader, the gift of a residential scholarship is a game-changer. Already an involved student, Nathan looks forward to attending forums and events held during evening hours at Trinity and to being more involved in the Trinity community as well as making her own mark through further contributions to the Trinity culture.
Phyllis Rumbarger’s association with Trinity dates back 20 years when she worked with the I Have a Dream program created by Commonweal Foundation founder Stewart Bainum who sponsored 67 sixth graders from Kramer Junior High School in Southeast Washington, D.C., and promised college scholarships to anyone in the class who graduated from high school. During the ensuing years Rumbarger was a stalwart guide providing wrap-around services, tutoring, and whatever she could to nurture the Dreamers to successfully complete their school years. Trinity was the choice for one of the Dreamers, whose own daughter is currently a Trinity senior.
The Rumbargers understand that the gift of time, close association with faculty, classmates, teammates and a few more hours of sleep can be transformational.
Philip L. Graham Fund Awards Grant to Trinity
Trinity has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Philip L. Graham Fund. In addition to acknowledging the outstanding education provided on Trinity’s main campus, the fund’s Board of Directors was particularly impressed with Trinity’s academic outreach into D.C. communities. This gift acknowledges Trinity as the only institution of higher education offering associate’s degree programs in Anacostia as well as partnerships with public charter high schools. These include the KIPP schools and the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, whose students are offered select college courses during their senior year. This association with Trinity has led to strong enrollments from these top-rated charter schools.
Class of 1950 Creates Award
The dynamic Green Class of 1950 designated its accumulated class funds for the purpose of creating the Patricia Sullivan Lindh ’50 Award for a graduating member of the Green Class of 2014. The award honors a student who showed leadership skills during her time at Trinity. In naming the award after classmate Patricia Sullivan Lindh, the class honors her inspiring tenacity as a student who among other adventures interviewed Bob Hope for the Trinity Times. She was involved in Republican politics and headed the women’s programs for President Gerald Ford at the White House. Later, she worked at the State Department before moving to San Francisco as vice president of the Bank of America.
The recipient of the Lindh Award is graduating senior Minette Achankeng. She was president of her class junior year and served on the Campus Ministry Service Board for three years. She was a member of the first Alternative Spring Break group of students to go to Selma, Alabama, to serve the community. Achankeng has been on service trips and volunteered with Byte Back, the Office of African Affairs, and PaxChristi USA. For the past two years, she was a peer advisor for incoming freshman. Achankeng is now interning for U.S. Congressman John Delaney of Maryland. Upon graduation, she will join the Peace Corps in China.
The Class of 1950 plans to raise funds to present a second Patricia Sullivan Lindh ’50 award to a Green Class senior in 2018.