In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, Davidson faculty and students have a variety of opportunities to enrich their academic experience. Some of these include support for research and internships both on and away from campus. Others include support for special projects, visiting speakers, awards, seminars, and instructional materials.
The endowed funds listed below have been established to enhance the academic curriculum in specific ways.
George L. Abernethy Endowment — Established by Robert Abernethy, son of this Richardson and Dana Professor of Philosophy from 1946–1976, to strengthen the intellectual life of Davidson by funding programs and projects related to the areas of Professor Abernethy’s principal interests and life-long work—philosophy, ethics, politics, economics, public health, world affairs and comparative religion.
Barron Fund — Established by Dr. F. Hutton Barron, Class of 1961, to support meritorious faculty projects, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Richard R. Bernard Society for Mathematics — Honoring Professor Emeritus Bernard, membership in the Bernard Society is extended to mathematics majors. The Bernard Society supports the traditional Math Coffees, visiting speakers and other special projects to enhance the study and teaching of mathematics.
Frank Bliss Memorial Photography Fund — Established in memory of Professor Frank W. Bliss, Jr., this fund provides prize monies for the annual Dean Rusk international photography competition.
Henry and Daisy Bridges Earth Lecture Series — Established by Henry P. Bridges, Jr., Class of 1950, to provide perpetual funding for programs and activities which will increase the discourse about our planet and inform others of important concerns about its ecology.
Joel Conarroe Lecture Series — Established through the generosity of an anonymous donor to honor Joel Conarroe, Davidson College Class of 1956 and President Emeritus of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, this lecture series is to enhance the literary experience of Davidson students.
Cornelson Senior Seminar in Economics — Established by Mr. George H. Cornelson IV, Class of 1953, to support the Department of Economics through a lecture series and the senior session program.
Embry-Ghigo-Meeks Memorial Fund — For added cultural opportunities for participants in the Davidson at the University of Tours program in France; established in memory of French professors J. O. Embry, Francis Ghigo, Class of 1929, and Walter E. Meeks, Jr., who were ardent supporters and early faculty directors of the program.
John and Mary Gyves Fund For Medical Humanities — Established in loving memory of these parents of three Davidson sons, this fund provides support for student research and travel expenses for attendance at conferences for those students who have papers accepted by professional organizations in that field of study.
Thomas Jefferson III Ministry Fellowship — Established by Thomas Jefferson III, Class of 1959, this endowment provides funding for a student to participate in the Ministry Fellowship in Religious Vocation and Leadership program.
Ken Kelley Program in Historical Studies — Established by alumni, family and friends in memory of this member of the Class of 1963, the fund supports Kelley Scholars, the Kelley Lecture Series and the Kelley Award, annually presented to the senior history major who best exemplifies the personal qualities of Ken Kelley.
Page and Robert E. Kizer, Jr. Fund — Established by Robert Edward Kizer, Jr., Davidson College Class of 1961, and his wife Page, to endow both the position of Kizer Director of Teacher Education and the Kizer Internship.
Hilde Kreutzer Music Endowment — Established through the estate of Hilde B. Kreutzer to support the piano program at Davidson.
Leonard Community Service Fund — Established by Judy and Paul Leonard, Class of 1962, to support student service projects.
Malcolm Lester Endowment for the Teaching of History — Established through gifts from colleagues, alumni, parents and friends in honor of Dr. Lester, Davidson History Department Chairman for twenty-five years, this fund provides resources to supplement classroom teaching in history.
Henry Lilly Endowment for the Study of English — This fund memorializing Dr. Lilly, Class of 1918, a legendary Davidson English professor, provides resources to supplement classroom instruction with a variety of opportunities for advanced study in English.
Edwin F. Lucas, Jr. Endowment — Established by gifts from Blue Bell, Inc., family and friends, in honor of this member of the Class of 1942; the fund provides support for speakers and programs sponsored by the Pre-Management Committee.
Samuel D. Maloney Endowment for the Study of Religion and Society — Established by gifts from the Thomas Jefferson, Class of 1959, family of Richmond, Virginia, to honor Samuel D. Maloney, Class of 1948, James Sprunt Professor Emeritus of Religion, who served on the Davidson College faculty from 1954 to 1994; to support both an annual lectureship and student essay prize.
Miller Endowment — Established by Robert J. Miller, Class of 1984, in memory of his father, Richard Miller, this endowment provides full cost scholarships for Davidson’s July Experience summer program to qualified applicants who may not otherwise consider attending Davidson and funding for the Office of Admission and Financial Aid to promote affordability.
Mimms Bioinformatics Support Fund — Established by Larry T. Mimms, Class of 1976, to support Davidson’s genomics program through student fellowships, faculty workshops and financial assistance to college and high school faculty to attend said workshops.
Physics Department Endowment — Established by past majors and other friends to provide departmental awards and other special initiatives.
Price Student Loan Fund —Established by Dr. Thomas B. Price, Class of 1960, in honor of his father, Dr. Julian Pleasants Price, Class of 1922, and his father’s three brothers, earnings are used as a revolving loan fund for student emergencies and as funding for two Davidson Ministry Fellows positions administered by the Office of the Chaplain.
J. Harris Proctor, Jr. Fund for Political Science — Established in honor of Harris Proctor, longtime Chair of the Department of Political Science, this fund provides resources to enrich the study of political science.
Charles E. Ratliff, Jr. Endowment in Economics — Established in honor of Dr. Ratliff, Class of 1947, Kenan Professor Emeritus of Economics, this fund provides resources for economics programs that reflect his concerns and commitments. Programming includes faculty-student projects in public policy, international summer study or research, faculty development and visiting professorships.
Staley Endowment — Established by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Staley in honor of Mr. Staley’s parents, this fund is used to enhance the spiritual life of the Davidson College community.
Stapleton/Davidson Urban Service Internship — Established by G. Donnell Davidson, Class of 1939, and his wife Anne Stapleton Davidson, to involve Davidson students in Christian service projects related to the betterment of life for persons in the more troubled neighborhoods within the city of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Robert T. Stone Internship Fund — Established in memory of this distinguished alumnus of the Class of 1962 to enable one or more students to pursue internships involving the environment and other types of community service.
Vann Center for Ethics at Davidson College - Established by Mr. James M. Vann, Class of 1950, and his wife Lee, the Vann Center brings sustained focus to that which has been central to a Davidson education — ethical decision making and integrity of action. The center will allow the college to do so in the context of teaching and learning, community outreach, employment, and everyday life; and, further, to prompt and foster ethical inquiry and moral reflection on issues and situations in the world around us.
Jack Conkwright & Richard Wardlow Music Fund - Established by these friends of the college, the Conkwright-Wardlow Fund is for the support of the Department of Music, with the annual endowment draw to be used at the discretion of the Chair of that department. This fund may also be used to provide financial aid to needy and/or outstandingly talented students of music.