University News
For Immediate Release: 
Mar 28 2000

Princeton Resident Establishes Scholarship at Concord

"For the Good of My Community. . ."

Athens, W.Va. - In the fall of 1933, a young Anna Lee Campbell entered Concord College with the intent of pursuing her dream of a college education. She attended Concord for a year and a half, and left to become the wife of George Shumate in February 1935. Anna Lee Shumate then devoted her time, energy and talent to raising a family and assisting her husband with a successful furniture business in downtown Princeton, W.Va.

To honor her memory, Mr. Shumate established the Anna Lee Campbell Shumate Scholarship Fund at Concord College. An income earned from the endowment will provide scholarships for unlimited generations of Concord students.

"I want to establish this scholarship for the good of my community," stated Mr. George Shumate. "Education is important to our family and this is one way we can give back to our community."

Vice President for Development, J. Douglas Machesney, George Ronald Shumate, M.D., a surgeon at Low Moor Hospital in Covington and Salem, Va., and the son of Mr. Shumate and the late Mrs. Shumate, and President Jerry Beasley were present when the scholarship announcement was made.

The scholarship will be awarded to an entering freshman and will be used to pay toward the student’s tuition and fees and room and board. Selection of the scholarship recipient will be based on a combination of a student’s ACT score, rank in high school graduating class, GPA, and other criteria.

Concord College President Jerry Beasley stated that, "We appreciate the Shumate family’s generous contribution. Anna Lee Campbell Shumate valued her Concord experiences, and her husband, George Shumate, wanted to recognize his wife’s commitment to education by helping Concord students."

For more information about scholarships, or attending Concord College, please call 1-888-384-5249, or 1-304-384-5248.

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Concord College Notes: The Office of Development is responsible for fundraising, public relations, alumni relations, and marketing for the College. All West Virginia State Colleges have either Development or Advancement Offices that provide these types of services. The College’s endowment has grown from $125,000 to $15 million the past 12 years. Funds are used primarily for scholarships for students at Concord. More than 75% of the student population receives some sort of financial aid (scholarships and need-based federal financial aid); $9.7 million was awarded in the 98/99 school year and $12.2 million in 99/00, an increase of 26%.

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