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HPU to Host 50th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast

High Point University invites the community to join in the Christmas spirit at the 50th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast. This year, the event will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, in the new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public.

HPU’s Community Prayer Breakfast is supported by Digger Enterprises, Fence Builders, Inc., Johnson’s Modern Electric, Smith & Jennings, Inc. and the Haggai Prayer Breakfast Fund.


HPU Students Pitch Business Ventures at Annual Elevator Pitch Competition

High Point University students pitched their business ventures to a panel of judges and earned start-up funds during the annual Elevator Pitch Competition on Nov. 10.

The annual competition is a part of HPU’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international initiative that introduces entrepreneurship to young people across the globe. There were 21 students competing this year for funding to launch their companies or continue working on their business ideas.


This year, the HPU Business Accelerator Fund, Troy Knauss, Bailey and Trey McKee Entrepreneurship Fund, and the Robert G. and Ellen S. Gutenstein Foundation supported the event.



HPU Holds Ribbon Cutting for Jana and Ken Kahn Hotel

The highly anticipated Jana and Ken Kahn Hotel on High Point University’s campus is officially open. Tonight, HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new academic learning lab honoring Jana and Ken Kahn for their generosity and support.

“High Point University is an institution we are honored to be connected with as the premier life skills university,” said Ken Kahn. “The new hotel will provide an inspiring environment to grow the leaders of tomorrow with hands-on learning opportunities.”



High Point University and Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc. announced today the establishment of an endowed scholarship to honor Dr. Robert “Bob” Brown, a local philanthropist, entrepreneur and the chairman of the Board of Trustees at HPU.

“I grew up not far from High Point University,” said Brown. “I remember riding by and the people always looked so happy, and that inspired me. Education is essential to moving forward, and I’m honored to have this scholarship in my name. My grandmother taught me that life was about serving and giving, and that’s what HPU does, which is why I love this university.”


HPU Dedicates Caine Conservatory with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

High Point University’s campus is filled with spaces for extraordinary learning, including the beautiful Caine Conservatory, which was completed in spring 2020. Today, HPU President Nido Qubein and the Board of Trustees officially dedicated the Caine Conservatory in honor of Don and Teresa Caine with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“This is a fitting tribute to their life together,” said Keith Cook, the son-in-law of Don and Teresa. “It displays Don’s passion for High Point University, his alma mater, and Teresa’s passion for plants. We are very happy to celebrate this dedication today.”


WGHP FOX8: HPU Dedicates Caine Conservatory in Honor of Don and Teresa Caine

High Point University President Nido Qubein and the Board of Trustees officially dedicated the Caine Conservatory in honor of Don and Teresa Caine with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. The Caine Conservatory, which was finished in spring 2020, is a place for students, faculty and staff, as well as a building for academic excellence. It features a classroom, a working greenhouse, a new eatery called The Butterfly Café and a planting display space.


HPU News | Freshmen Build 150 Bikes for Local Children

During a team building exercise just 48 hours after arriving to campus, HPU’s newest freshmen built 150 bikes. A day later, they surprised children from local Montlieu Academy of Technology by gifting them the bikes.


$5.5 Million Grant Helps Fund New Center for Community Engagement on HPU’s Campus

High Point University dedicates thousands of hours annually giving back to the community in many ways. The university will now be able to grow its community outreach programs thanks to a generous grant.

Oak Foundation is helping fund the creation of the HPU Center for Community Engagement which is expected to begin operating in the fall. The $5.5-million grant is one of the largest in HPU’s history. The international organization has funded more than 5,400 grants worldwide since it was founded in 1983.

“Oak Foundation is pleased to partner with High Point University in support of the Center for Community Engagement,” says Mille Brobston, special interest program officer for Oak Foundation. “The center will bring students, faculty and community members together to promote growth and social change in the city of High Point and beyond.

The Center for Community Engagement will serve as the central hub connecting the university and community resources by drawing in a diverse group of low-income students into the university through scholarships and program support.


HPU Announces Winner and Finalists of the Inaugural Elizabeth Miller Strickland Trailblazer Award

High Point University is proud to announce the nine finalists and inaugural winner of the Elizabeth Miller Strickland Trailblazer Award.

The Strickland Trailblazer Award, established by Elizabeth Miller Strickland, recognizes a trailblazing female who is a graduating senior with a monetary award intended to assist her with the transition from academia to life after High Point University. The Strickland Trailblazer epitomizes the qualities of hard work, passion for charitable and community service, perseverance and determination that define the life and legacy of Mrs. Strickland.

Candidates were nominated for consideration by the university’s deans and vice presidents. After being invited to apply, the Strickland Women’s Leadership Council selected and notified nine finalists, in addition to this year’s Trailblazer, all of whom received a monetary award and recognition for their extraordinary achievements, passion for High Point University and desire to make a difference in the world.


HPU Donors Dedicate STEM Lab in Honor of Retired Education Professor

A classroom inside the Stout School of Education was recently dedicated in honor of Nancy Shelton, Professor Emeritus, and member of High Point University’s class of 1956.

The Shelton Innovation Lab is located on the first floor inside HPU’s Stout School of Education. HPU staff and friends of Shelton gathered for a private dedication ceremony as Shelton and others participated virtually.


Students Win Thousands in Start-Up Funds during HPU’s 2021 Business Plan Competition

High Point University announces the winners for its 11th annual Business Plan Competition, which is supported by Truist. Freshman Erin Morrow was the first place winner of $10,000 for her company, Finger Flyer Educational STEM Kits.

Finger Flyer Educational STEM Kits are handheld quadcopter drones that are paired with guided educational lab activities that explore important aspects of science, technology, engineering and math as students assemble their drones. Each drone STEM kit provides a step-by-step assembly guide, explains the flight principles and underlying physics, and describes the drone technology that makes it all possible


HPU Awards Peterson Scholarship to Two Interior Design Majors

High Point University students Gabrielle Listorti and Helen de Weissenbruch, both sophomore interior design majors, have been awarded the Bill and Bonnie Peterson Endowed Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to students in the HPU School of Art and Design who are studying visual merchandising or interior design and plan to pursue careers in the home furnishings industry.

Established in 2001, the scholarship is named for Wilbert “Bill” Peterson, co-founder of Furniture Today, and his wife, Bonnie. Peterson was highly regarded for his integrity, understanding of the home furnishings industry and contributions through journalism. During his career, he received many industry honors, including the Pillar of the Industry Award, the Distinguished Home Furnishings Journalism Award, and was inducted into the Furniture Writers Hall of Fame.


HPU Dedicates Strickland Scholarship Plaza

During a small, private ceremony, High Point University dedicated the Elizabeth Miller Strickland Scholarship Plaza.

In August, on the 100th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees a woman’s right to vote, HPU announced a $12 million gift from Elizabeth “Betty” Strickland. The donation is the largest gift to HPU’s endowment in its 96-year history.

“HPU is unrecognizable since I attended; it’s incredible,” said Strickland. “I am so proud to support a university that fosters strong values. This plaza represents the importance of philanthropy that I hope others see and emulate.”


Wagoner Family Supports HPU with $200,000 for Scholarships

The Wagoner family of Taylorsville, North Carolina, is supporting High Point University with $200,000 through the Nita P. Wagoner Trust, which will establish the Nita P. and R. Gilmer Wagoner Academic Endowed Scholarship and the R. Gilmer Wagoner Baseball Endowed Scholarship.

“High Point University is an institution that prepares students for the world as it is going to be,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “We cannot accomplish what we do without the support of our alumni and their families who believe in our core mission and values.”


Quinn Family Supports HPU’s Professional Selling Program

The Quinn family, of Topsail Beach, North Carolina, has generously donated a gift to High Point University to establish the Milford R. Quinn Endowment for the Professional Selling Program.

The Milford R. Quinn Endowment for the Professional Selling Program was established by Kim and Michelle R. Quinn. The Quinns have a son, Holden Alexander Quinn, who is a member of HPU’s Class of 2021 and Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.

“The support from all of our HPU families goes so far in ensuring students receive an extraordinary education,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “The Quinn family recognizes HPU’s strong commitment to our values to prepare our students for the world as it is going to be. We are grateful for the support from the Quinn family.”

“My father was a big supporter of giving to Christian, values-based institutions, and there isn’t a better place than HPU to do that,” says Kim Quinn. “We have seen our son grow in so many ways since being at HPU.”


HPU Board of Stewards Raises $20,000 for Community Organizations

High Point University’s Board of Stewards did not let a global pandemic stop them from raising funds for local organizations this holiday season. Today, the Board of Stewards presented the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program and the MLK Oratorical Scholarship of the High Point Minister’s Conference each with a $10,000 check.

“I’m incredibly proud of our organization because amidst COVID-19, we were still able to make sure both organizations were receiving something,” said Courtney Smith, philanthropy chair for HPU’s Board of Stewards. “Both organizations do an amazing job at giving so much back to the community. Their service is something that we are all so proud to be a part of.”


Boras Family Establishes Veterans Scholarship at HPU

George and Susan Boras, of Ashburn, Virginia, have established the Boras Veterans Endowed Scholarship at High Point University with a gift to support students with previous military service and the children of veterans.

“We shout our values of being a God, family and country school from the mountain top,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “We are always grateful for the support of families, like the Borases, who stand by our values as strongly as we do.”


HPU Receives a $1 Million Scholarship Gift from the Surratt Family

High Point University recently received a $1 million gift to support students in the Stout School of Education from two alumni and longtime educators – Dr. Jim Surratt and his wife, Liz. Jim and Liz, of Austin, Texas, established the Surratt Scholarship to help support a special education major from each academic class who intends to pursue a career path working with children who have autism or similar communication disabilities.

As former educators who have also faced the overwhelming challenges of parenting a child with autism, the Surratt Family is passionate about the need for intervention in the lives of families who have a child with severe autism. They believe that comprehensive interventions are needed to reach these children in the classroom, as well as essential home support for the child and the entire family.

“Choosing to directly serve autistic youth and their families does not lead to the high level of positive reinforcement found in other careers,” says Jim Surratt. “The tangible rewards come slowly, and the work can be lonely for the educator. We felt a scholarship could not only be financially helpful, but could offer personal affirmation for a student choosing this work.”


HPU’s Sigma Nu Fraternity Raises Funds for Community Garden and Health Initiatives

High Point University’s Sigma Nu fraternity is partnering with the American Heart Association and D-UP and has raised more than $12,000 to support a community garden within D-UP’s Eatery Sprout Education Garden Program and other resources within the American Heart Association’s organization. Donations are still being collected and can be made here.

The Eatery Sprout Education Garden program at D-UP, a local nonprofit and afterschool program aimed at teaching children how to live healthy lifestyles, is a grass roots initiative for Washington Street community youth and their families that targets holistic change in food security with overall health, social and economic success.


HPU Launches $500,000 Challenge Gift for Minority Entrepreneurs in City of High Point

Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University president, announced today that HPU is issuing a challenge gift up to $500,000 to the High Point Community Investment Campaign, a new fund for minority entrepreneurs in the city, and called on community investors to support the initiative, too.

High Point City Councilman Cyril Jefferson is spearheading the project. Qubein and Jefferson have worked together with other city leaders, including Dr. Bob Brown, chairman of the HPU Board of Trustees, to launch the campaign and boost the city’s economy.

“When you’re trying to get a project going, you need people who can lift you up and say, ‘Yes, this can happen,’” said Qubein. “So today, we want to make a gift to get this project going. We want to make a challenge gift to this program that is 50% of what they need. High Point University today announces that we are matching up to $500,000.”


Two HPU Staff Members Receive Kahn Family Extraordinary Staff Award

Two High Point University staff members were awarded the annual Kenneth F. and Jana S. Kahn Extraordinary Staff Award for their above and beyond service to students and families of the university. The award winners received a $5,000 check funded by the Kahn’s endowment.

Jermaine Artis, security officer, and Stephanie Brantley, educational technology specialist, received the recognition at this year’s virtual staff kick-off meeting. Artis has been with the university for 11 years. Brantley has been with the university for three years.

“We have an HPU family who learned that we give awards to faculty each year, and wanted to ensure that we also provided similar awards for our caring staff,” said HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “I’m so grateful for the Kahn family who established this endowment. Jermaine and Stephanie have exemplified the values that our HPU faculty and staff are called upon to model for students each day.”


Donor Profile: Doug Witcher, A Landscaper’s Son Who Thinks Big

Whether it’s attending a Board of Trustees meeting or watching his daughter, Kinsley, ride her tricycle along the brick walkways, Doug Witcher is always amazed whenever he comes to High Point University.

He’ll see the school’s expansive $250 million Innovation Corridor behind the Wilson School of Commerce or spot the huge arena rising up beside Panther Drive, and he’ll think of the energy and vision of the man who helped make it happen -- HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein.

Witcher does know Qubein.

When he just started out in business, long before he made it big in the insurance industry, Witcher picked up leadership tips by listening to Qubein’s leadership training materials. Witcher now picks up life tips by listening to Qubein in person.

Witcher has committed almost $5 million to HPU. He has created a scholarship for students in need, supported the construction of an athletic center that bears his family’s name and created an endowment to help maintain it.


Elizabeth Miller Strickland Donates $12 Million to HPU Endowment

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees a woman’s right to vote, High Point University announces a $12 million gift from Elizabeth “Betty” Miller Strickland. This transformational donation, representing the largest gift to HPU’s endowment in its 96-year history, will establish the Elizabeth Miller Strickland Women’s Leadership Fund and the Elizabeth Miller Strickland Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“We have a commitment to broaden our impact locally, nationally and across the globe,” says President Nido Qubein. “This includes identifying the impact we can have in promoting equity in all forms, and Betty Strickland has generously provided us the opportunity to demonstrate specific leadership in the advancement of women. We can achieve this with faithful courage and the willingness to empower students, especially our young women, to become strong leaders of tomorrow. We are forever grateful for Betty’s generosity and commitment to help students pursue a holistic education at HPU.”

This is the largest endowment gift ever made to HPU. It will provide scholarship assistance to students with financial need and opportunities for women.


HPU Professor Secures $10,000 Grant For Community Clinic of High Point

Dr. Jordan Smith, assistant professor and co-curricular coordinator in High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, recently secured a grant for the Community Clinic of High Point to administer influenza vaccines to patients free of charge for the 2020-21 flu season.

The $10,000 grant was administered by the Guilford CARES Nonprofit Assistance Grant Program which was put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith applied for the grant when he learned it would supply aid to organizations that care for the most vulnerable members of the community.

This grant will allow the Community Clinic of High Point to vaccinate as many as 400 patients against influenza this year. It will also allow students and faculty to provide educational sessions and educational materials for patients to take home. These educational materials will provide information to Community Clinic patients on how to best prevent viral infections, including COVID-19, how to identify symptoms associated with these infections, and how to take care of themselves and their families should they become ill.


HPU Donates 2,000 Face Masks to Local Organizations

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the Triad region, High Point University has remained focused on supporting its families and community.

Today, HPU donated 2,000 face masks to four organizations within the city of High Point. The United Way of Greater High Point, the High Point Housing Authority, Carl Chavis YMCA and YWCA of High Point each received 500 masks.


HPU’s Sigma Nu Fraternity Makes Face Shields for Campus Employees


High Point University’s Sigma Nu fraternity raised funds to make 22 face shields for HPU employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The spring semester had a lot of unexpected turns,” said Michael Fragnito, Sigma Nu’s president. “Through all the difficulties, I believe HPU handled them flawlessly. As a student, my professors did an excellent job transitioning classes online, and I was able to finish the semester strong.”


Maelee Arnold Presented with HPU’s 2020 Haverty Cup

Maelee Arnold, a graduating senior with honors at High Point University, has been honored as the 2020 recipient of the Haverty Cup.

Arnold, who is from Asheboro, received $3,000, her name engraved on the base of the Haverty Cup, which is on permanent display in the library of Norton Hall on the HPU campus, and a personal replica of the Haverty Cup. 

Arnold has proven herself to be an outstanding person both on and off HPU’s campus. As a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, she has been active in helping with food insecurity in the High Point area. She has been a member of HPU’s Society of Leadership and Success, is a member of “Women in Motion of High Point” and has assisted the High Point Showroom Association since 2018.

She was voted by the HPU faculty to receive the Rising Star Illuminary Award for 2019. This award is provided annually by the Carolina’s Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA).


HPU Board of Stewards Donate $12,000 to West End Ministries

High Point University’s Board of Stewards, with the help of an anonymous donor, donated $12,000 to support West End Ministries in the city of High Point during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This spring semester, HPU Chapel continued to offer weekly chapel services online due to the pandemic.

“When we transitioned to online chapel, I was ecstatic,” said Sophie Carter, president of HPU’s Board of Stewards. “Hayworth Chapel is my favorite place on campus because it is a life-changing space, and I was really glad the energy that the chapel community and the Board of Stewards created was still present when we offered online chapel. It was extremely important to continue chapel, even if it was online, because I wanted the Lord to continue working in people’s lives.”

Each spring semester, the Board of Stewards donates the weekly collections to West End Ministries. During this semester’s online offerings, the Board of Stewards raised $6,000. An anonymous donor was moved by the Board of Stewards’ efforts and matched their funds raised with a $6,000 donation.


HPU Students Win $25,000 in Scholarship Funds at CIL Design Competition

Eight students in High Point University’s School of Art and Design recently won $25,000 in scholarship funds in the university’s virtual Creative Innovation Lab Design Competition. This was the first year of the competition. HPU’s Creative Innovation Lab, located inside the Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, and newly formed competition were made possible through a gift from an anonymous donor.

The inaugural competition, which was held online due to the national pandemic, challenged students in a collaborative design-art studio course to design an object that was both art and light.

The students recorded presentations about their light fixture designs and submitted them to the panel of judges, who scored the submissions based on a list of criteria. Funds were then divided amongst the finalists based on where they placed in the competition. Sponsors of the event included Phillips Collection and International Society of Furniture Designers.


HPU Donates $251,700 for the United Way Campaign

High Point University continues to support its surrounding community by raising $251,700 for the United Way of Greater High Point’s campaign.

The HPU family contributed $251,700 this year to support the UWGHP and its partnering agencies, a 800% increase since 2005. This represents a financial investment of $2,588,449 in the High Point community since 2005.

“We are experiencing unprecedented times, but that cannot stop us from supporting our community,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “HPU is an anchor institution in our city and we will always lift one another up, no matter the circumstances.”


Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum in High Point to Move Forward Despite COVID-19

The board of directors of the Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum in High Point recently announced that it will proceed with construction of the museum, that could cost as much as $27 million.

Nido Qubein, the president of High Point University, and his wife, Mariana, are the lead donors for the museum.

Though site work started in February, the project had been put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic by the nonprofit board, which is comprised of community volunteers.

“It is prudent this project moves forward at this time,” said Nido Qubein. “It will serve as a beacon of hope for our city and for children to look forward to when we emerge from the pandemic. Further, it ensures the work of downtown revitalization will move faithfully forward.”


HPU Dining Donates Food to High Point Medical Center on National Nurses Day

The High Point University Dining team honored the hard work and dedication of nurses by donating food, coffee and thank-you cards to Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point Medical Center on National Nurses Day, May 6.

The donation was organized by Jeremy Joy, HPU’s catering director, after seeing countless stories of nurses working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He shared the idea with his colleagues on the HPU Dining team, and together, they collectively wrote thank-you cards and donated five fruit trays, five trays of assorted breakfast pastries and 10 gallons of freshly brewed coffee.



Wanek Family Donates Mentoring Sculpture to High Point University

Ron Wanek, chairman of Ashley Furniture, and his wife, Joyce, have generously given a sculpture to High Point University. “Mentoring – Year 2000” depicts Wanek with son, Todd, and grandchildren, Laura Forsythe, Travis Wagner and Cameron Wanek, a graduate of HPU’s Class of 2015.

Wanek is seen mentoring his family in the industry by building a piece of furniture. The sculpture was placed in front of HPU’s Stout School of Education because the focus of the school is to help create mentors.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of the Wanek family,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. “The “Mentoring – Year 2000” sculpture is an exact symbol of how we plant seeds of greatness in our students. The faculty and staff work hard to model HPU’s values and mentor our students to help prepare them for the world as it is going to be.”


HPU's School of Communication Donates Gifts to Local Families

On December 11, High Point University’s Nido R. Qubein School of Communication was full of toys that will help six families in the community.

On the third-floor lobby, the faculty, staff and graduate students brought gifts for each family. The opportunity was organized through the Guilford County Family Justice Center and Family Services of Davidson County.

“We’ve been so blessed here at High Point University, and it’s our responsibility as members of the local community to help brighten the holidays for our neighbors,” said Dr. Matt Ritter, assistant professor of strategic communication. “For eight years, we’ve joined together as faculty and staff to support this mission. It’s a small gesture, but one we know means a lot.” 


HPU Students Donate 750 Stockings To The Salvation Army

Today, High Point University students gathered to pack 750 stockings for children in the local community in support of the Salvation Army’s annual Stuff a Stocking Campaign. 

“I am honored to work with service organizations like the Salvation Army to bridge the gap between HPU and the community,” said Tucker Wilson, HPU junior and Student Government Association service chair. “At the end of the day, my job is to help people, and whether it is stuffing stockings or volunteering at a food drive, I realize the impact we are making in the lives of those on the receiving end.”


HPU Students Raise More Than $17,500 For The Angel Tree Program


High Point University students acted as Santa’s helpers by purchasing more than $17,500 in toys for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program.

HPU’s Board of Stewards organized several shopping events to purchase toys, clothes and necessities for 175 children from 77 families in the High Point community.

“Each gift represents a smile on the face of a child in need, and that is worth more than all the time and money in the world,” said Christine Watt, HPU’s Angel Tree project leader and president of HPU’s Board of Stewards. “It’s exciting to have such a dedicated group of students working hard to make Christmas happen for our neighbors throughout High Point.” 


HPU Students Built More Than Two Dozen Beds For Veterans


High Point University students spent their day on Sunday, Nov. 17, hosting the annual “Build for the Brave” event through the nonprofit Bed Brigade, founded by HPU student and senior, Kaylor Ramey.

 The Bed Brigade built 25 beds for veterans this year. The beds and blankets were donated to Patriot Villas, a facility that provides shelter and services for homeless veterans in the Charleston, South Carolina, area.

“We are helping a brave group of individuals who gave a huge sacrifice for us,” said HPU sophomore, Sophie Carter. “Because of them, we can continue to live in a country where we have freedom. They have done so much for us, so the least we can do is build a bed where they can rest.”


NASA Awards Research Grant to HPU Astrophysics Professor

High Point University’s Dr. Brad Barlow, associate professor of astrophysics and director of the Culp Planetarium, was recently awarded a research grant by NASA.


Using data gathered during a research trip with HPU students to the Andes Mountains in Chile, Barlow submitted a proposal to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Guest Investigator Program to observe new variable stars, which play a crucial role in understanding the universe. NASA not only accepted Barlow’s proposal, but offered $29,999 in funding to support his research over the next two years, which will include HPU students.


Engel Family Gives HPU a Seven-Figure Gift

The family of a High Point University graduate has committed a seven-figure planned gift to support their son’s alma mater.

Robert B. “Bob” and Lynda L. Engel, of Naples, Florida, have previously contributed to HPU to support the construction of Cottrell Hall. Tyler Engel, the Engel’s son, is a member of HPU’s Class of 2016.

“We could not accomplish what we do at HPU without the generous support from our families like the Engel’s,” says HPU President Nido Qubein.


HPU Honors The Culp Family During Planetarium Ceremony


High Point University honored dedicated philanthropist, community leader and benefactor Susan Culp, her late husband Rob and her family at a special ceremony inside the Culp Planetarium. 

In 2017, Rob and Susan Culp and their family gifted HPU $1 million to support the planetarium that is housed inside the Wanek School of Natural Sciences.


HPU Honors David R. Hayworth During Chapel Ceremony


High Point University honored dedicated philanthropist, community leader and benefactor David R. Hayworth in a special ceremony at the newly renovated Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel. 

In March, Hayworth, a longtime friend and supporter of HPU and a resident of High Point, made a gift through two family foundations for the renovation and restoration of the Chapel.

“David Hayworth’s support of HPU’s transformational growth is very much appreciated,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. 


HPU Dedicates the Mahler Promenade to the Family


High Point University dedicated the newly built Mahler Promenade to the family for which it is named.

Last fall, Peter and Mary Mahler, a long-time HPU family, made a generous seven-figure gift along with their daughter Punkin Parker, her husband, Alan, and son Alan A., as well as their daughter Janet Fisher and her husband, Wayne, for the Mahler Promenade.


Brady Family Supports HPU and Establishes Scholarship


High Point University’s continued growth was enhanced recently by Don and Mary Gay Brady of Greensboro, North Carolina. 

The Brady’s have given a generous gift to establish the Don and Mary Gay Brady Endowed Scholarship.

“We are most grateful for the support of our families like the Brady’s who value HPU’s God, family and country focus and give generously to provide scholarship aid for our outstanding students,” says HPU President Nido Qubein.




Hernandez Family Supports HPU and Establishes Scholarship

High Point University’s continued growth was enhanced recently by Nick and Anna Hernandez of Houston, Texas.

The Hernandez family gave a generous gift to establish the Hernandez Family Endowed Scholarship in honor of their son, Jack.

The scholarship will be given to a recipient graduating from a high school in Texas with first preference given to those of Hispanic origin.


Fidler Family Supports HPU and Establishes Scholarship


High Point University’s continued growth was enhanced recently by Bill and Peggy Fidler of Henderson, Kentucky.

The Fidler’s have given a generous gift to establish the William A. Fidler Endowed Scholarship. 

“We are most grateful for the support of the Fidler’s who value HPU’s God, family and country focus and give generously to provide scholarship aid for our outstanding students,” says HPU President Nido Qubein.

Recipients will be selected based on financial need, with preference given to a student studying in the Earl N. Phillips School of Business or the Wanek School of Natural Sciences.



Lemmo Family Establishes Scholarship


High Point University’s continued growth was enhanced recently by Paul and Elizabeth Lemmo of Moorestown, New Jersey.

“We are most grateful for the support of our families such as the Lemmo’s who value HPU’s God, family and country focus and give generously to provide scholarship aid for our outstanding students,” says HPU President Nido Qubein.

The Lemmo family recently gave a generous gift to establish the Paul and Elizabeth A. Lemmo Endowed Scholarship.


Cook-Boyle Family Supports HPU and Establishes Scholarship

High Point University’s continued growth was enhanced recently by Cher Cook-Boyle and her son, Matt Boyle of Bel Air, Maryland.

The Cook-Boyle family gave a generous gift to establish the Cook-Boyle Family Endowed Scholarship.

“We are most grateful for the support of our families such as the Cook-Boyle’s who value HPU’s God, family and country focus and give generously to provide scholarship aid for our outstanding students,” says HPU President Nido Qubein.


Valentine Family Supports HPU and Establishes Scholarship

High Point University’s continued growth was enhanced recently by Julie and Kevin Valentine of Bernardsville, New Jersey. 

The Valentine family has given a generous gift to support the HPU Fund for Extraordinary Education and establish the Valentine Family Endowed Scholarship.




Alumnus Jerry Murdock Commits $1,250,000 for Endowed Scholarship at HPU

Alumnus Jerry Murdock and his wife, Joan, of Fountain Inn, South Carolina, have committed $1,250,000 to High Point University for the Jerry W. and Joan S. Murdock Endowed Scholarship, which will support students who have financial need. 

Jerry Murdock grew up in an orphanage and now is the CEO of IPS Packaging in Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from High Point College in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He attended HPU on a full scholarship and decided then that he would someday give $1 million to the university.


Grohowski Family Establishes Scholarship for HPU Business Students


Leo and Nancy Grohowski, of Far Hills, New Jersey, have established a scholarship for students studying business at High Point University. 

The $100,000 gift supports the Grohowski Family Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is available to undergraduate students in HPU’s Phillips School of Business majoring or minoring in finance or economics. It is awarded based on financial need and is renewable upon successful completion of the previous year's work.



Netflix Co-Founder Establishes HPU Scholarship


Netflix Co-Founder Marc Randolph, who serves asHigh Point University’s Entrepreneur in Residence, has established two full-tuition scholarships. The scholarships were presented on March 19 to two Philadelphia students. 

The scholarship recipients are Jardai Sharper and Iyinoluwa Afolayan Ogunyinka, both of whom attend Roxborough High School in Philadelphia.

In addition to tuition, the scholarships also cover room and board, as well as books. The scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic potential and financial need.


Hayworth Gift Supports Renovations to HPU’s Chapel


David Hayworth, a longtime friend and supporter of High Point University, has donated $500,000 through two family foundations for the renovation of the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel on campus. 

The chapel will receive a full remodeling with upgrades and enhancements to flooring, seating, painting, lighting and audio-visual improvements. The work will begin in May and is expected to be completed in September.



HPU to Rename Infinity Garden After Donor’s Late Wife

High Point University received a gift from the Minor family of the city of High Point and will rename the Infinity Garden outside of Roberts Hall in memory of Louise D. Minor, Bill Minor’s late wife. Louise Minor loved flowers, shrubs and gardens and had a gift for cultivation, floriculture and landscaping.

Bill Minor also established the Louise D. and Bill L. Minor Endowed Scholarship fund and has given to the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the HPU  Fund for Extraordinary Education and the Panther Club, in which Bill Minor has been a member of since 1976.


Culp Family Establishes Endowed Scholarship at HPU


Dr. Harry “Frosty” and Catharine Wilson Culp, longtime residents of High Point and members of the High Point University family, have generously established a scholarship. 

The Harry R. and Catharine W. Culp Endowed Scholarship will be given to students pursuing a career in the field of medicine, with a focus on underserved populations.



HPU Raises $245,000 for the United Way Campaign

High Point University Panther fans came out to cheer on the men’s basketball team on Jan. 9 and received an extra surprise. 

HPU President Nido Qubein presented a $245,000 check to the United Way of Greater High Point. The HPU family raised those funds in 2018 to support the UWGHP and its partnering agencies – a 775 percent increase since 2005. This represents a financial investment of $2,334,249 in the High Point community.


Lazarus Family Makes Donation Supporting HPU

Barry and Marla Lazarus of Weston, Florida, have made a $250,000 commitment to High Point University and the new Caine Conservatory. The 15,000-square-foot facility is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in winter 2019.


HPU Students Raise More than $14,000 for the Angel Tree Program


High Point Universitystudents acted as Santa’s little helpers on Dec. 7 when they purchased toys for children in need this Christmas season. 

HPU students raised more than $14,000 for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program and shopped for toys, clothes and necessities for local families. HPU’s Hayworth Chapel Board of Stewards purchased gifts for 150 children from 70 families in the High Point community.


HPU Alumna Establishes Endowment for Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic


Emily Millis-Hiatt, a resident of High Point and alumna of High Point University, has established an endowment for HPU’s Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic.

The $250,000 gift created the Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic Support Endowment, which will support salary, benefits and professional development for physical therapists in the clinic.



Norelli Family Generously Donates $1 Million to HPU’s Study Abroad Programs

A High Point University family has generously made a $1 million endowment to sustain the study abroad programs at HPU. 

Joe and Judy Norelli’s daughter, Lea, graduated from HPU in spring 2018. The Norellis wanted to give back to HPU after Lea’s impactful study abroad experience in Australia. The family’s gift will continue to support the study abroad opportunities for HPU students and Cottrell Hall’s Global Education Suite will be named the Norelli Global Education Suite.


HPU Receives Donation from the Mahler Family

A long-time High Point family has generously made a seven-figure gift, bringing their lifetime giving to the university to more than $2 million.

Peter Mahler, founder of Triad-based PAM Trading Corporation, and his wife, Mary, made the gift along with their daughter Punkin Parker, her husband, Alan, and son Alan A., as well as their daughter Janet Fisher and her husband, Wayne. The gift recognizes the university’s impact on the city of High Point.

 The Mahlers started PAM Trading Co. in 1983 as a textile business, but have since added injection molding. Peter has also engineered several pieces of hosiery equipment and has U.S. patents as well as foreign patents. The Mahlers’ daughters and husbands, as well as their grandson, now run the family business.

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Dawn And Norm Miller Family Generously Donate $2 Million to HPU

Dawn and Norm Miller, from The Woodlands, Texas, are making a philanthropic investment at High Point University after their daughter’s meaningful experience as a student.

Norm Miller, CEO and Chairman of Conn’s, Inc., and wife, Dawn, have generously contributed $2 million to support HPU. 





HPU Alumna Raises $500,000 For Cancer Research

Brittany Vose, ’17, once wore a Greek-lettered T-shirt and backpack filled with books as she hurried across High Point University’s campus to class. She blended in, like most students, on a college campus.

On paper, she was a star: a Dean’s List student at High Point University, double major in psychology and SpanishBonner Leader and philanthropy chair for her Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.

But inside, there’s more. She holds an accomplishment most have never achieved – she’s raised almost half a million dollars for pancreatic cancer research. And she’s built some incredible partnerships to help make that happen.

On June 24 during the PGA Traveler’s Championship in her hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut, Vose expects to hit the $500,000 in funds raised during the Cure Pancreatic Cancer Walk she began organizing when she was just 13 years old. This year marks the ninth consecutive year she’s organized the walk.

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Broyhill Family Establishes Scholarship for HPU Design Students

The Broyhill Family Foundation of Lenoir, led by Chairman Paul Broyhill, has established a scholarship at High Point University for students in the School of Art and Design. The $135,000 gift supports the Broyhill Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship, originally established in 2016, making it one of the university’s largest endowed scholarships to date.

The scholarship, awarded to students pursuing both a major within the School of Art and Design and a minor in the Phillips School of Business, was created to encourage future designers to gain an understanding of basic business principles and management.

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HPU Receives $600,000 From Triad Alumni Couple

Local business owners and High Point University alumni David and Amy Smith are investing $600,000 into HPU’s continuous growth.

David and Amy graduated from High Point College in 1981 and 1984, respectively. The Smiths’ daughter, Ansley, graduated from High Point University in 2013, and their son, Charles, in 2015. David is owner and president of High Point-based Smith & Jennings, Inc., where both Ansley and Charles are involved in operating the business as well.

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Daimler Trucks North America Donates to HPU's Congdon School of Health Sciences

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), parent company of High Point’s Thomas Built Buses, is supporting High Point University’s Congdon Hall and Congdon School of Health Sciences with a $1 million donation.

“This building and all programs in it represent an improvement in the quality of life for the people of High Point, throughout the state of North Carolina, throughout the country and even globally,” says Dr. Daniel Erb, dean of the Congdon School of Health Sciences. “The programs here have already improved the individual and public population of health for many people, and that’s really what this is all about.”

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New Scholarship And Expansion Gifts Totaling $425,000 Support HPU's Continued Growth

Six families are investing a total of $425,000 in High Point University’s mission to educate the hearts and minds of students. These families have established endowed scholarship funds and made gifts that support HPU’s continuous campus transformation.                         



Sapraicone Family Establishes Scholarship

Mike and Eileen Sapraicone of Upper Brookville, New York, have given $100,000 to establish a new High Point University scholarship fund. The Sapraicone Family Endowed Scholarship will support students wishing to attend HPU.

The Sapraicones have previously contributed more than $50,000 in annual scholarships, which have been presented to HPU students.

Eileen Sapraicone is a New York State Family Court Judge. Mike Sapraicone is founder and owner of Squad Security, a global security company. 

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Callicutt Honors Mother With Creation Of HPU Endowed Scholarship In Her Name

When Barbara Callicutt arrived for a luncheon at High Point University, she had no idea the event was for her. In fact, her son, Richard D. Callicutt, a 1980 HPU graduate, helped orchestrate the lunch as a ruse to surprise his mother with a special announcement: With a $300,000 pledge, he established The Barbara Frisbee Callicutt Endowed Scholarship in honor of his mother, a 1965 HPU graduate.

Barbara Callicutt, a Thomasville, North Carolina, native who received her degree in elementary education from HPU, had a distinguished career in the Davidson County School System. She is married to Doug Callicutt and has four children, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Her son, Rick Callicutt, a member of the HPU Board of Trustees, has hopes of supporting future students while honoring his mother.

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Engel Family Invests In HPU

  Pictured from left to right are Bob, Tyler and Lynda Engel.

Bob and Lynda Engel, of Castle Rock, Colorado, made a six-figure gift to support High Point University’s continued growth.

Bob Engel was president and CEO of CoBank, a $128 billion national bank serving vital industries across rural America, before retiring in 2017. Bob and Lynda are involved in the Denver community in both philanthropic and business ventures with a focus on education. Bob is the chairman of the Board of Trustees at Regis University and also serves Niagara University as a trustee.

During his career as a businessman, Bob developed a relationship with HPU President Nido Qubein, and the Engel family came to strongly believe in HPU’s mission and approach to education. 

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HPU Alumni Couple Establishes Scholarship Fund

Charles “Charlie” and Mildred “Millie” Maultsby have established a scholarship with a $50,000 gift to further the success of students.

The Charles V. and Mildred P. Maultsby Endowed Scholarship will support students who demonstrate financial need and can be renewed annually. First preference will be given to students from the Piedmont Triad.

Charlie and Millie first met as children at the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh. They grew up in the home and became teenage sweethearts. Both went on to attend High Point College with the support of scholarships. 

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HPU Family Establishes Veterans Awareness Endowment

A High Point University family hopes to perpetuate their values of patriotism and service to the country by establishing The Sheriff Family Veterans Awareness Endowment, a $250,000 gift that will support the annual Veterans Day Celebration at HPU.

Established by Alan and Karen Sheriff, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, the gift will provide resources to support HPU’s Veterans Day Celebration, which has grown to more than 1,200 attendees each year, as well as other patriotic activities on campus and in the community.

The Sheriffs were greatly inspired by the HPU Veterans Day Celebrations and hold military service close to their hearts. Their son, HPU sophomore Daniel J. Sheriff, serves in the United States Marine Corps; another of the Sheriffs’ four sons is a veteran of the USMC.

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Culp Family Gives $1 Million To HPU

The gift will support the future Culp Planetarium on HPU’s campus.

High Point University received a $1 million philanthropic gift from Rob and Susan Culp and their family for the future planetarium on the High Point University campus. 

Rob serves as executive chairman of Culp, Inc. and treasurer of the HPU Board of Trustees, while his wife, Susan, serves on the Board of Visitors at HPU and is also a member of the Board of Directors at UNC Health Care. 

Rob and Susan say they feel privileged to support this effort.

“High Point University instills hard work, personal initiative and perseverance in their students,” says Rob Culp. “Several High Point University graduates are valued employees at Culp, and we are proud to have a thriving university anchor our city.” 

Their family embodies the same entrepreneurial spirit embraced on the High Point University campus. 

“The Culp family grew their business from the ground up, and they took risk to find success,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University President. “Their family is important to our city, and their values align with High Point University. We appreciate the exemplary leadership they model for our students.”


Local HPU Alumna Gives Gift To Support Education

The Martha Luck Comer Learning Commons was named
in her honor during a dedication ceremony on Oct. 5.

A High Point University alumna has made a substantial gift in support of education at her alma mater.

Martha Luck Comer Johnson, who graduated in 1954, received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and had an impactful teaching career with Moore and Randolph County Schools. She is a lifelong resident and community leader in Randolph County.

“I have admired the way High Point University has transformed itself into a state-of-the-art institution over the last decade, even in the midst of an economic recession,” Johnson says. “I am proud that the university where I was prepared for life as an educator continues to produce graduates eager to make an impact in the lives of others.”

To honor the positive impact she’s had on campus and in the Triad, HPU officially named the Martha Luck Comer Learning Commons during a ceremony on Oct. 5. The Martha Luck Comer Learning Commons is a library located in the heart of campus inside the Wanek Center. It provides students with large study spaces, individual desks for quiet study, computers, printers and a collection of reference material.


David and Christy Cottrell Make A Major Gift To Name Amphitheater

David and Christine Cottrell, parents of a High Point University graduate, have now contributed $5.5 million with their most recent commitment of $1.5 million to support an outdoor amphitheater.

The amphitheater seats 1,000 people and hosts several annual events, including major community events such as the Arbor Day Celebration, the High Point Arts Council Concert and performances by the North Carolina Brass Band.

It’s located behind Cottrell Hall, which the family supported with a $4 million lead gift when the facility opened in 2015. Cottrell Hall cost $26 million and was funded entirely by gifts from parents of current students from eight different states. Cottrell Hall houses all of the university’s experiential learning components under one roof, including Career and Professional Development, Internship Services, Undergraduate Research and Creative Works, the Freshman Success Program, the Sales Center, the Entrepreneurship Center and more.


Don and Teresa Caine Make A Major Gift To HPU For New Conservatory

Don and Teresa Caine, owners of Greensboro-based Camco Manufacturing, have generously given a major gift in support of a new Conservatory at High Point University. It will be located near a new undergraduate sciences facility that’s part of a major expansion.

The conservatory will provide space for students and faculty to conduct botanical research and propagate plants for the Mariana H. Qubein Arboretum and Gardens. A classroom, working greenhouse, new eatery and planting display space for the community at large will be housed in the facility.

Don Caine graduated from HPU in 1965. A year later, he and Teresa began Camco Manufacturing with one product. Today, Camco has more than 1,200 employees, 3,000 products and multiple manufacturing facilities in the United States and around the world. Camco has also been named to the North Carolina Top 100 by Business North Carolina for six consecutive years.


Bob And Maggie Stout Donate $5 Million To HPU

Robert “Bob” and Maggie Stout of Greensboro are supporting High Point University’s School of Education with a multi-million dollar gift. The Stouts, longtime business, civic and city leaders in the Piedmont Triad, have donated $5 million to HPU.

Bob Stout is a lifetime High Point University Board of Trustee who retired from Steel Bar Corp. in Greensboro. He served as chairman for Goodwill Industries, the Greater Greensboro Open (now the Wyndham Championship on the PGA Tour) and a number of other groups in the Triad. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he played football, and served in the U.S. Air Force. Maggie Stout grew up in Kernersville and worked as a medical secretary. Her mother was a first grade teacher at Forsyth Country Day School.

The Stouts have a strong history of supporting HPU and have previously established a scholarship for business. They are also strong supporters of several nonprofit organizations, including the United Way of Greater Greensboro. They are members of Sedgefield Presbyterian Church.

“Bob and Maggie’s stewardship exemplifies the caring spirit that we model on our campus,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “The impact of this gift will benefit not only our future teachers, but the lives of students in their classrooms.”

In recognition of the family’s commitment to their community, HPU will name the School of Education in their honor.


HPU Reaches $300 Million In Giving With New Gift From Coach Tubby Smith And Donna Smith

High Point University has reached a milestone in fundraising over the last decade.

HPU has now received more than $300 million in gifts since 2005 thanks the generosity of parents, alumni and advocates who gave several million in 2016, as well as a new gift from one of the university’s most recognized alumni couples.

University of Memphis head men’s basketball coach Orlando “Tubby” Smith and his wife, Donna Smith, are donating $1 million to support HPU’s new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center. The arena will become the home of HPU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, and the basketball court will be named in honor of the Smiths.

The Qubein Arena and Conference Center will also serve as a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment and other large gatherings and recreational activities. It will seat 4,500 spectators and include suites, locker rooms, staff offices, concession stands, a merchandising area, media suite, film room, press conference room, weight room, athletic training room, hospitality area, high tech audio and video equipment, ticket office and practice gym.


HPU Receives $1 Million From BNC Bank

High Point University is receiving a generous $1 million

gift from BNC Bank to support Congdon Hall, which will house the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and the Congdon School of Health Sciences.

BNC is headquartered in High Point and was founded in 1991 by a group of dedicated local leaders. Today, BNC boasts $7.5 billion in assets, and is one of the most profitable and fastest-growing banks in the Southeast with branches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Rick Callicutt, a 1980 HPU graduate and High Point native, is the president and CEO of both BNC and its parent company, BNC Bancorp. He received his business administration degree from HPU and began his banking career four days after he graduated.


$10 Million Gift To Fund HPU's New Undergraduate Sciences Building

High Point University has received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor that will support a new undergraduate sciences school and building. Construction on the facility will begin in summer 2017.

At $60 million, the undergraduate sciences facility will accommodate growth in majors including biology, chemistry and physics. A dean will be hired to facilitate the expanding sciences held within the new school. The building will also house a state-of-the-art planetarium and will include an adjoining conservatory. These programs complement HPU’s new graduate programs in physician assistant studies, pharmacy and physical therapy.



HPU Receives $3 Million From Triad Entrepreneurs

A couple with roots in High Point is generously giving $3 million to High Point University.

David Couch, CEO of The Blue Ridge Companies Inc., and his wife Stephanie Quayle, an accomplished singer and songwriter, made the gift to HPU in recognition of the university’s leadership and positive impact in the city of High Point.

Couch worked closely with project development teams at The Blue Ridge Companies Inc., based in High Point, to develop an extensive portfolio of commercial and multi-family properties. Prior to forming Blue Ridge, Couch was co-owner of a commercial real estate brokerage firm in High Point.



High Point Family Invests In HPU

High Point University has received a major gift from Dr. Michael and Susan Samuel. The Samuels are longtime residents of High Point who believe the success of HPU contributes to the success of their community.

Dr. Samuel, a native of High Point, established a successful dental practice in High Point in 1966 and just completed 50 years serving the community. The practice is owned and operated today by one of his sons. He also serves on the university’s Board of Visitors. Susan Samuel led an accomplished business career and now serves as a community volunteer and advocate. She is a past president of the Junior League and serves on the Open Door Ministries of High Point Advisory Board. Both have served in leadership positions in their church, Wesley Memorial United Methodist. The Samuels have two sons and four grandchildren living in the Triad.



Reed Family Creates Endowed Scholarship at HPU

A High Point University family is endowing a scholarship fund to give future students the opportunity to receive a college education.

Harold and Kate Reed of North Palm Beach, Florida, are donating $500,000 to establish the scholarship fund. The Reeds have a long history of involvement in education that dates back generations. They also have a student at HPU.



Webb Family Gives Generously To HPU

Mark and Jerri Webb have contributed a major gift to High Point University in honor of Mark’s late father, Lewis Andrew Webb, mother Janice Webb, and their entire family.

Mark is a 1983 alumnus and native of High Point. He owns and operates Interstate Foam and Supply, Inc. in Conover, N.C., where the company employees more than 300 associates. IFS was founded by Lewis in 1981, with Mark joining in 1984, and has since grown to become a major fabricator and distributor of quality seating and polyurethane foam components.

Mark and Jerri live in Charlotte with their son, Connor. Their contribution underscores the importance of alumni giving as graduates from across the decades continue to make philanthropic investments in HPU and visit campus frequently.


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