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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.”



Members of the HPU Family Find Ways to Give Back During Global Pandemic

High Point University is supporting firefighters in the city of High Point with 500 ponchos to boost their personal protection equipment stock through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The High Point Fire Department is greatly appreciative of this donation by High Point University,” said Deputy Chief Tim Wright with the HPFD. “Gowns are currently one of the most sought after and hard to obtain pieces of personal protective equipment in this environment. The fire department was approaching low levels of stock, and this donation of ponchos will not only serve to protect our women and men, but will also take our worry away and carry us forward to serve the citizens of High Point.”



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

TheHigh 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.




HPU Dining Donates Food to the High Point Housing Authority

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the High Point University family is finding ways to support its surrounding community.

The HPU Dining team contributed 500 pounds of food to the Housing Authority of the city of High Point. The donation is enough to feed 300 people in the community.

“With the generous donation provided by High Point University and Harvest Table, the Housing Authority of the City of High Point was able to provide elderly and disabled residents with limited mobility and support systems food that will last them for several weeks,” said Angela McGill, CEO of the Housing Authority of the city of High Point. “The gratitude was evident with the smiles on their faces as Housing Authority staff delivered the boxed meals.”




Wanek Family Donates Mentoring Sculpture to HPU

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.”


HPU Student Organization To Help Veterans

 A High Point University organization has teamed up to help veterans get a good night’s sleep by building beds and making blankets. They will be collecting donations such as bed sheets, pillows and blankets, at the event. 

The Bed Brigade will host the “Build for the Brave” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the lower parking lot at the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. The beds and blankets will be donated to Patriot Villas, a facility that provides shelter and services for homeless veterans in the Charleston, South Carolina area. The Bed Brigade has previously met the need in High Point.

“Our organization is very excited to work with the High Point community for something that truly matters,” says Ben Reedy, an HPU student and organizer of this year’s event. “We want the veterans who are impacted by homelessness to know they aren’t alone, and we are more than appreciative for what they have given. This is one small way we can give back.”


Veteran Nonprofit and HPU Fraternity Teamed Up To Present Track Chair To Wounded Veteran

The brothers of Kappa Alpha Order at High Point University, in partnership with The Independence Fund, a national nonprofit assisting wounded veterans, teamed up to change the life of a U.S. veteran.

“Being able to see Steve here in the chair with his family and know that he got a renewed chance on life is amazing,” said Holden Quinn, junior at HPU and member of Kappa Alpha Order. “We must do all that we can to support those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”


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.


Two HPU Staff Members Receive Kahn Family Extraordinary Staff Award

Two High Point University staff members were awarded $5,000 from the Kenneth F. and Jana S. Kahn Extraordinary Staff Award for their above and beyond service to the university.

Nancy Gordon, assistant vice president for business services, and Jeffrey “J.T.” Thomas, campus security officer, received the honor from Qubein in front of colleagues and their family members. Gordon has been a member of the HPU family for 20 years, and Thomas has been with the university for nearly nine years.

“We have an HPU parent who found out we give awards to faculty, and wanted to share awards with staff,” says HPU President Nido Qubein. “I’m so grateful for the Kahn family who established this endowment for our staff. Nancy and J.T. have deserved this award from the beginning.”



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.  




Schulze Family Honored for their Generous Contribution to HPU


High Point University received a significant gift from Debra Schulze and Eric Bennett to honor their son, Austin Schulze. HPU will honor the family’s generosity by naming the Schulze 

Global Conference Room in Cottrell Hall.

“HPU is tremendously grateful for our families and supporters who share our values and mission,” says HPU President Nido Qubein.









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.


Kahn Family Creates Extraordinary Staff Award at HPU

A High Point University family is making a major gift to create an endowment that will fund an annual award for staff members who go above and beyond in their service to the university. 

Kenneth and Jana Kahn of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, are establishing the Kenneth F. and Jana S. Kahn Extraordinary Staff Award to honor two HPU employees who provide dedicated service to the campus community and live out the university’s mission to provide students with an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.


HPU’s Stout School of Education Is a Recipient of a $4 Million Teacher Quality Grant

High Point University’s Stout School of Education is one of the recipients of a $4 million Teacher Quality Partnership federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The partnership for PREPARE, or Piedmont-Triad Residency Educator Program, includes two other partners, Guilford County Schools and North Carolina A&T State University. The grant is designed to create a residency program to improve the number of quality teachers at highly impacted schools in Guilford County in the areas of Elementary Education STEM and Secondary Mathematics.




HPU Breaks Ground on Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel

More than 2,000 people gathered at High Point University today to celebrate the ground breaking of the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel.

The $120 million project will be home to HPU men’s and women’s Division I basketball teams at HPU, as well as major events and academic conferences. It will also be a learning lab for HPU’s event management major and a proposed hospitality program. The multipurpose facility marks another milestone in the university’s transformational growth, which began in 2005 when HPU President Nido Qubein took the helm.

“The HPU Board of Trustees unanimously voted to honor HPU President Nido Qubein and HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein by naming this facility in their honor,” said Bob Brown, vice chairman of the HPU Board of Trustees, during the ceremony.


HPU Breaks Ground on the Caine Conservatory

High Point University broke ground on the 15,000-square-foot Caine Conservatory today during a special ceremony with community members.

The facility is named after a long-time Triad family, Don and Teresa Caine, who generously gave a major gift in support of the new conservatory.

“The Caine Conservatory is an academic building for the next level of excellence,” said HPU President Nido Qubein. “Don and Teresa have been blessed, and therefore HPU has been blessed. We appreciate those who are truly a part of the HPU community.”


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, 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. 






High Point University will establish the new Webb School of Engineering as the university’s transformational growth plan continues.

The founding dean, Dr. Michael Oudshoorn, has been hired to lead the school, in which students can now enroll and major in computer science with three concentrations within the degree: cyber-security, software and systems, and visual computing. 

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High Point University will welcome more than 1,500 new students, the largest number of new students in university history, as well as 5,200 total students, the university’s largest total enrollment, when classes begin on Aug. 21.

The university is also launching new academic programs and making progress on major construction projects. Updates are provided below.





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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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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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 (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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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.

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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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A High Point University family has endowed a new scholarship to support students.

The Daniel H. Herbert, Sr. Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Christine Yackman, who, along with her daughter, Denise Pittenger, and son, Daniel Yackman, wish to support and encourage students who demonstrate financial need. The scholarship can be renewed for four years.

Christine Yackman is the mother of a current student at HPU and resides in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey.

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

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

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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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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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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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.”



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 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, 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.



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.



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.



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.




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.




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 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.




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.




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.



Through a major gift, Leonard and Kata Pagon have established a new Promising Entrepreneur’s Grant Endowed Fund at High Point University to support students developing business plans, launching companies and seeking funding to move their ideas forward.

The Pagon Fund is designed to provide real-world experience so students can develop their business ideas, increase the probability of success and foster innovation. Through a competitive application process, it also provides undergraduate student entrepreneurs with direct exposure to mentors, investors, and other capital providers.



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