Meredith Receives Bequest of More than $1.7 Million

Meredith College has received an estate gift worth more than $1.7 million from alumna Joyce Causey, ’55. The bequest is one of the largest gifts from an individual donor in Meredith’s history. A portion of the bequest will be used to fully endow an Alumnae Legacy Scholarship at Meredith College. This prestigious scholarship is the highest honor available to an entering freshman, with a total estimated value to the student of $135,000 over her college career.

The bequest will also be used to support the College’s new athletic field and track complex, which opened in the fall of 2009.

“This gift from Joyce Causey allows us to address two of our highest priorities, financial assistance and recruitment of the very brightest students, and supporting the athletic complex, which is a resource both in and out of the classroom,” said Meredith College President Maureen Hartford.

Hartford said the athletic complex is a resource for physical education classes, allows Meredith to field a winning soccer program, and is used by the broader community.

“Both parts of this gift are making Meredith more accessible to young women,” Hartford said.

A native of Tarboro, Causey earned a degree in sociology at Meredith. She served as the president of the Class of 1955, and continued to be very involved with Meredith College. She was an officer in the Meredith College Alumnae Association. Her career included working for the Social Security Administration, and later as a realtor.

“She was a business woman with an entrepreneurial spirit that made her a role model for future Meredith women,” Hartford said.

Date Submitted: 2010-05-25

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