College Receives $3.4 Million Gift From Alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel

Above pictured is Ferrum College Alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel who has recently passed and donated 3.4 Million to the college.

by Ashley Dalton

Former trustee and Ferrum alumna Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel passed away on July 28, 2014. She left a final gift to Ferrum College in her will.

Daniel, who lived in Danville, graduated from Ferrum College in 1943. Her family has generously supported campus building projects, renovations, academic programs, and student scholarships ever since. The Spilman-Daniel House, Grousbeck Hall Music Center, and Roberts Hall all owe part or all of their existence to the family. The Spilman- Daniel House also known is home to campus admissions and the Grosbeck Hall Music Center holds classes mostly for music, theatre, and foreign language. Roberts Hall houses the Boones Honor Program students as well as some offices below.

After completing her Associate of Arts degree at Ferrum, she began a life devoted to service to Christian ministries and education. Daniel became active in the John W. Daniel Retirement Group, Church Women United, served as Hospice Volunteer, member of YWCA, sat on the Board of Directors of Friends of Barnabas Mission Foundation, and volunteered in various church and community activities.

IMG_1916The $3.4 million will be used for both the Daniel Family Endowed Scholarship and W.B. Adams Stadium’s arti cial turf field, dubbed the John W. and Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel Field. “All of the money will be used to bene t the students,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement George Seals. The endowed scholarship, created in 1990, helps to cover tuition costs for deserving students with financial need.

While there were multiple donors funding the John W. and Ethelyne Fulcher Daniel Field, the donor who provides the most funds gets the naming rights. The renovation of the eld has been completed, of earlier this year, so the Panthers are returning to the stadium to play home games.

“She had a great love for Ferrum and wanted to see students do well in their careers,” Seals stated.

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