Donors who establish scholarships through legacy gifts are creating future leaders and innovators. And for that, we are truly thankful.” – Courtney

Courtney Poland and Carol Ellis

Courtney pictured with Carol Ellis at the E.L. White Society Luncheon, February 2018

Courtney Poland ’15, ’18M is one of more than 125 students who has benefitted from the James E.L. Wade Scholarship Endowment created in 1988. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Courtney graduated with a degree in special education in 2015 and after a year teaching, returned to UNCW to continue her education. She received a Master of Public Administration degree in May 2018.

This generous legacy gift provided Courtney with opportunities to complete an eight-month internship, two directed independent studies and a graduate assistantship at the UNCW Disability Resource Center – where she currently works.

The tradition of legacy planning at UNCW began in 1967 when E.L. White, a former local mayor and Wilmington College Board of Trustee, made the first planned gift to the college. Mayor White’s initial gift still exists in the university endowment and supports scholarships at UNCW.

Since that time, 154 other generous benefactors have made provisions for scholarships, professorships, research funds and program support funds at the university.

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