RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATE:
Big change is coming to Radford University following a major announcement made on Friday and the creation of dozens of new scholarships.
Radford alumna Nancy Artis and her husband, Pat Artis, a Virginia Tech graduate, created 67 scholarships for the College of Science and Technology. The school says the donation is the largest any one person or alumnus has ever given.
"Based on the fact that both of us received scholarships so that we could attend college, we want to give back to those kinds of students too and we want to make sure that they have the same opportunity that we did," Nancy Artis, who donated $5 million to Radford University, said.
These $3,000 per year scholarships will be helpful considering the record number of applications Radford has been seeing this year.
"It provides an opportunity to be able to be able to compete with other universities in the Commonwealth and provide scholarships for students that really need them, and some that may be merit based," Radford University President Brian Hemphill said.
"For somebody to succeed, they have to get an at bat, and we hope the scholarships that this provides will give more people the opportunity to take a swing at the success of life," said Pat Artis, who donated $5 million to Radford University.
The Artis family has donated scholarships before, and those students are already showing success.
"Their scholarship has allowed me to not have to work this semester and focus on all my studies and my projects, and [I'm] looking forward to straight A's again this semester," Dewey Milton, a senior computer science major, said.
The College of Science and Technology can also provide strong graduates to a workforce that needs support in Virginia.
"We have a responsibility as a university to produce graduates that can come in and make a difference right away, and so this is important for us and it will be transformative for this college," Hemphill said.
To honor the donation, Radford renamed it. It's now the Artis College of Science and Technology.
"I am so glad that our family name will be associated with this university and this College of Science and Technology," Pat Artis said.
"We're going to consider, since we didn't have children of our own that every college graduate that benefits from our scholarships is one of ours," Nancy Artis said.
The scholarships will be given to students over the next five years starting this fall.
Radford University is celebrating a historic donation.
Nancy E. Artis and H. Pat Artis, Ph.D., will contribute $5 million to Radford University to create the Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship fund will give $3,000 to 67 Artis Scholars each year. The university also named the Artis College of Science and Technology in their honor.
The university says this is the largest individual donation by an alumna to Radford University.
See the full release from Radford University here:
Radford University celebrates historic donation
Names the Artis College of Science and Technology
Friday, April 28, 2017 was a historic day for Radford University and future generations of student-scientists thanks to the generosity of two of the University’s most dedicated supporters. Radford University announced today that alumna Nancy E. Artis ’73 and H. Pat Artis, Ph.D., will contribute $5 million to Radford University to create the Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund.
To date, this $5 million gift is the largest individual donation by an alumnus to Radford University. In appreciation, the University named the Artis College of Science and Technology in their honor. The college’s new name was announced and unveiled during an afternoon ceremony today on the lawn of Reed Hall.
Once fully implemented, the Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide a $3,000 award to 67 Artis Scholars each year in perpetuity. Scholarship recipients will be high-achieving incoming freshmen and transfer students studying in the Artis College of Science and Technology.
“As first-generation college graduates, Pat and I understand the value of education. We are pleased that our donation will enable current and future generations of students to access Radford University,” said Nancy E. Artis.
“Education is the single greatest investment that anyone can make in their life. We are honored to invest in the Artis College of Science and Technology that will further the education of many students to come,” said H. Pat Artis.
Nancy Artis is a biology graduate of Radford University. She has served on the University’s Board of Visitors (2006-2013), and currently serves as a member of the Artis College of Science and Technology Alumni Advisory Council and as vice president of the Radford University Foundation Board of Directors.
She and her husband Pat Artis own Performance Associates, Inc. in Pagosa Springs, Colo., an information technology company that provides products to assist licensed users in their storage acquisition activities. The company also provides educational seminars to explain the complex technologies that are employed in today’s storage subsystems.
The Artises have been supporters of Radford University since 1987 and have contributed to many initiatives across the University including in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Radford University Athletics, College of Business and Economics and the Artis College of Science and Technology.
“For many years, the Artis family has served as true champions and strong supporters of Radford University, thereby creating countless opportunities for students and enhancing the environment in which they learn. The outstanding leadership and selfless contributions of the Artis family has forever made a mark on the Radford family,” said President Hemphill.