Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Victor Gray Memorial Scholarship Continues to Grow

The Victor Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Union Institute & University (UI&U) President Roger H. Sublett in April 2010, to honor of the life and service of Victor Gray, colleague, friend, and mentor, who passed away on March 15, 2010. As both an admissions counselor and outreach coordinator for UI&U, Victor’s warmth and compassion toward his colleagues was easily matched by his genuine dedication and service to his community and Union’s students. His belief that education deeply impacts every individual, and the impression he made upon the lives of UI&U students – and his fellow workers – continues to be an inspiration, even now when we only have his memory.

Today, we’re pleased to announce that donations continued well after the initial campaign last year. As many in the community may know, Victor sat on the board of the Reds Community Fund, a philanthropic arm of the Cincinnati Reds that provides outreach and support to the local community, particularly to struggling youth. In memory of Victor’s service, the Reds Community Fund and the Castellini Foundation each contributed a generous $1,500 to the fund, matching the donations from staff, faculty, and friends. As of today, the university has raised a total of $6,463.83 for the Victor Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund in support of enrollment at the Cincinnati undergraduate center.

We are proud to say that efforts are ongoing to grow Victor’s scholarship fund. The UI&U Activities Committee, which contributed $500 last year, has made the fund the beneficiary of many staff and faculty fundraisers and contests throughout the current year. The university will continue to seek external community support, as well, to sustain the fund and to increase the number of scholarships possible.

To make a donation to the Victor Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Sara Litwiller at or simply use the secure Online Gift Form. The university hopes to offer this award annually, but will need the support of our community to make this possible.

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