The creation of an endowed military scholarship at the Darden School of Business was announced this morning at First Coffee.
Bob Hugin (MBA’85), generously endowed the Col. James L. Fowler USMC Scholarship to honor his inspirational mentor from the Darden Class of 1960.
“Darden has greatly enhanced the quality of my life. To provide an opportunity for someone else who has served in the military to come to Darden is an honor,” Hugin told the students, faculty, staff, and special guests, gathered in the PepsiCo Forum. “In doing so, I want to recognize and honor my friend and mentor, a Marine, platoon leader, a Darden alumnus, and a great American.”
Hugin then introduced Fowler to the audience. The group took an immediate liking to the retired colonel and his wife, Betsy.
“I’m greatly honored by this, and I want to thank this fine Marine to my right,” Fowler said. “Darden has a great heritage and I’m proud to be a part of it. I feel very privileged to be here.”
Darden received a commitment of over $1 million from Hugin to fund the scholarship. The award will provide financial support to a student with military experience. Preference will be given to a member or veteran of the Marines Corps or the Marine Corps Reserves. The recipient will receive full tuition plus a $5,000 per year stipend.
The day began with a breakfast as the special guests met with students from the Darden Military Association (DMA). Among those in attendance were John Strangfeld ’77, member of the Darden Board of Trustees, and his wife Mary Kay. The Strangfelds have been among the strongest supporters of the Darden Military Initiative.
A video of the First Coffee announcement will be available on Darden’s YouTube channel soon http://www.youtube.com/user/DardenMBA Audio coverage will be available on Podcasts @ Darden http://www.darden.virginia.edu/podcasts/index.asp.
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