Ever True: PVM Alumni and Friends Demonstrate Support and Loyalty

Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University” is an invitation to the Purdue family to join together, through private giving and personal involvement, to boldly advance the University as a national and global leader that continues to move the world forward.  The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s goal as part of the campaign is $40 million.  Thanks to the generosity of the College’s alumni and friends, a total of $28.2 million, or 70 percent of the goal, has been raised to date.  The campaign spans the period of July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2019, concluding in the University’s 150th anniversary year.  With a total campaign goal of $2.019 billion, Ever True is the largest fundraising effort in Purdue history.

Central to the campaign is increased funding for student scholarships, which addresses the top campaign priority to “Place Students First.”  That’s an emphasis that resonates with Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed and his wife, Dorothy, assistant dean for engagement in Purdue’s College of Education.  Together, they have established two endowed scholarship funds.  “We encounter so many students who have dreams and aspirations, and we don’t believe money should be an obstacle to fulfilling them,” Dean Reed said. “We had dreams too, and we are happy to do our part. And we like to see people achieving their dreams.”

In 2012, the Reeds created the Willie and Dorothy Reed Student Leadership Scholarship by leveraging Purdue’s “Indiana Challenge Match,” which helped donors meet the $25,000 minimum necessary to establish a scholarship endowment by matching a cash gift of $12,500.  “I know personally how rewarding it can be to give such a gift,” Dean Reed commented. “Dorothy and I accepted that challenge and made our own contribution to create a new veterinary student scholarship endowment.”

Alyssa Haithcox
DVM Class of 2017

That endowment came to fruition in the past year, and the first Reed Student Leadership Scholarship was awarded to senior veterinary student Alyssa Haithcox. A native of Osceola, Ind., Alyssa plans to go into mixed animal practice after graduation next May.  “I appreciate the generosity of Dean Reed and Dr. Dorothy Reed,” Alyssa said. “They have given me the opportunity to have one less worry by providing me with this scholarship. Being a scholarship recipient is that much more special when you consider the donors to be role models and mentors.”

Early in 2016, the Reeds seized a new opportunity to support underrepresented minorities: the Targeted Scholarship Match Opportunity established by the Purdue Research Foundation in partnership with the University. The 1:1 matching gift program specifies scholarship support for women and/or underrepresented minorities, with a preference for incoming first-year students. 

Utilizing the matching gift opportunity, the Reeds established the Dorothy and Willie Reed Scholarship Endowment, designating 50 percent of the distributions for African-American undergrads in the College of Education with a preference for first-year students participating in the Students in Education Enhancing Diversity (SEED) Program.  Remaining revenue will be used for scholarships for any underrepresented minority students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Preference will be given to students who are Access to Animal-Related Careers (A2RC) Program scholars.  Coordinated through PVM’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the A2RC program brings pre-veterinary students from around the country to Purdue for two weeks each May to partially experience the life of a first-year DVM student.

Drs. Willie and Dorothy Reed

Drs. Willie and Dorothy Reed

The commitment that Drs. Willie and Dorothy Reed have demonstrated to education, inclusion, equality and opportunity through their establishment of these new scholarships reflects the highest ideals of “Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University,” and mirrors the generosity and support of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine family.  Click here to view the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Donor Honor Roll, which is included in the print version of the 2016 Annual PVM Report.  The Donor Honor Roll recognizes donors who made gifts to the College during the preceding fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2016.

This story is part of the 2016 Annual PVM Report.

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