With Gratitude: Donor Highlights

We are incredibly grateful to all our donors for their support of the College of Humanities and Sciences. In fiscal year 2019, we raised a total of $4,216,737 from 1,256 donors! These gifts will fund a variety of programs and scholarships for students, faculty and staff.

David Baldacci meeting with VCU students
Bestselling novelist and VCU alumnus David Baldacci met with students who have received awards through an experiential learning fund and a political science scholarship he created with his wife, Michelle. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Relations)

Here are just a few highlights from the year:

David and Michelle Baldacci gifted an additional $1 million toward the Baldacci Student Experiential Learning Endowed Fund. This fund provides a pool for academically promising and hardworking students of diverse areas of study and backgrounds to apply for financial support so they can pursue internships, conferences, research, domestic or study abroad, and social entrepreneurship opportunities. The Baldaccis also dedicated $32,000 to the civil rights trail course offered through the Department of Political Science.

Patricia Kirkpatrick committed a $2 million blended gift to support the College of Humanities and Sciences. An immediate gift of $50,000 established the David W. and Patricia T. Kirkpatrick Scholarship, a need-based scholarship for students in good academic standing who are majors in the College of Humanities and Sciences. Awarding preference will be given to students who have an interest in serving or bettering the lives of underrepresented minorities, such as people identifying as African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Latinx or LGBTQIA+, or who have interest in serving or bettering the lives of women. Her $1.95 million planned gift will increase support of the student scholarship, create a fund to train science majors in verbal and written communications, and create a faculty fund to increase the recruitment, retention and advancement of College faculty.

We also received a number of $25,000 gifts to the College. To name a few, thank you to the following donors for their generosity:

Shirley G. Roby established the Roy E. and Irene S. Roby Scholarship for the School of World Studies.

S. Jackson Salasky made a gift to the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.

Lawrence J. Spencer made a planned gift to support the College of Humanities and Sciences.

Robert O. Waldbauer increased support of the Department of Chemistry.

Marcus and Carole Weinstein continued support of the Carole M. Weinstein Scholarship Fund for MFA and Creative Writing Programs.


If you’d like to make a gift to the College of Humanities and Sciences, please contact Bethanie Constant, senior director of advancement, at constantb@vcu.edu or (804) 828-4543.