The Greater Good

  • Vanderbilt University

    Bess Parks continues a teaching legacy

    To continue the legacy in education to which Bess Parks owes her own career, she wants to give back to those who need help paying for higher education. Through the establishment of two charitable remainder unitrusts and a retirement plan beneficiary designation, she’s found a way to do that and honor the memory of her mother, also a teacher. Read More

    Nov 7, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    UPDATED: School of Medicine invests in future of health care with Dean’s Scholarship Challenge

    At the beginning of 2022, the School of Medicine launched a $5 million Dean’s Scholarship Challenge to help ensure that tomorrow’s leaders in medicine are educated at Vanderbilt. The success of the early months of the effort has prompted the university to boost the available matching funds by $5 million. Read More

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Divinity School will use $1 million grant to expand access for students pursuing careers in ministry

    Vanderbilt University has received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help Vanderbilt Divinity School establish a project focused on educating pastoral leaders who are exploring alternative pathways in ministry, today and the future. Read More

    Jan 6, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    School of Medicine invests in future of health care with Dean’s Scholarship Challenge

    The School of Medicine has launched a $5 million Dean’s Scholarship Challenge to help ensure that tomorrow’s leaders in medicine are educated at Vanderbilt. Through a combination of donor contributions and a university match, the school hopes to raise a total of $10 million. Read More

    Jan 5, 2022

  • Vanderbilt University

    Elevating Vanderbilt to the Vanguard of Economic Policy Research

    Al Hubbard, BA’69, and his wife, Kathy Hubbard, have made a $2 million gift to endow the Hubbard Family Chair in the Department of Economics at the College of Arts and Science.  Read More

    Dec 14, 2021

  • Mark Wait

    Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair at Blair School of Music renamed in honor of Dean Emeritus Mark Wait

    The Martha Rivers Ingram Dean’s Chair, endowed in 2005 to support the position of the dean at the Blair School of Music, has been renamed the Mark Wait Dean’s Chair to honor the former dean and professor of music, who was at Blair from 1993 to 2020. Read More

    Oct 4, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    Warren Haviland, JD’69, and Karen Heffron: Advocates for equality and access to legal services

    Warren Haviland, JD’69, and Karen Heffron funded a charitable remainder unitrust that will eventually establish the Warren E. Haviland and Karen M. Heffron Summer Stipend. The stipend will provide financial support to students at Vanderbilt Law School who are pursuing public interest careers. Read More

    Aug 18, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    Financial Markets Research Center renamed for Hans Stoll

    Thomas Peterffy of Interactive Brokers, whose philanthropic support endowed the Financial Markets Research Center in 2003, recently renamed it the Hans Stoll Financial Markets Research Center in memory of its founder. Stoll, a pioneer in the field and longtime director of the center who passed away in 2020, was emeritus professor of finance and former holder of the Anne Marie and Thomas B. Walker Jr. Chair of Finance at Owen. Read More

    Apr 22, 2021

  • Vanderbilt Giving Day 2021 Thank You!

    More than 7,600 members of Vanderbilt community support university on Giving Day

    More than 7,600 members of the Vanderbilt community, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends, joined together on Giving Day, April 7, to donate more than $5 million to help advance the university’s mission of education, discovery and leadership. Read More

    Apr 8, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    Kim Wolensky: Creative Philanthropy

    Kim Wolensky, BS'79, MBA'80, has documented her intent to establish the Kim E. Lazarus Scholarship to provide need-based financial support for deserving students at Owen by designating Vanderbilt as the beneficiary of an individual retirement account to endow the scholarship, with a separate portion directed to her sorority Alpha Delta Pi–Zeta Rho chapter. Read More

    Feb 19, 2021

  • Vanderbilt Changemakers: Leaf Global Fintech

    Vanderbilt Changemakers series kicks off with event featuring Owen alumni entrepreneurs

    The inaugural Vanderbilt Changemakers event featured a discussion with Owen Graduate School of Management alumni Nat Robinson, MBA’07, JD’18, and Tori Samples, BMus’12, MBA’18, about the company they created to provide virtual banking services to refugees and migrants. Read More

    Jan 29, 2021

  • Vanderbilt University

    ‘Something Bigger Than Myself’

    A tradition of giving in her first year at Vanderbilt has led Julie Babbage to continue giving back to her alma mater in a myriad of ways. Read More

    Nov 3, 2020

  • Vanderbilt University

    Supporting STEM Scholars

    David Potts and his wife, Frances Candi Potts, recently documented their intent to establish the Potts Scholarship to provide financial support for undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the College of Arts and Science or the School of Engineering. Read More

    Nov 3, 2020

  • Vanderbilt University

    The Power of a Vanderbilt Education

    Even at 104 years old, Helen Sterling, BA’36, MA’38, handled aging with optimism and grace. Her affection for her alma mater motivated her to include the university in her estate plans. Thanks to her $1.6 million bequest for unrestricted support at Peabody College and the College of Arts and Science, her legacy at Vanderbilt endures. Read More

    Aug 4, 2020

  • Vanderbilt University

    Strong Shoulders: Dr. David Patterson

    Dr. David Patterson, BA’81, MD’85, is proof the Vanderbilt experience doesn’t have to end after graduation. Patterson has served Vanderbilt as a trustee since 2013. He also is a member of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Board of Directors, and past president of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association. Read More

    Aug 4, 2020

  • Vanderbilt University

    Fostering Inclusion and Diversity in Business through Philanthropy

    Jasmine Greer, photo by John Russell Jasmine Greer, BE’16, applied to only one MBA program: Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. She wanted to stay at Vanderbilt and chose Owen not only for its top-flight academic program but also its collaborative environment. At Owen, Greer has immersed herself in several… Read More

    Feb 17, 2020

  • Vanderbilt University

    Putting Philanthropy into Practice: McCartney Kay Wilkins, BS’01, and Jay Wilkins, BS’99

    The Wilkinses recently made a sizable commitment to Experience Vanderbilt, a program that provides students with need-based financial aid for extracurricular activities that require fees for participation, such as club sports, arts and cultural experiences, Greek life and service trips like Alternative Spring Break. Read More

    Feb 12, 2020

  • Vanderbilt University

    Emerita Faculty Leader Continues to Inspire through Opportunity Vanderbilt Scholarship

    It wasn’t the unfamiliarity of a new city or the intimidation of a new faculty position that stood out to Fräncille Bergquist when she first came to Vanderbilt in 1977. The new professor of Spanish was taken aback by the rolling hills and green trees of Middle Tennessee—a stark contrast… Read More

    Nov 7, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Virginia Shepherd and Charles Brau: Promoting STEM Education

    Charles Brau and Virginia Shepherd, photo by Susan Urmy Virginia Shepherd knew in eighth grade that she wanted to become a scientist. Her education and training eventually led to a tenured research scientist position at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Nashville’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Shepherd’s passion for science education… Read More

    Nov 7, 2019

  • Vanderbilt University

    Armstrong Family Inspires Biochemical Breakthroughs

    Photo by Stephen Doster The story of Richard Armstrong is a shining example of how one person’s legacy can have a powerful ripple effect on others. A basic sciences professor of biochemistry and chemistry from 1995 until his 2015 death, Armstrong was known for his groundbreaking biochemical research. In his… Read More

    Aug 20, 2019