The Fund for Lees-McRae
The Fund for Lees-McRae is made up of unrestricted gifts from Lees-McRae’s loyal alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, and friends. These contributions benefit all Lees-McRae students, support financial aid awards, classroom technology, course development, institutional work-study program, theatrical productions, maintenance, repairs, and so much more. An unrestricted gift to The Fund for Lees-McRae is arguably the most valuable, as it provides the College the flexibility to direct funds where the need is greatest. Your annual, sustainable gift to The Fund for Lees-McRae will help bridge the gap between the rising costs of education and the income the College receives from tuition and endowment earnings. All gifts, regardless of the amount, are important.All gifts, regardless of the amount, are welcome and appreciated. Gifts are tax-deductible.
Donor Spotlight: Wendell Boggs '57
Class Agent, Class of 1957
Former President, Lees-McRae Alumni Board
Wendell Boggs is passionate about the importance of alumni giving back to Lees-McRae. “We got a deal by today’s standards. Tuition, Room/Board and Laundry was $600 per academic year, but in those days, our families had the same struggles coming up with the finances of sending us to college as families do today in sending their children to college. People helped us along the way and I think it is important for alumni to take their turn in supporting today’s students.”
“My basketball coach took me to Lees-McRae and I fell in love with the place. I made good grades in high school and looked at bigger schools, but Lees-McRae was the right choice for me. Fred I. Dickerson ’31 was our basketball coach at LMC.” Wendell earned his Associate in Arts degree at LMC and went on to UVA and earned his BS in Education.
“The Fund for Lees-McRae bridges the gap between how much students actually pay in tuition and the actual cost the College incurs by educating students. It is so incredibly important for alumni to give to sustain the institution called Lees-McRae. The College is about far more than an individual person, program or team—it is about the place that gave us our start towards building our careers and future. It is the responsibility of alumni to ensure that LMC not only survive as an institution, but thrive. It’s up to us.”
Wendell, originally from Abingdon, Virginia, and his wife, Tana, split their time between their homes in Lincolnton and Newland, North Carolina. They raised two daughters.