The Cameron University Foundation has added a new endowed scholarship thanks to the generosity of alumnus George Charlson. Charlson has established the E. Virginia Charlson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in honor of his late mother with an endowment of $10,000. The scholarship will benefit students with a military affiliation who are pursuing a degree in business.
“Mrs. Charlson was an Army wife who valued education and a sense of community,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “She endured lengthy separations from her husband, whose extensive military career included tours of duty during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. We are grateful to George Charlson for endowing this scholarship in her memory.”
Mrs. Charlson and her husband, George S. Charlson, were the parents of four children. Their wish that all of their children would earn a college degree was met as all four received bachelor’s degrees. Two, including donor George Charlson, went on to attain master’s degrees, and one earned a Ph.D.
Charlson is a 1964 Cameron graduate. He has been a supporter of numerous Cameron University Foundation programs including the McMahon Centennial Complex, the Blanche Beavers Endowed Scholarship in Business, the Cameron University Alumni Association’s Endowed Scholarship and the Foundation’s general scholarship fund. Earlier this year, he joined other alumni in donating funding that provided a complete set of Army Service Uniforms for Cameron’s newly commissioned Army ROTC graduates, allowing them to start their careers as second lieutenants without incurring the $600 cost of purchasing a dress uniform.
Endowed scholarships managed by the Cameron University Foundation provide financial assistance to deserving students in perpetuity. To learn more about establishing an endowment, contact the Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999.