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Campbellsville University raises a record $1 million for endowment in one academic year

April 19, 2011
For Immediate Release

By Christina Miller, office assistant

 Kayla Raganas, a junior from Campbellsville,  spoke at the endowment luncheon. She was  the recipient of an endowed scholarship.  (Campbellsville University Photo by Christina  Miller)
 Kayla Raganas, a junior from Campbellsville,
spoke at the endowment luncheon. She was
the recipient of an endowed scholarship.
(Campbellsville University Photo by Christina

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.— Campbellsville University announced four new endowed scholarships at an endowed scholarship and Covenant Society luncheon April 13.

The new endowed scholarships include: Sam and Jeanette Conner, Charles and Montye Hill, Curtis H. Moffett Memorial and Thomas C. Nix Ministerial.

Benji Kelly, vice president for development at Campbellsville University, said the initial goal for the centennial campaign, celebrated in 2006, was to establish 100 endowed scholarships. That goal was met, and since then, an additional 21 endowed scholarships have been established.

Kelly said he believed 2010-11 was “the first time Campbellsville University has raised $1 million for endowment in one academic year.”

Endowment programs support students, faculty, seminars and lectureships, professional development, center or institute directorships, a particular college or school within the university, performing arts series and athletics.

Kayla Raganas, a junior nursing student from Campbellsville, Ky., and a recipient of the Frances Clinkscales Nursing Scholarship, spoke about the importance of the scholarship to her.

She said the scholarship is a “tribute to her education,” and a way to “fund her dream.”

Raganas works as a patient care taker on the surgical wing of Taylor County Regional Hospital.

She said, “Most people wouldn’t say this, but I love surgery.”

Raganas considers it a “tremendous opportunity” to experience work on the floor that she learns in the classroom. She plans to graduate from CU as a registered nurse in May 2012, and then continue her education to become a nurse anesthetist.

“Every little bit counts toward financing a dream,” Raganas said addressing the crowd of donors to establish the endowed scholarships. “Thank you for giving all of us this opportunity.”

Kelly said, “Without your support, some students would not receive the Christian higher education they are receiving today.”

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, also gave an update on the progress of the university.

Carter said, “This luncheon doesn’t begin to repay the sacrifice for an endowment to CU—it’s a mere gesture for what you mean to CU. Your investment has been made a priority to support Christian higher education at Campbellsville University.”

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is