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A new endowed scholarship benefiting Tuskegee University students also expands an enduring university legacy spanning three generations of the Griffin family of Milledgeville, Georgia.
The new Floyd Griffin Jr. and Nathalie Huffman Griffin Endowed Family Scholarship, will benefit future students studying in university’s Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, from which Floyd Griffin earned his degree in 1966. His wife, Nathalie, completed a degree in biology in 1966, as did their sons — Brian, currently a colonel in the U.S. Army who graduated from Tuskegee with a degree in architecture in 1989; and Eric, who completed a degree in mechanical engineering in 1990. Most recently, their grandson Brandon graduated with a degree in psychology in 2016.
“Tuskegee University means a great deal to both of us, not to mention our entire family,” Griffin said of his and his wife’s motivation to endow this new scholarship. “Although we have given to Tuskegee for decades, we felt we wanted to do more for ‘Mother Tuskegee’ and her students.”
Griffin also noted he hopes this gift inspires both his immediate family and fellow members of the Tuskegee family to make a gift to the university — especially when extra incentives like year-end tax deductions make giving now more beneficial to everyone.
“We hope our gift inspires our sons and other members of the Griffin family to establish their own legacies of giving to Tuskegee,” he said. “We also hope it encourages other alumni and friends to continue their commitment of giving — or to start that tradition this holiday season with a donation to the university.”
Because endowments are invested and managed by the university — with only the generated interest income used for their designated purposes — they grow and provide permanent, self-sustaining sources of funding for Tuskegee into perpetuity.
“Endowments are vitally important to Tuskegee’s future and allow donors to establish a lasting legacy,” said Don Winston, Tuskegee University’s interim vice president for advancement and development. “We are extremely grateful to the Griffin family for making Tuskegee such a priority in their ongoing and year-end giving. We hope their generosity encourages more of our alumni to follow their example.”
Endowments, which are established with gifts or pledges of $25,000 or more, can support a wide array of university priorities, including scholarships, faculty professorships, academic programs and campus facilities. In return, donors can name their endowments in honor of themselves or someone of their choosing. Furthermore, these endowments can grow through supplementary gifts of any amount made by the donors, as well as their family and friends. Anniversaries, birthdays, holidays and other occasions often become reasons to make additional contributions to existing endowments in honor of their originating donors.
After the Griffin Family Endowed Scholarship is fully invested, it will generate merit-based scholarship support for either an architecture or construction science student. To qualify for the scholarship, a student will have to have graduated from a Georgia high school, as well as have and maintain a specific grade point average.
“Merit-based scholarships are particularly helpful in our school’s efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest students,” said Dr. Carla Jackson Bell, dean of the Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science. “Our school competes for students globally, and having these resources are vital to maintaining an accomplished student body.”
Griffin, who also serves on Tuskegee’s Board of Trustees, recently retired as a small-business owner — a career preceded by distinguished service both as a colonel in the U.S. Army, and as a state senator and mayor in Georgia. Nathalie, his wife, assisted Floyd in his business and public service careers in addition to serving as an adult educator before her retirement. Together, the couple have contributed more than $100,000 in philanthropic support to the university during their lifetime.
To make a year-end, tax-deductible gift, donors may give online at www.tuskegee.edu/give, or by downloading, completing and mailing a Donor Gift Form. Donations must be posted to a credit card or postmarked on or before Jan. 15, 2018, to qualify as a donation during the 2017 tax year. For information about creating an endowment to benefit the university and its students, contact the Office of Development at 334-727-8540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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