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Giving Tuesday benefits UPIKE endowments

December 06, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
Four endowments grew substantially from generous contributions made to UPIKE on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27) by alumni, donors, friends, faculty and staff. Giving Tuesday efforts focused on raising scholarship money in honor of four individuals who have made a difference in the lives of students.

Featured endowments included the Carol Grizzard Browning Lecture Series Endowment, the Ron D. Damron Endowed Scholarship, the Derrick “Big Show” Silas Endowed Scholarship and the Dr. John A. Strosnider Endowed Scholarship.

The average gift on Giving Tuesday at UPIKE was approximately $500 with an overall total of nearly $10,000. Since Giving Tuesday, the university has continued receiving financial gifts for the endowments.

“Were it not for the generosity of those who love and invest in UPIKE, many students could not further their education,” said UPIKE Vice President for Advancement David R. Hutchens. “The university is grateful to those who contributed to the lives of students on Giving Tuesday and to those whose gifts throughout the year make a significant impact on UPIKE.”

The Carol Grizzard Browning Lecture Series Endowment aims to enrich the academic and religious experience for students. Before retiring in 2011, Carol Grizzard Browning served as a professor of religion and taught at UPIKE for 23 years. In honor of her service to the university, this endowment will be used to bring nationally renowned religious speakers to UPIKE students. Any remaining funds will be awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in religion.

Damron’s service to students and the UPIKE women’s bowling team did not go unnoticed. In recognition for his service, the Ron D. Damron Endowed scholarship was established by the women’s bowling team. Having served as the only women’s bowling coach for the first 16 years of its existence, Damron led the team to numerous wins, four national championships while inspiring countless athletes over the course of his coaching career. The endowment will help award bowling scholarships at the university.

The Derrick “Big Show” Silas Endowment Fund was named for Silas ’05 who was previously both a student and staff member at the university. Silas unexpectedly passed away in 2016. Known for his kindness, charisma and love of UPIKE, the endowment fund in his honor will continue that legacy. Once funded, the fund will be awarded to African-American undergraduate students who qualify. Students must demonstrate the same love of UPIKE and community, must be at least a sophomore, in good standing with the university and enrolled full-time.

As the founding dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM), Strosnider was not only committed to family medicine and the holistic approach of osteopathic medicine but to the broader healthcare needs of the region. Strosnider’s legacy lives on in the mission of KYCOM and its successful students and graduates. Established by the university and his wife JoAnn Strosnider to honor his service, the scholarship is eligible to students at KYCOM who demonstrate similar love and dedication to the profession.

To contribute to the endowments or other funds at UPIKE, or to establish an endowment, visit or call (606) 218-5276.

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