Alumni Inspire Scholarship Support
While attending the annual Roanoke College Alumni Weekend "Honor Guard" (50-year plus graduates) meeting in 1991, Maurice Kessler '37 and Clarence Caldwell '41 discussed the sporadic class reunions and quarterly luncheon meetings of their "other" alma mater, William Fleming High School in Roanoke. They believed they could organize their high school classmates in a manner similar to the College's with the objective of upholding WFHS ideals and traditions long after graduation (see Powell Endowed Scholarship below.) Kessler and Caldwell, along with Ira Peters '37 and Calvin Schenk '36, subsequently proposed the formation of the organization during a meeting with representatives of the other classes, and the proposal was approved unanimously. It was agreed that after each class had observed its 50th anniversary year, the class members would then become eligible for membership in "The Golden Colonels." The name was suggested by Mrs. Elise Barnes Hardy, a beloved Fleming librarian, and Peters began his term as the first president of the group.
The Wiliam Fleming Hig h School Dr. and Mrs. Russell S. Powell Endowed Scholarship
Following her husband's death in 1984, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Powell, William Fleming's second principal, challenged the Roanoke College class of 1938 to match her proposed initial donation of $5,000 to establish an Endowed Scholarship Fund at Roanoke College. The Class of 1938 president, Clarence P. Caldwell, Jr., accepted the challenge on behalf of his classmates. On June 30, 1987, the $5,000 challenge goal was met and the Powell Scholarship Fund was officially established. It was Mrs. Powell's desire that this permanent endowment be used to provide scholarships to graduates of William Fleming High School who attend Roanoke College. Recipients must embody the values of integrity and accomplishment that Mrs. Powell encouraged in her students and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. All Fleming alumni and friends are encouraged to contribute to this fund as often and as generously as possible. As of December 2006 there have been twenty recipients of the Dr. and Mrs. Russell S. Powell Endowed Scholarship.