Endowed Scholarships Make Enduring Legacies
Individual endowed scholarships make a positive difference in the lives of Roanoke students. Four of the most recent scholarships that have been established include the Lowry Scholarship in Economics, the Stephen "Jet" LaMantia '85 Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Onjelique C. Stevens '06 Endowed Scholarship Fund, and the The Class of 1957 Daniel P. Hoback, M.D. & the Reverend Roger S. Kluttz Endowed Memorial Scholarship. "These four scholarships reflect the generosity and leadership of Roanoke alumni and friends. Many of whom have taken the opportunity to create a lasting legacy for the College while memorializing a family member, a special alumnus or a professor. Through the endowment process scholarships such as these benefit students by providing financial aid now and into the future," states Kim Blair '93, Roanoke's director of development.
The Lowry Scholarship in Economics
Dr. Darryl W. Lowry, associate professor of economics, devoted the past 25 years instructing and nurturing Roanoke College students, "spending hours each day carefully organizing his lectures and meeting with students," said Dr. Robert Stauffer, associate professor of economics. When Lowry died on Dec. 31, 2006, after a short battle with bone cancer, the bereaved campus struggled to find ways to honor the man who had been so passionate about economics, volleyball, and roller coasters. The spontaneous donations that current and former students and colleagues made in Lowry's name inspired Stauffer to set up the Lowry Scholarship in Economics, the recipient of which, when the fund achieves endowed level, will be decided upon by the economics faculty. Additionally, the 2007 edition of the Rawenoch, the college's yearbook, is dedicated to Lowry.
The Onjelique C. Stevens '06 Endowed Scholarship Fund
"Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away" served as a fitting motto for Onjelique "Onjo" C. Stevens '06. Diagnosed at age 5 days with cystic fibrosis, the cheerleader, varsity golfer, and honor student with a passion for travel graduated in 2000 from Glenvar High School in Salem, VA, not having missed a day of school due to illness since kindergarten. At Roanoke College she became active in Delta Gamma. In Dec. 2003, her senior year, Stevens underwent a double lung transplant but returned to finish her business degree and to graduate in 2006. She died on March 27, 2007, from kidney and hepatic failure, complications from a simple sinus surgery. To honor this special young woman who, said her mother, Donna Stevens, "loved Roanoke College and the life she had there," the endowed scholarship was initiated "to have her memory and her smile live on forever at her alma mater." Its intended recipients, to be selected by Stevens' parents and three of her college friends, will be students whose lives have been spent smiling, inspiring, and encouraging others with a leading example, those who, as did Stevens, say "WOW," not "why."
The Class of 1957 Daniel P. Hoback M.D. & the Reverend Roger S. Kluttz Endowed Memorial Scholarship
To commemorate the fifty years since their graduation, the Class of 1957 has established the Daniel P. Hoback, M.D., and the Reverend Roger S. Kluttz Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Prior to the reunion held during Alumni Weekend 2007, several members of this class decided to create the scholarship in memory of two "good, good men," explained John Stafford, a member of the reunion committee. A physician who practiced in the Roanoke area, Hoback, who died in 2002, served as class president for all four of this class's college years. Kluttz, student body president from 1956- 1957, was pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Roanoke from 1967-1987; he died in 2001. Any student with financial need and good academic standing will be eligible for this scholarship.
The Stephen "Jet" LaMantia '85 Endowed Scholarship Fund
On the morning of Sept.11, 2001, Stephen "Jet" LaMantia '85, bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, was at his desk on the 105th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center when tragedy struck. In 2006 LaMantia's Sigma Chi brothers Todd Peters '85 and Tommy Blair '85, with the help of Steve's widow, Kim Stewart LaMantia '86, established the LaMantia Fund, intending the scholarship to benefit Roanoke students whose parents have died while in the line of duty or who have demonstrated leadership qualities while overcoming challenging life experiences. Already this fund has been able to designate a recipient for both 2006 and 2007: Marine reservist Zach Hellcamp '07. Corporal Hellcamp forfeited a year of school to be deployed to Iraq in January 2005 as part of Lima Company, which became known as one of the most causality-stricken in Iraq. Because Hellcamp so exemplifies the spirit of this fund, for the next few years Peters and Blair plan on involving him in the selection process for the next recipients.