Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield House of Student Financial Services Dedicated
Posted on Friday, April 29, 2011 [12:54 AM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College
community honored "one special lady" on Thursday afternoon when it
dedicated the Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield House of Student Financial
The Whitfield House, 305 Lindsey Wilson St., is named in honored
of Adair County native and LWC alumna Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield. The
building houses the college's financial-aid offices.
"All students have financial needs, but not every college has a
Dr. Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield," LWC Vice President for Educational
Outreach and Student Financial Services Denise Fudge said at the ceremony. "Dr.
Whitfield has been instrumental in helping us to fulfill our
mission. She is a special lady."
Speakers recalled the hundreds of phone calls Whitfield has made
on behalf of students, as well as the scores of handwritten notes
of encouragement she has sent to the college's students, faculty
and staff members.
"One of her many spiritual gifts is to be an encourager, and she
does that better than anyone I know," Fudge said.
Overall, more than 95 percent of LWC students receive financial
aid. This year, the college awarded students more than $10 million
in institutional aid.
One of the students who has been on the receiving end of
Whitfield's generosity is Cody Gabbert, a biology senior from
Columbia. Both Gabbert and his wife, Lori, have known Whitfield's
love and generosity.
"She is a remarkable woman," Gabbert said. "Her support for this
institution and its students go beyond scholarships and generosity.
… What can be more everlasting than contributing to the educational
growth of another person?"
Whitfield, who graduated from the college in 1949, has been a
member of the Lindsey Wilson Board of Trustees since the 1981.
Currently a resident of Bowling Green, Ky., she was one of the
first women to serve on the Lindsey Wilson board.
"Elizabeth Lowe Whitfield loves this college, and its people
unconditionally," Luckey said. "It is her first thought when she
wakes up in the morning, and the last thought when she puts her
head on the pillow."
Whitfield grew up in a house that was adjacent to the college.
She has known all eight of the college's presidents.
"It is nice honor for the college to do this for me," she said
at the ceremony.
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