APU Honors Contributors

by Rebecca Van Dyk '05

Each year, APU’s Office of University Advancement holds luncheons to recognize the tremendous contributions that benefit student scholarships through the University Scholarship Fund.

A luncheon on Thursday, April 7, recognized the James L. Stamps Foundation's contributions through the years. The event gave Gene Boutault, president of the foundation, and Jolene Boutault, the foundation's manager, a chance to meet graduate and undergraduate theology scholarship recipients. For more than 30 years, APU has received support from the foundation totaling more than $2 million. The Stamps Foundation also contributed to capital projects such as the Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center, Hugh and Hazel Darling Library, and the John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex.

Another luncheon took place Friday, April 8, to honor the Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation and Barbara and Jack Lee. Attended by students and administration, the luncheon provide students with an opportunity to talk about their future goals and the ways in which their scholarships help them achieve those goals.

"Jack and I love the opportunity of making an impact in the lives of students," said Barbara Lee. "I love seeing them come into their own from year to year. We consider it an honor and a privilege to participate in the lunch."

The Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation, represented by Richard Stack, has given $10,000 annually to the University Scholarship Fund. Total giving to date since 1992 is more than $2 million. This foundation also gives to capital projects, such as the Darling Library, the Felix Event Center, and the Duke Academic Complex.

On April 14, APU recognized the contributions of Will and Chris Gencarella. The Gencarellas have given significant support to APU projects since 1989. In addition to scholarships, their contributions aided in the renovations to Wynn Science Center, and construction of the Duke Academic Complex and the Felix Event Center.