In addition to the launch of Gordon College’s School of Education, President D. Michael Lindsay announced Gordon’s first-ever memorial alumni award, in honor of late education graduate Margaret C. Wright ‘17 this morning in a special convocation.
The award will include a gift of $10,000 to an education alum teaching underprivileged students following graduation, as well as a gift of $10,000 to the class for operations. Guowei Wright, Margaret Wright’s mother, spoke about her daughter’s time at Gordon and how she saw “teaching as her act of worship.” The endowed gift was given by her family in perpetuity. Applications are now open, with the first award to be presented over homecoming in the fall of 2020.
President Lindsay also announced the Grace Evelyn Hinshaw ‘65 School of Education Endowed Scholarship. The Hinshaw family gift will fund scholarships awarded to students entering the education major when the funds are released in 2021. The Margaret C. Wright award and Grace Evelyn Hinshaw award marks steps towards Gordon’s Faith Rising campaign goals of nearly doubling the recent $75.5 million gift from an anonymous donor.
The School of Education will be effective January 15, 2020, with Janet Arndt, professor of education and director of the education graduate program, as dean. And with Priscilla Nelson installed as the Richard F. Gross endowed professor of education. Jody Gross, wife of Gordon’s sixth president, was present for the installation of Nelson.