Lake Erie College Alumna Gives Additional $100,000 Toward Humanities Legacy Endowed Scholarship
(PAINESVILLE, OHIO) – A Lake Erie College alumna, Deborah Goodrich Royce ’80, has donated an additional $100,000 to The Humanities Legacy Endowed Scholarship Fund she established in 2005.
The Connecticut resident created the fund to provide scholarship support for students majoring in the humanities, an area close to her heart as she herself earned a bachelor of arts degree in modern foreign languages. The fund was also designed to honor faculty members. Last year, her donation honored long-time Lake Erie College Professor of English George Farrell (English) and Emeritus Professor of Italian Egidio Lunardi, Ph.D.. This year’s gift of $100,000 is in honor of Professor of history Kim McQuaid, Ph.D. and Jake Rufli, Emeritus Professor of theatre arts.
“It’s thrilling to see a graduate honor faculty members who have made an impact on her life,” said President Michael Victor. “Deborah Goodrich Royce has achieved a successful career in the arts and is now providing students with opportunities to fulfill their dreams of pursuing a career based in the humanities,” he added.
The Humanities Legacy Endowed Scholarship Fund offers a minimum of two scholarships per academic year and is available to current or incoming Lake Erie College students majoring in the area of social science, foreign language, English, psychology or fine and performing arts. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average to apply for the scholarships and must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to retain them.
Royce donated the money to the College as a challenge to other alumni to establish endowed scholarships in the name of faculty members who made a great impact on their lives. The fund allows donors of $25,000 or more to establish an additional number of scholarships to recognize a humanities faculty member of their choice.
Spending her career in the arts, first as an actress in film and television; then, as a story editor at Miramax Films, she also dedicates her talents to volunteer work. Royce serves on the board of directors of the Hunter Foundation and the Literacy Volunteers of Stamford/Greenwich, Conn., where she also teaches writing to adult English as a second language students. Royce and her husband, Charles, restored and reopened the Avon Theater Film Center, an independent cinema in Stamford.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors and master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.