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Judson College scholarship donors meet with student recipients

Judson College scholarship recipients met and dined with the donors of their financial gifts at a special Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, November 7.

The occasion was held in the college’s Archibald Hall and featured music by student singers, short testimonial speeches by three students, and remarks by Judson President, Dr. David Potts, and Vice President of Advancement, Dr. Terry Morgan.

The student choral performance was under the direction of music professor Dr. Terre Johnson; accompaniment was by college staff members Leah Washburn on piano and Miriam Hart on flute. The group performed ­­­­two hymns, “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”

Praise for the importance of Judson College in the lives of women was voiced by three outstanding students: Hannah Patterson of Mountain Brook, Alabama; Haley Pham of Bayou La Batre, Alabama; and Sau Nam of Kimyindyne Township, Myanmar (Burma).

In his closing remarks, Dr. Potts thanked the scholarship donors for their generosity and support of students. He also thanked assembled guests, students, faculty, and staff, who are making the school’s 175th anniversary a particularly special time in Judson’s history.

He also told the story of how the college’s earliest benefactor, Julia Tarrant Barron, gave much of her wealth for the establishment of Judson College in the mid-1800s. With the Civil War and the decline of the Marion economy, Julia Barron’s fortune was lost. Her pastor asked her, after she was reduced to poverty, if she regretted having given so much of her fortune to Judson. She replied, “I wish I had given more.”

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