Donor Stories of Impact
Donors Tell Why They Give
Impact As Student Has Lasting Effect on Alumna
Joyce is a Founder’s Circle member who has supported the JBU Scholarship Fund for several years. “I do what I can every year to give to JBU students because I believe a Christian education is important and I want to help with their expenses,” said Joyce.
Although Joyce admitted she was homesick her first semester at JBU, she says it didn’t take long for her to get acquainted with all the different programs the university had to offer.
Aside from her studies, Joyce was in the aviation club, took swimming lessons and regularly attended street meetings in Siloam Springs. She also worked at the switchboard and helped cook campus breakfast.
Why did she become a Founder's Circle member as a way of supporting JBU? “I needed help too when I was a student and someone helped me," she said.
Alumni Take Stewardship Seriously
David met his wife-to-be, Sharon, in Cathedral Choir during his junior year at JBU. The couple both graduated with degrees in music, went on to teach and now work for a rural telecommunications enterprise.
Years ago, David and Sharon gave their first gift to the JBU Scholarship Fund to support the work-study program. They have continued to support the University every since, joining what is now known as the Founder’s Circle in 2009.
“Sharon and I have received many blessings during a wonderful life together. These have included children, a home and meaningful work. We have never been ‘rich,’ but we take our stewardship of what God has given us very seriously,” David said. “We feel sincere gratitude toward JBU — a Christian university who made a college education possible for both of us when neither of our families could afford such on their own.”