As the new state-of-the-art Pauley Science Center continues to take shape on campus, Hampden-Sydney College is grateful to be able to announce several important investments in the future of the sciences at the College, beginning with the third largest gift in the College’s history: a gift of $11 million from the estate of the late Dr. W. Glenn Hurt ’60 that will be used to establish a new science scholarship with summer research opportunities for its recipients. In addition, College trustee Trevor Boyce ’83 is contributing $1 million to support the construction of the Pauley Science Center, and the Robert Leroy Atwell and Lucy Williams Atwell Foundation has dedicated $250,000 to provide additional support for research opportunities for science students.
“While the College has emphasized the sciences since its founding, the need for a state-of-the-art science facility and for all Hampden-Sydney students to graduate with a high degree of scientific literacy is more important than ever,” said President Larry Stimpert. “These philanthropic investments in the College’s future will help secure Hampden-Sydney’s place among the country’s finest liberal arts colleges and universities.”
Dr. Hurt’s act of extraordinary generosity is characteristic of his lifelong commitment to Hampden-Sydney before his death in February at the age of 82. This latest gift will establish the new Hurt Science Scholars Program, which will give aspiring scientists increased access to a Hampden-Sydney education by providing an annual scholarship of approximately $10,000 per recipient. Each Hurt Science Scholar will also have funding through this scholarship program to engage in research opportunities for two summers.
“Few Hampden-Sydney alumni have been as devoted in their commitment to the College as Dr. Hurt,” Stimpert said. “He quietly and anonymously supported Hampden-Sydney during his life and now leaves an enduring legacy that will create opportunities for generations of scientists to come. We will always be grateful for his humble and selfless dedication.”
A longtime professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School, Dr. Hurt was passionate about the sciences and the cultivation of scientific practitioners, mentoring many young Hampden-Sydney alumni through medical school and into the medical profession.
Dr. Hurt generously but anonymously supported the College throughout his life. His most recent gifts included $1 million to establish the Hinton Baxter Overcash Immersive Biology Laboratory in the Pauley Science Center in honor of a beloved former professor, and $2.45 million to augment an existing endowed scholarship. In 2013, Dr. Hurt also established an endowed fund with the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond to ensure additional, need-based annual scholarship support for Hampden-Sydney in perpetuity.
“Dr. Hurt was not only an incredibly accomplished physician and devoted mentor, but was one of the warmest men and among Hampden-Sydney’s most passionate supporters. He was immensely proud of the College and enthusiastic about its future,” said Heather Krajewski, Vice President for Advancement. “We will miss him greatly, but his gifts will perpetually enrich the science program at the College, which meant so much to him, to an extraordinary degree.”