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LRU Receives Grant from National Foundation

Tue Feb 12 2013

Scholarship recipients (from left to right):  Lauren Turnmyre, Jessica Lee Christian, Allyson Ledford, and Sheila Wade.

HICKORY, N.C. — Lenoir-Rhyne University has received a $130,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation for 2013-2014.  This is an increase of $10,000 over last year.  The Whitehead Foundation is dedicated to the support of women in nine southeastern states.  Lenoir-Rhyne University’s grant will provide scholarships to deserving women who are majoring in nursing education.

Lettie Pate Whitehead was born Letitia Pate in Bedford County, Virginia, in 1872.  She was educated at private schools in Bedford and Lynchburg.  In 1895, she married Joseph Brown Whitehead, a young attorney, and they made their home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Mr. and Mrs. Whitehead had two sons, Joseph B., Jr. and Conkey Pate.

Lettie Pate Whitehead’s youngest son, Conkey Pate Whitehead, influenced by the generous example of his parents, provided in his will for the creation of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation as a memorial to his mother.  Because of his generosity, the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation was chartered in 1946.

After the death of her husband, Lettie Pate Whitehead married Colonel Arthur Kelly Evans, a retired Canadian army officer.  She continued to feel a keen sense of duty to those in need.  A gracious and generous woman, she contributed to a number of charities during her lifetime.

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