Below are some stories about why individuals chose to donate money for department scholarships and programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Weber State University. Whether you have a lot or a little to give, any gift is appreciated by students, faculty, and the University alike.
Gordon K. & Polly Harrington
Endowed Scholarship: Harrington Scholarship Endowment in Asian Studies
Department: History, Asian Studies Program, WSU
I wish to explain why I give to Weber State University. First I wish to aid the academic development of the Asian Studies Minor Program. I came to Weber as a faculty member in 1969 with the assignment to develop Asian Studies. At the time there were a number of courses in various departments dealing with Asia but there was no coordination among them. Through my efforts in the early 1970s Weber was able to establish the necessary coordination among the departments and courses. Thus I am giving to help perpetuate this program.
Secondly I am giving to the Asian Studies Program to help memorialize the name of my mother, Evelyn Lela Harrington, whose resources aid in making the fund possible. She was a massive supporter of me as I grew up, gained my education, and developed in my career. I wish to honor her for her efforts and support on my behalf. Equally, my wife, Mary E. Harrington (Polly) has been a trusted and true supporter of me for the past fifty and more years. It is appropriate she also be memorialized. Her own resources have been contributed as well to make the fund possible. Since Weber is able to aid in the development of the Asian Studies Minor Program and to honor the above two persons through its foundation program I gladly contribute my resources to the university.
Gordon K. Harrington
Weber State University
Annual Award: Rachel DeVoe Sociology Award
Department: Sociology, WSU
In a letter to Benjamin Webb dated April 22, 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote:
I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you [...] meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I hope it may thus go thro' many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.
I will be the first to admit that what I give is considered to be mere pennies compared to the thousands of dollars that some can afford to give, but under no circumstance could I allow that to deter me from paying forward the good deed that I received.
During my last year of school I conducted a case study of Weber State and realized that I didn’t have the money necessary to conduct my study. My professor encouraged me to apply for the Eccles Undergraduate Research Student Fellow Award and to my great fortune; they awarded the money that made my study possible. Four years later I am still using the skills in my profession that I learned while conducting my study. What might not have seemed like much to the donor of the scholarship provided me a lifetime of skills and knowledge that I would not have otherwise had, and for that I am eternally grateful.
I would like to encourage everyone no matter how small or insignificant the amount may seem to do a good deed and help a deserving student to accomplish their dream of an education. Doing so can help a student better themselves, their families, and eventually the society at large.
~ Rachel DeVoe
Graduate WSU 2004, Bachelor of Science in Sociology