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Lottery winnings go to Shaw University
Employee pledges part of $2M to scholarship
Published Monday, July 14, 2014 4:09 pm
by Herbert L. White

When Marilyn Fields won at Powerball last week, Shaw University hit the jackpot.

Fields, who won a $2 million prize last week, said she will use some of the money to endow a scholarship she created at the school in 2013.

Fields, who has worked at Shaw since she graduated the Raleigh school in 1976, is its executive assistant to the president. She created the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship with $5,000 last year as a tribute to her parents to provide financial assistance to needy students. The Powerball payout will allow Fields to meet Shaw’s $25,000 threshold for full endowment, although she has not yet decided on the pledge’s size.

Fields was inducted into the university’s Crystal Bear Society last year for establishing an endowed scholarship.

“For me, it was a miracle to attend Shaw University," Fields said in a statement released by the North Carolina Education Lottery. "By awarding a student with the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship, I can give students who are doing the best that they can academically, but still need financial help, the same opportunity I had.”

Fields has family ties to Shaw. Her husband Charlie, and their son Brandon, are both graduates. Her daughter Nina attended the school.

“Marilyn is beloved by this institution,” Shaw acting President Gaddis J. Faulcon said. “She has been a faithful and consistent donor and has given Shaw her time, talent and money for nearly 40 years. She has sponsored students, given some money and has done whatever she can for those in need. We are thrilled and thankful for her. This could not have happened to a better person.”

Fields, who turns 60 later this year, said she plans to retire at 62 – and give back.

“Shaw was God sent,” she said. “As long as I live, Shaw will not be free of me.”


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