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$1M endowed scholarship fund honors former Livingstone leader
Shipman family pledges major award
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:37 pm
by Kimberly Harrington

Sheldon Shipman, right, son of former Livingstone College president F. George Shipman, pledged $1 million endowed scholarship fund to the school. Livingstone President Jimmy Jenkins is on the right.

SALISBURY – The family of a former president of Livingstone College made a special presentation at the college’s annual Founder’s Day program that helps STEM students in need.

Sheldon Shipman, son of the late F. George Shipman, the sixth president of Livingstone College, announced Feb. 8 the Shipman family was establishing a $1 million Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of their father.

In reading the agreement at the program, Sheldon Shipman said the purpose of the scholarship is to award financial assistance to students with demonstrated financial need, and who have shown academic excellence on the campus of Livingstone with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average.

“Recipients of this award must be of sound moral character that mirrors the life of Dr. F. George Shipman, his commitment to scholarship, humanity and service,” he said.

Preference will be given to students from the AME Zion Church and to students from the Raleigh-Durham area, who are majoring in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. Candidates who apply for the scholarship and meet the selection criteria will be interviewed by members of the Shipman family – or their designee – for final consideration.

An initial contribution of $250,000 will be transferred to the Livingstone College Endowment with the scholarship fully funded within five years.
F. George Shipman, a 1939 Livingstone graduate, was president from 1969-73.

“In 1969, I was a 15-year-old teenager who carried the mace – I was the mace bearer – when my father was inaugurated as the sixth president,” said Sheldon Shipman. I’m 63 years old today and I am the son of the sixth president, 49 years later, presenting you this endowed scholarship in his honor, and we are pleased to do so.”

Livingstone broke ground in 2016 for construction of the F. George Shipman Science Annex, which will be completed this year. The 16,000 square foot building includes labs for biology and chemistry, research spaces and a state-of-the-art planetarium.

“The legacy of Dr. Shipman was sealed with the naming of our Science Annex Building,” Livingstone President Jimmy Jenkins. “Now, it will be further perpetuated in the lives of these scholarship recipients as they earn their degrees and make positive impacts on society because of this generous offering. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our students, we are grateful to the Shipman family for establishing this endowed scholarship fund.”


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