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  • January 12, 2015 Manning Music Series Concert: NC Symphony William Peace University's Manning Music Series presents a FREE Concert featuring musicians from the North Carolina Symphony on the Kenan Hall stage on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. The Manning Music Concert Series is made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 and the Manning Music Series Fund. For the 2014-15 performing arts season, the Manning Series will include 5 free concerts ranging from jazz, classical and contemporary to Broadway performances. Additional Manning Series concerts this year include: Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three of the Manning Series events. RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE MANNING SERIES HERE. William Peace University wishes to make this event accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event please contact the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362.  Please make your needs known as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for effective accommodations, preferably at least 5 business days prior to the event. view Event
  • January 16, 2015 Raleigh's Village Idiots William Peace Theatre presents "Raleigh's Village Idiots" January 16-17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Idiots perform short- and long-form improv comedy. Scenes, stories, games and songs are improvised at your suggestion. Exactly what the combination is on any night... Your guess is as good as ours! For more information on the Idiots, visit their website. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE view Event
  • February 5, 2015 The Piano Lesson A Celebrating Black History Month Event William Peace Theatre presents August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Piano Lesson, directed by Amy White, M.F.A., through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy -- an antique piano. The fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle, The Piano Lesson is a stunning and moving drama of family, history, and survival. The William Peace Theatre Company actors selected for the cast include:  DJ Curtis as "Doaker" Jarrett Bennett as "Boy Willie" Josh Walker as "Lymon" Ebony Miles as "Bernice" Maya Bryant as "Maretha" Chris Haskins as "Avery" Demetrius Jackson as "Wining Boy" Breanna Durham as "Grace" Tickets go on sale soon! view Event

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William Peace University’s Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship Awarded Grant By The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

By William Peace University on July 30, 2013 12:45 pm

William Peace University’s Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship
Awarded Grant By The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
Four-Year Baccalaureate University Receives
Generous $170,000
Grant From Longtime Supporter

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded the institution’s Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship with a $170,000 grant. A long-standing endowment for William Peace University, the scholarship was founded in 1991 by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in honor of Mary Lily Kenan, a sister of William R. Kenan, Jr. and an 1896 graduate of the Peace Institute. A leading purpose of many grants delivered through the Kenan Charitable Trust has been to support education, with an increased emphasis on enhancing excellence of teaching and increasing student access to high-quality education. Specifically selecting individual institutions to support, the Trust offers various initiatives, including endowed professorships, scholarships and fellowships of distinction for colleges, universities and art institutions. Increasingly during the past two years, the Trust has also supported K-12 education and hunger-relief.

The Kenan family has a longstanding relationship with Peace. Mary Lily Kenan’s sister, Jessie Hargrove Kenan Wise, also graduated from Peace Institute in 1887. In 1979 the Kenan Charitable Trust awarded a grant to establish the William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund, named after Mary Lily and Jessie’s late brother, in an effort to recognize the Kenan family’s vested interest in Peace. One contribution from this fund assisted in the creation of Kenan Recital Hall in the Browne/McPhearson building on campus.

In its creation, the Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship represented scholastic opportunities for prospective students as well as the institution’s first full scholarship for students. For the last 22 years, the Mary Lily Kenan Scholarship has signified the single highest academic honor presented to a student of William Peace University. Awarded annually, the scholarship recognizes a student who exemplifies academic excellence meeting specific criteria, including ranking in the top 5 percent of his or her high school graduating class, a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and an SAT score of 1100 or above. Following an on-campus interview and written essay, William Peace University’s Vice President for Engagement determines the scholarship recipient. Once enrolled, the scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years if the recipient maintains a grade point average of 3.0 and receives no grade below a “C.”

“We are truly honored to receive this William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust grant, which will greatly assist in furthering the educational opportunities for future students of William Peace University as we work to prepare marketable graduates for careers of tomorrow,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “A longtime supporter of our institution, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust recognizes the educational offerings of William Peace University, and its generous donations open the door for us to promote education and further our recruitment efforts across the country.”

 

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