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  • September 17, 2014 Constitution Day William Peace University is delighted to invite members of the community to our annual Constitution Day! Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is a  Federal holiday established in 2004 recognizing the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. September 17 marks the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia. The law establishing this holiday was created with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as "Citizenship Day". In addition to renaming the holiday "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions, and all federal agencies, provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. (Note: This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.) More information will be forthcoming regarding special programming from the Office of Student Services and the Director of Student Activities. view Event
  • October 5, 2014 Women's Alumni Softball Game 2014 with a Home Run Derby & Family Cookout William Peace University will host an Alumni Softball Game with Coach Charlie Dobbins on Sunday, October 5 at 12:00 p.m. at WPU's Wachovia Softball Field. 1:00 p.m. - HOME RUN DERBY 2:00 p.m. - BALL GAME Cookout to follow! Green Giants, Peace Pride, and Pacers are all welcome to come home for the Women's Softball Alumni Game! Check out the details on our Facebook page. view Event
  • October 15, 2014 The Importance of Being Earnest William Peace Theatre presents Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Amy White. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, The Importance of Being Earnest is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personae to escape burdensome social obligations. The play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Its high farce, humor and witty dialog have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play. TICKETS: $5 students / $10 Alumni, Senior Citizens, Faculty & Staff / $15 Adults SEATING: General Admission Purchase individual tickets online here. Purchase season tickets online here. 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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