Upcoming Events
  • March 10, 2015 Teacher Network Fair Presented by the Office of Career Services The William Peace University Office of Career Services invites WPU students to attend the Teacher Network Fair held in conjunction with Meredith College. The event is scheduled for March 10, 2015 in Belk Dining Hall on the Meredith College campus from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is a Career fair for education majors seeking teaching positions; Private and public schools systems from the southeast will be in attendance. Questions? Contact Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. view Event
  • March 17, 2015 WPU Speaker Series: Howard Mortman of C-SPAN William Peace University welcomes C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman as part of the William Peace University FREE Guest Speaker Series on March 17th at 3:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Mortman comes to William Peace University as part of the Scripps Howard/AEJMC Social Media Fellowship Program. WPU Associate Professor of Communication, Dr. Lynn Owens, won the competitive fellowship and spent two weeks in Washington, D.C. working with Mortman and his team at C-SPAN this past June. On his visit to WPU, Mortman will also be guest lecturing in Communications courses and working with students one-on-one to review their professional portfolios. During his campus visit, he will discuss the exciting and often tumultuous challenge of covering politics in Washington, D.C., as well as how social media is being used to reach and engage audiences. Members of the WPU Community and local media professionals are invited to attend at no cost.  To reserve your spot, click here. About Howard Mortman Howard Mortman is a member of the executive leadership team for the nation's only public affairs cable TV network, and leads the organization’s million-followers-strong social media efforts.  Mortman worked previously as Public Affairs Directors for New Media Strategies, and as the Communications Director for the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. He was also a producer for the MSNBC Program “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” About William Peace University: William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and began admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. William Peace University wishes to make all events accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Titles I and II of the ADA of 1990, and Sections 503 & 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Reasonable accommodations to fully participate in on-campus events may be made by contacting the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362.  For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu. 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
  • March 17, 2015 Founder's Day Tea & Presentation Celebrating the Founding of Peace Institute in 1857! The William Peace University community is invited to a special Founder's Day presentation and Tea in Main Parlor, featuring Peace College Alumna and William Peace historian, Besty Johnson Shaw '51 '83, with words from WPU's William C. Bennett Chaplain Rev. Dr. R. Lee Carter, and a short presentation by WPU students. Join us for a wonderful discussion about the founding of Peace Institute and our founder William Peace. Enjoy a lovely tea, check out items from our history made possible by Finch Librarian Diane Jensen, and learn more about the history of William Peace University. To register a seat for this FREE event, R.S.V.P. by March 12, 2015 by clicking 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

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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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