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Wimsatt family establishes endowed scholarship in memory of James I. and Rodman Hays Wimsatt

St. Catharine College recently received word that an endowed scholarship fund in the amount of $100,000 has been established in memory of James I. and Rodman Hays Wimsatt. The proceeds from this fund, which will be administered through the Community Foundation in Louisville, will be awarded each year in the form of a scholarship to a student at St. Catharine College from Washington, Marion or Nelson County who has demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is renewable each year, provided that the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA. 

James I. and Rodman Hays Wimsatt were both born in Washington County. According to their grandson, Robert H. Wimsatt, over the years St. Catharine College became very important to them.

"My grandfather said that he wished SCC had been there when he was a youth," he said. "It would have presented a workable alternative for his higher education."  

James Irvin Wimsatt received the St. Catharine College Veritas Award in 1984. This is the highest honor bestowed by the College. Mr. and Mrs. Wimsatt’s son and grandson visited the campus recently and discussed their pride in establishing this scholarship fund in memory of their parents and grandparents, respectively. The Wimsatt’s son, Joseph H. Wimsatt, who now resides in Louisville, said that the family hopes that this scholarship will help students from this area further their education for many years to come.  In addition, the family would like to see it inspire others to establish scholarship funds as well.  Donations to the general scholarship fund may be made in any amount. Annual funds can be set up in amounts starting at $500.  For more information about how you can support SCC students with scholarship gifts, contact Molly Smith in the Advancement Office at (859) 336-7610.

What a wonderful and meaningful way to honor a family legacy. The students, faculty and staff of St. Catharine College wish to express our sincere thanks to the Wimsatt family for this generous gift that will mean so much to our students.

Founded in the Dominican tradition in 1931 and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catharine College, a Catholic Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.