• A Scholarship Opens Doors
  • Tom and Melinda Cook  + 3 – a true Appalachian family
  • Study in Japan – a student’s dream comes true
  • Vargas’ year in France affirms self-reliance, inspires him to give back
  • A Rich Learning Experience
  • Scholarship making a dream a reality
  • Discovering a fresh perspective on learning
  • Discovering endless possibilities
  • Bobby Martin ’92 – from “lousy student” to magna cum laude to entrepreneur – shares thoughts on success
  • A scholarship opens a door to serving others

1899 Legacy Society member spotlight

  • Hunter and Joy Widener

    For Hunter Widener ’95 and his wife, Joy, making a legacy gift is more than just a way to give back. It is an investment in the future of Appalachian, its students and the transformational experience they believe in.

  • Don and Gladys Lineberger

    For Gladys ’53 and Don Lineberger Sr. ’55, inheriting and passing on the Appalachian Experience has been part of the family narrative for over ninety years. As members of the 1899 Legacy Society, Don said they will continue to share this great experience by helping young men and women prepare to go out into the world and begin their careers.

  • Alice Naylor

    Alice Naylor has a passion for education, a long-held commitment to helping children and a desire to support families with children who have special needs. After more than three decades at Appalachian State University working for all of these aspirations, Naylor has decided to make them her legacy.

  • Sara Charles and Randy Stevens

    There are a multitude of universities with which Sara Charles and Randy Stevens could have developed a relationship. They aren’t from Boone. They aren’t Appalachian alumni, and they have no family ties to the area. But Appalachian welcomed them, embraced them and engaged them as friends and collaborators.

  • A.R. Smith and daughters Margaret Smith Johnson and Katherine Smith Cheek

    When chemistry professor A.R. Smith passed away in 1983, the students now benefitting from his generosity had not been born. Smith, who taught from 1921 to 1958, was one of Appalachian’s first chemistry professors, and one of the people for whom Smith-Wright Hall was named. Before his death, Smith established the A.R. Smith Scholarship in Chemistry, which funds 10 scholarships each academic year.

  • Joe and Sharon Reid

    Appalachian has meant a lot to Joe ’73 and Sharon Reid of Mount Airy, who came to Appalachian already married, and quickly caught the Mountaineer spirit.

  • Dr. Fred Webb, Jr. and Barbara Haynes Webb

    They expressed their ultimate devotion to Appalachian in 1998 through a bequest pledge for The Fred Webb, Jr. and Barbara Haynes Webb Endowed Scholarship for Geology Summer Field Course.

  • Neva Clarke

    When Neva Clarke married her husband Conley in 1941, she could not have guessed that she would be part of creating a legacy to help other young adults for many generations to come.