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SAFE Fund expands academic support for faculty and students

July 3, 2018

Join us in support of the Hughlene Bostian Frank and William Allen Frank Student and Faculty Excellence Endowment (SAFE fund).

Long-time member of the College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council, Hughlene Bostian Frank ’68, called for an expansion of the Dean’s Fund in April of 2015. The Dean’s Fund had been set aside for student research, faculty symposia and a variety of other activities to advance the academic successes of the college. As founding contributors to the endowment fund, the Bill and Hughlene Frank wish is that their gift will provide long term funding and challenge other members of the Advancement Council to contribute as well.



With an emphasis on student and faculty engagement, the SAFE Fund supports expanded academic activities; provides funding to students and professors for scholarship-related travel; provides for the purchase of research equipment; supports publication and provides honoraria for visiting lecturers and many other value-added activities that include our faculty and students.


Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences will open two funding cycles for its students and faculty, once in the spring and once in the fall. Students and faculty will go through an application process online in order to be eligible for funding.


In further consultation with the Franks, the college decided to ensure a long-term commitment to the SAFE Fund by using the Franks’ contribution for the establishment of an endowed fund where only the earnings of the fund are used to support SAFE Fund activities. Together, the college, the Franks and members of the College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council, have a goal of securing $250,000 in gifts and pledges over the next five years for the Hughlene Bostian Frank and William Allen Frank Student and Faculty Excellence Endowment.  


"We invite you to join our efforts to reach this goal. Almost every student at Appalachian State will benefit from the College of Arts and Sciences regardless of their major. Your gift will benefit so many of our students as a result.

To receive academic support through the SAFE Fund, visit College of Arts and Sciences SAFE Fund.