We are thankful for those who have made an estate gift to Jacksonville State University. Here are their stories.
Chris Reynolds Gives Back to JSU
Chris Reynolds says he's grateful to the people who helped him pay his way through JSU. Now that he's able, he's returning the favor by giving back to his alma mater for future students.
JSU Grad Pays It Forward to His Alma Mater
During his time at JSU, Ed Friar’s plan to become an accountant mixed with his military family background to create a fulfilling career in the Alabama Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Audit Agency. Through a gift in his estate plan, Ed will help future students find success, too.
Lawrence Sharp Gives Back to JSU
Jacksonville State University alum Lawrence Sharp has decided that now is the time to make a significant commitment to the University that he credits with helping him succeed in life.
Darren Douthitt Makes Substantial Planned Gift to JSU
According to Darren, "I grew up in a rural setting so JSU provided me an education beyond the academic realm….The University gave me an opportunity to break out of generational poverty and my college education has had a tremendous impact on my family."
Son Honors Father at JSU Stadium Club
Through a generous gift of $100,000 by Danny and Ro Bryant, the fifth floor entrance of Stadium Tower has been named the Samuel Royce "Mutt" Bryant Lobby in memory of Danny's father.
Remembering Miriam Haywood
"She and James helped a lot of young people go to college at Jacksonville State. They subsidized scholarships; they did anything that was needed to take this school to the next level. They were so caring of young people and the education of young people."
Giving Back to the Institution He Loves
"We must make the most out of everything that is given to us and give back to those that helped mold us. I firmly believe it is our duty to give back, to serve, and help the next generation be better than the one that we are a part of now," he says.
Becoming an Immortal Link to JSU
According to Gary O. Lewis, a '92/'94 Jacksonville State University alumnus, it is never too early to establish a link to the chain of support for your alma mater. Soon after he graduated, Gary linked himself to JSU in a way that would allow him to begin helping students like himself.
From a Very Humble Beginning: Dewey E. Tate, Class of 1962
Giving back is important to Dewey and his family. He gives back to JSU because it "provided a way to earn a college degree for someone without money." He says, "...That degree changed my life in many positive ways, giving me a better life than I would otherwise have had."
Brothers Honor the Past, Contribute to the Future of JSU
Jacksonville State University has played a pivotal role throughout the lives of Raymond and Robert Ringer, who are both '49 graduates. Now the brothers are working to honor the institution-and a highly regarded professor- who had such a resounding impact on them.
Prestigious Scholarship Honors Husband's Memory
"We have always hoped that our actions will inspire others and reinforce the belief that going to school matters," Margaret says. "The scholarship fits well into our way of thinking. We have often tried to make choices in our lives that strengthen and give back to society."