Shelbyville Daily Union

Education

June 4, 2013

Dr. Roger Whitlow named philanthropist of the year

Eastern Illinois University’s School of Continuing Education has chosen Dr. Roger Whitlow as the recipient of the Philanthropist of the Year Award. Dr. Whitlow was honored at the Adult Student Recognition Ceremony and Reception held on April 28. Dr. Whitlow was chosen for this award for his initiation and funding of the new Bachelors of Arts in General Studies (BGS) Degree Completion Fund at EIU.

Dr. Whitlow explained that during his time in teaching adult students, all too often he had seen students who were within one or two courses of finishing their degree, but who had exhausted their financial resources. Some would have to wait a year or more to build up their funds to complete their degree, and some were simply never able to finish at all.

Dr. Whitlow, who, over the years, assisted many of these students himself, said that with his career nearing a close, he wanted to establish a permanent grant program for such students — students in their middle years, who, with their degree can often realize substantial new opportunities in their lives.

For those who would like more information regarding the BGS Degree Completion Fund, please contact the Eastern Illinois University Foundation at 866-581-3313 or 217-581-3313. In addition, you can contact the BGS Program at 217-581-5618 or email bgsba@eiu.edu.

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