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A year ago, Troy University junior
Quinita Jackson was facing a difficult
choice. With much of her existing
scholarship funds coming to an end, the
accounting major from Oxford, Ala., had
to choose between putting her college
career on hold or turning to her mother
for financial help.
“She is a single parent and I just couldn’t
do it,” Jackson said. “She has taken care
of me all my life… and I didn’t like asking
her for money.”
So Jackson was ready to return home
and work, with hopes of returning to
TROY at a later date. And then she heard
about the Lance Robert McLendon
She applied, was selected and is once
again enrolled at TROY fulltime.
“It was a blessing and I am so grateful,”
Jackson said. “It has kept me in TROY
and opened so many doors for me and
my family.”
Making the decision to support TROY
by establishing a scholarship has proven
to be a rewarding experience, said Joan
McLendon. The scholarship is named
for the family’s son, Lance Robert
McClendon, a 2001 TROY business
graduate who passed away shortly after
completing his degree.
“Lance was a very compassionate person
who always wanted to help others,” Joan
said. “We decided that helping students at
TROY was something that [Lance] would
want us to do. And I can promise you that
it has helped us more than it has helped
the students. It is such a good feeling
knowing that we are helping people and
making a difference.”
The McClendon Scholarship is just
one of many programs that have been
established with the support of donations
to the University’s capital campaign,
Building Beyond Boundaries. The public
phase of the campaign was announced
Feb. 11 during TROY’s 125th Birthday
Gala on the Troy Campus. Alumnus and
CNN reporter Tom Foreman served as
master of ceremonies for the event.
To date the campaign has netted more
than $167 million toward a $200 million
goal, and success stories like Quinita’s
are exactly why the capital campaign
was started, said TROY Chancellor Jack
Hawkins, Jr.
“The campaign is about lives changed,”
Dr. Hawkins said. “It’s about giving these
students every benefit and the very best
that we can give them.”
Providing scholarships for outstanding
students is a main goal of Building
Beyond Boundaries, said campaign
chairman Manuel H. Johnson.
“Capital campaigns are about a lot more
than just bricks and mortar,” Dr. Johnson
said. “The money raised for scholarships
will ensure that TROY can compete for
excellent students and allow us to offer
aid to outstanding young scholars who
could not afford college without our
Among the completed projects funded
by the initiative are the expansion of the
Riddle-Pace Baseball Field, the renovation
and expansion of Bibb Graves Hall and
the development of the University’s first
doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing
Practice. Upcoming projects that will be
supported by the capital campaign include
the riverfront academic facility in Phenix
City and a new academic building for the
Dothan Campus.
For more information about the Building
Beyond Boundaries campaign, contact the
TROY Office of Development at (334)
670-3608 or visit
Clower is a coordinator of university relations.
Changing lives aim of
University’s capital campaign
by Matt Clower