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Gift for Adult Programs Brings Capital Campaign to $74 Million

A recent $1 million gift to Salem College will not only produce generous financial aid for adult students but also bring Salem within $1 million of its $75 million capital campaign goal for the Academy and College, according to Vicki Sheppard, vice president for institutional advancement at Salem. The gift...

A recent $1 million gift to Salem College will not only produce generous financial aid for adult students but also bring Salem within $1 million of its $75 million capital campaign goal for the Academy and College, according to Vicki Sheppard, vice president for institutional advancement at Salem.

The gift was made by Robert E. Elberson of Winston-Salem. Monies will be used to establish the Robert E. Elberson Scholarships for Adults fund. These scholarships will go to adults ages 23 and up who attend Salem through the Fleer Center for Adult Education.

Elberson’s history of involvement with Salem Academy and College is a long and illustrious one. He served nearly two decades on the Board of Trustees; established the Harriett Branin and Charles Evans Elberson Fund and the Shirley Danner Shouse Scholarship; created the Board of Visitors and served as its first chair; and funded branded marketing for the Fleer Center for Adult Education.

“Mr. Elberson’s financial support of our adult students — many of whom juggle family demands, other jobs and budget restrictions — will be a significant factor in their ability to complete their Salem degrees,” said Sheppard. “We are grateful for this investment by him in Salem’s future, and particularly thrilled that this gift brings us so much closer to the successful conclusion of our Academy and College capital campaign.”