Chowan grows financial aid to draw more students
Chowan University
September 08, 2010

Chowan grows financial aid to draw more students

Chowan grows financial aid to draw more students
Chowan University
September 08, 2010

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Each North

Carolina Baptist college was invited to submit an article for a feature package

in the Sept. 11 issue of the Biblical Recorder. Scroll to bottom to find links

to all the stories.)

Chowan University appears

bound for yet another record-breaking enrollment year, with more than 585

freshman attending Fall Semester Check-in Day. These exciting numbers do not even

include the 33 masters degree students signed up for the inaugural year of our

new School of Graduate Studies program, nor the 38 Adult Degree Completion

Program students already enrolled. With an increased retention rate, this

year’s total enrollment is looking to exceed 1,200, a record breaking rise over

the 1,080 enrolled last year.

To assist this growing

Christian college’s population, Chowan actively sought a significant increase

in Christian student financial aid like the recently endowed Craig B. and Tucie

P. Vaughan Scholarship, given to express the Vaughan’s commitment to Christian

higher education and the values held by Chowan University, or the $112,000

grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation given to support Southern

Christian women.

Chowan University photo

Murfreesboro Chamber members and Chowan University representatives cut the ribbon Aug. 24 with Gwendolyn Phelps to unveil the new Ward-Phelps Graduate School Suite. From left: John Dilustro, Judy Hatchey, Brenda Tinkham, Danny Moore, Gwendolyn Phelps, Chowan President Chris White, Larry Frazier, and Adele Aycock.

Over the 2010 summer, Chowan

University invested more than $2 million dollars for its students in its

residence hall systems to give them the most modern conveniences and ensure our

campus stays state-of-the-art and meets the green standards of energy efficiency

we are striving for. Other renovations across the 300+ acre campus include the

complete overhaul of our new Reed Hall, which will now house the Sports Studies

and Physical Education department with the neighboring Jenkins Wellness Center

facilities located conveniently next door. The campus also expanded its corners

to include the newly acquired University House, which will become a rewarding

home to the top-ranked Leadership Scholar students.

With the addition of the new

graduate program also came the constructive addition of the School of Graduate

Studies Suite through the generous gifts of our proud donors, like Gwendolyn

Phelps of Tarboro.

“Support from alumni and

friends allows our institution to maximize the educational experience for our

students to the fullest,” explained John Tayloe, vice president for development

at Chowan University. “Students are always first here at Chowan, and people

like Gwen Phelps are making it possible for them to receive a quality Christian


Chowan’s new School of

Graduate Studies offers the only Christian university masters degree program

east of North Carolina’s I-95, and the only Elementary Education Masters Degree

within a 60 mile radius.

“My whole life was reared

with education and church foremost in our hearts and minds,” explained Mrs.

Phelps, a Chowan alum from the class of 1942. “Both mean a lot to me and my


Also donated this year, in

the memory of their beloved parents, President Chris White and his wife Linda

erected an inspiring Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Helms Center to honor

all the military service men and women who watch over our nation.

Located near the 50’

flagpole and 12’ foot flag of the memorial, Chowan also installed an electronic

message board for graphically-enhanced announcements inviting the community to

join us in celebrating all the rich activities happening this year at Chowan.

Chowan is also one of the

few institutions able to increase its employment this year and even expanded

its number of academic programs, adding four new areas of study to the

2010-2011 curriculum.

The largely popular School

of Education has now grown to include the addition of biology education, math

education and English education for a new total of seven majors within the

school, while Chowan’s English major has also grown to include a creative

writing tract. Also new to Chowan this year are 14 full-time faculty positions,

13 new adjunct faculty members, and 22 new full-time staff positions.

One of those staff positions

includes the new Assistant Vice President for Development and Director of

Church Relations, Jarrett G. Banks, assuming the position of the retired Ron

McSwain. Banks’ major responsibilities will be planning all activities that

relate to church and denominational relations including the leadership role on

the Ministerial Board of Associates and the Chowan Christian Service

Association. Banks will be available to speak in churches throughout North

Carolina and Virginia, and will represent Chowan University at state and national

conventions and meetings. Banks will also spearhead the SeniorFest series,

going into its fifth annual event this year.

Chowan University

Location — Murfreesboro

Founded — 1848

Enrollment — 1,200

Undergraduate Students, 33 Graduate Students, 38 Adult Degree Completion


School of Arts and Science,

School of Business, School of Education, Honors College, School of Graduate


President — M. Christopher

White (July 2003-present)

Motto — Faith in your


(888) 4-CHOWAN


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