Honoring student champions

When President Ronald A. Crutcher completes his term in office at the end of the academic year, the college plans to inaugurate a scholarship named for him and his wife, Betty Neal Crutcher.

Alumnae/i, parents and friends are gathering to create the Ronald and Betty Neal Crutcher Scholarship as a tribute to their visionary leadership over the past 10 years. The effort will result in both an endowed scholarship fund and a Wheaton Fund scholarship that will be awarded immediately.

“This is a particularly fitting honor, given the Crutchers’ professional commitment as educators and the many deep relationships they have developed with students,” said Thomas Hollister, chair of the Wheaton College Board of Trustees.

The Crutchers’ involvement with students is personal. Each year, they greet first-year families when they arrive for orientation, helping to unload minivans, answer myriad questions and share a warm welcome. They stay connected with these students, personally mentoring dozens of young women and men.

In addition, the Crutchers’ philanthropy has been directed to scholarship aid to help ensure that students will not face excessive student loan debt after they graduate.

The Ronald and Betty Neal Crutcher Wheaton Fund Scholarship will confer annual scholarships for the 2014–2015 academic year to deserving students on the basis of academic merit, extracurricular achievements, and/or community service.

For more information on the Ronald and Betty Neal Crutcher Wheaton Fund Scholarship, please contact the Wheaton Fund at (508) 286-8226 or email WheatonFund@wheatoncollege.edu.