HPU Receives Gift From Alumna For Scholarship Fund


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 22, 2011 – High Point University recently received $90,000 to establish the Bertha Connelly Maw ’33 Scholarship Fund from the estate of Maw’s husband, Alvin. The fund will be used to provide scholarship support to students with high financial need. 

After graduating from HPU, Maw began a career in education and retired as a librarian for Pickens County Library in Easley, S.C.  She was a life-long member of Fairview Methodist Church, and active in the Methodist Conference – receiving the Methodist Service pin. During her life, Maw was also active in community and civic affairs, was an accomplished genealogist and historian, and an active member of the Old Pendleton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Maw’s father died when she was 12 years old and she came from humble beginnings. Her hope was to provide scholarship support that would help give future generations of students a strong start.  

“We are always honored when someone thinks of supporting future generations of students through their estate planning,” says Bill Doerr, senior director of Institutional Advancement at HPU. “We hope that this scholarship fund will provide resources for future students who may not otherwise have the same opportunities.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President and Chief of Staff


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