HPU Parent Establishes an Endowed Scholarship

Jul 22nd, 2022

HPU Parent Establishes an Endowed Scholarship

Pictured from left to right are Stephen Vozar, Richard Newman, Bonnie and Jessie Vozar of Chicago, Illinois. Bonnie recently established the Vozar Family Endowed Scholarship at HPU.


HIGH POINT, N.C., July 22, 2022 – High Point University parent Bonnie T. Vozar of Chicago, Illinois, recently established the Vozar Family Endowed Scholarship.

“I am honored that many in our HPU community, like the Vozars, believe in our mission, vision and desire to help our students in their pursuit of education,” says HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “Named endowments and scholarships allow us the resources to provide financial assistance to students in perpetuity, while also ensuring they are able to remain focused and fully engaged in the classroom.”

Bonnie is married to Richard Newell and has two children, Stephen, a rising sophomore entrepreneurship major, and Jessie, an incoming freshman in HPU’s exercise science program. While at HPU, Stephen has remained involved with his family’s philanthropy and community service initiatives, both within the HPU community and his interests supported by the family’s foundation.

“Our family values the time and effort it takes to be active participants in the communities where we live, learn and work,” says Vozar. “As a mother, I make an effort to teach my children the importance and spirit of community service. I admire how HPU actively teaches their students to embody a service attitude. I am so excited to have the opportunity to endow a scholarship to support students and to name it in honor of my children. This will provide them with another connection to the university and the community we hold dear.”

Vozar originally grew up in South Florida. She graduated from George Washington University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. In 2000, she graduated from George Washington University with a master’s degree in program management. Vozar had a successful career at Motorola for 25 years, working in several departments such as sales, international marketing and program management. In 2001, she left the company and started working for her family’s foundation, the Topfer Family Foundation. The foundation was founded in 2000 by Bonnie’s father, Mort Topfer. Vozar serves on the foundation’s board of directors and supports their grant-making processes. The Topfer Family Foundation supports five key program areas within Austin, Texas and Chicago, Illinois. These program areas include child abuse prevention and treatment, youth enrichment, job training and support services, children’s health and aging in place. At HPU, Vozar has been an active supporter of the Jewish Life program and the HPU Fund for Extraordinary Education. She is passionate about supporting these program areas, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.

For more information about how you can make a difference with an endowed fund, please contact Chris Dudley, senior vice president for development, at cdudley@highpoint.edu or McKennon Shea, associate vice president for development, at mckennon@highpoint.edu.