Tougaloo College Receives $4 Million Gift to Establish the Dr. Beverly Hogan Endowed Scholarship

Tougaloo, Miss., October 15, 2020 – Tougaloo College has announced the establishment of a $4 million scholarship endowment in honor of Beverly Wade Hogan, Ph.D., president emerita of Tougaloo College. The generous gift was given by philanthropist and noted astronomers, Drs. Julie Lutz and George Wallerstein. The $4 million endowed scholarship is the single largest gift from an individual donor in the history of Tougaloo College.

“Dr. George Wallerstein and his wife, Dr. Julie Lutz, are long-time friends and sustained donors of Tougaloo College. They were such integral participants throughout my presidency and it has been my special privilege to know them and have them as part of our circle of friends and supporters. I am humbled and grateful for their gift to Tougaloo College to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of my presidency and legacy, with scholarship recipients bearing the name of Hogan Scholars,” said Hogan. “I am absolutely ecstatic for Tougaloo, and what this gift offers the college. It provides a significant infusion of scholarship opportunities for students who want a Tougaloo education. Also, this gift provides the college a more competitive edge in attracting students and is certainly a call to others to invest in Tougaloo.”Dr. Hogan served as the 13th president of Tougaloo College, beginning 2002 until her retirement in June 2019. Her 17-year tenure saw Tougaloo positioned among the best liberal arts colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in college rankings. As President of Tougaloo College, she built a strong organizational infrastructure to support a top-quality academic enterprise. A 1973 Tougaloo alumna, she was inducted into the Tougaloo College National Alumni Association Hall of Fame for her outstanding accomplishments and service to her alma mater.

“The entire Tougaloo College family is honored to share in this special recognition with Dr. Hogan. What Tougaloo has achieved is a direct result of her leadership, vision, wisdom, and persistence. Dr. Hogan forged and cultivated a relationship with Dr. Wallerstein and Dr. Lutz that reaped substantial benefits for Tougaloo College. Through these meaningful relationships, Tougaloo is a stronger institution, and she leaves an indelible legacy for Tougaloo College and the higher education community,” said Tougaloo College President Dr. Carmen J. Walters.

The relationship between Dr. Wallerstein and Tougaloo College began through Wallerstein’s involvement with the Brown University/Tougaloo College partnership. “I have long admired and supported the work Tougaloo College has done educating African-American students,” said Wallerstein. “Tougaloo College provides a unique opportunity for students to learn and to be successful in their lives.”

Both Dr. Wallerstein and Dr. Lutz have become increasingly involved in the last 20 years. Their admiration of Dr. Hogan’s work and leadership prompted them to establish the Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan Scholarship Endowment.