New Scholarship Honors Former Asbury Faculty

Asbury University honors former faculty members Al and Yvonne Moulton through an endowed scholarship fund.
Al and Yvonne Moulton received the Institutional Advancement Volunteer of the Year award during Reunion 2015.

WILMORE, Ky. — In the Asbury University community, Al ’60 and Yvonne Cochran ’58 Moulton are inspiring figures. Longtime faculty members, volunteers, mentors and friends, the Moultons have invested countless hours in students, colleagues and the University as a whole.

Now, Asbury alumni are giving back in their honor through the Al and Yvonne Moulton Endowed Scholarship Fund for Psychology majors. Thanks to many generous donors, the fund has reached its triggering point, allowing a scholarship to be awarded annually to a rising senior.

The Moulton Scholarship Fund is part one of a two-part initiative of  “Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University” to honor the Moultons. In addition to the scholarship fund, efforts are underway to raise funds to reserve the naming of an entryway to the proposed remodeled Student Center in their honor, creating an area at the juncture of the Student Center and Reasoner Green that will be known as Moulton Commons.

Ignited is the most comprehensive capital campaign in Asbury’s history, funding scholarships, facilities, faculty development and more. Learn more about “Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University.”

This semester, Psychology major Shannon Kenney ’17 became the first recipient of the new scholarship. Fittingly, Kenney found out about the award during a Psychology class.

“It’s a huge honor,” Kenney said. “There are so many brilliant, wonderful people in this group of seniors, and I’m still floored that I had the chance to be the recipient. The financial aspect is a really big blessing, but it’s also been a kind of affirmation. It’s a real encouragement in feeling that I’m pursuing the Lord’s calling on my life.” 

Charlie Shepard ’99, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Asbury, says the Moulton Endowed Scholarship Fund is one more example of the life-changing difference Asbury professors make in students’ lives. 

“It's a message we hear repeated often from alums: the most valuable aspect of an Asbury education is the deep care and concern for them by our faculty,” Shepard said. “The generosity and thoughtfulness of our alumni and friends in funding this scholarship is a demonstration of both their gratitude to Al and Yvonne Moulton for their enduring influence on their lives, and a statement about the importance our alumni place on making sure faculty can continue to personally invest in current and future generations of students.  Simply put — the Al and Yvonne Moulton Endowed Scholarship Fund honors their legacy by following their lead.”

Dr. Jonathan Raymond ’70, chair of the Ignited subcommittee for endowed scholarship funds, says the generational impact of the scholarship mirrors the Moulton’s tremendous legacy.

“Dr. Alan and Yvonne Moulton's impact on so many students — over a period of nearly  50 years — continues to be profound,” Raymond said. “Likewise, the scholarship honoring them has inestimable potential for boosting the university's capacity to assist future Asburians with the expense of a superb, quality liberal arts education like no other.”

The value of the scholarship goes beyond encouraging students and helping make their Asbury education possible. Dr. Paul Nesselroade, chair of Asbury’s Psychology Department, says it’s also an annual opportunity to share with students the story of two people who exemplify what it means to be an Asburian. 

“I’m tremendously excited to be able to tell our current students, even in some small way, about the legacy of the Moulton family,” Nesselroade said. “There is clearly something about the Moultons that epitomizes and represents Asbury. Their lives have been so openly lived and admired by students, staff and faculty alike — it’s just remarkable.”

 

To learn more about “Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury Unviersity,” visit: asbury.edu/Ignited.

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