Family of Unity College professor honored with endowed scholarship

Jan 17, 2014

The family of Unity College Professor Gerry Saunders has been honored with a gift that will create an endowed scholarship in their name.

The undisclosed sum will memorialize the beliefs and interests of Phil and Ardath Saunders by providing scholarships for Unity College students, especially those in the Secondary Education program seeking secondary science teacher certification.

Saunders noted that giving back to support nonprofit and charitable causes is consistent with his family’s beliefs and practices. Called tithing (giving a portion of one’s inheritance or income) in some traditions, Phil and Ardath always shared their good fortune in this way, Saunders says.

“We decided to follow their [tithing] practice and tithe from our inheritance from them, giving to organizations with missions that we support and where the money could make a difference,” Saunders explained. Saunders says that Unity College was selected as a recipient because of its strong environmental mission and way that it develops future natural resource and environmental education leaders.

The Phil and Ardath Saunders Memorial Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit, with priority being given to students in the Secondary Education program seeking secondary science certification and who are engaged in student teaching.

“This is a wonderful gift that will support the aspirations of Unity College students for generations to come,” noted Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, senior vice president for external affairs. “We express the most profound gratitude of the College to the Saunders family for this gift, and feel honored that the College was chosen because its mission so closely reflects the values and beliefs of Phil and Ardath Saunders.”

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