Beatrice and Bert Liles Scholarship Fund Established at AASU
Savannah, GAArmstrong Atlantic State University has announced the establishment of The Beatrice and Bert Liles Scholarship Fund. The fund will be used to create two scholarships that will provide financial support to qualified, full-time students. One scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior majoring in art or music; the other will be awarded to a female junior or senior majoring in math or science.
"The Beatrice and Bert Liles Scholarship Fund will allow the university to support outstanding students in the areas of art, music, math, and science," said Dean Emma Simon, chair of AASU's financial aid and scholarship committee. "The scholarships will be competitive and will involve input from the academic departments."
The endowment fund was established through a bequest of $100,000 from Dorothy Liles, who moved to Savannah in 1980 following a career of nearly thirty years as a reading specialist with the public school system of East Meadow Long Island, NY. Dorothy endowed the fund in memory of her parents, Beatrice and Bert Liles, who instilled in their children a strong sense of the value of hard work and the importance of service to the community.
"In as much as our own mother had been a school teacher and our father served for twenty years as secretary of the local school board, and later president of the Pennsylvania State School Directors Association, it was not by accident that she and I became teachers," said Dorothy's sister Ruth (Liles) Slugg.
Dorothy established the fund in keeping with her longstanding vision of excellence through education that she traced back to her parents. Although a family of modest means, the Liles' provided their children with as many enrichment activities as they could afford, including travel, music lessons, scouting, camping, concerts, and theater performances. All family members played musical instruments and the family orchestra performed in church and community affairs.
Dorothy was a member of several local organizations, including the American Association of University Women, The Sierra Club, and a long-time member of the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church and its' chancel choir. She died on March 19 after a long illness.
Contributions for the endowment of The Beatrice and Bert Liles Scholarship Fund are still being accepted. Anyone who would like to make a donation should make a check payable to the AASU Foundation for The Beatrice and Bert Liles Scholarship Fund. Checks can be sent to the Office of University Advancement at 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA, 31419. For more information, contact the AASU advancement office at 927.5263.
May 7, 2002