$2 Million Lottery Winner to Fund Scholarship at Shaw University

Shaw Unviersity

{Dallas, TX – November 18th, 2014}

A longtime worker at Shaw University is using her $2 million lottery prize to fund a scholarship and help with her grandchildren’s education. Marilyn Fields has family ties to Shaw University . Her husband Charlie, and their son Brandon, are both graduates. Her daughter Nina attended the school also. Marilyn Fields created the Richardson Johnson Fields Endowed Scholarship in September, and plans to complete her giving to fulfill the $25,000 endowment requirement with some of her lottery winnings.

Marilyn Fields says she also wants to encourage alumni of the HBCU to give back to Shaw Though it was the first black university in the South – opened in 1865 – only 8 percent of its 10,000 graduates were regular donors prior to the 2012 academic year. A campaign to increase alumni support brought the number up to 32 percent, and the university is hoping to raise it to 46 percent.

Shaw University, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is the first historically black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation. For almost 150 years, Shaw University has produced outstanding professionals who have contributed to the advancement of society. Shaw was a co-founding member of the NCAA Division II’s Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference, the oldest African American athletic association in the U.S.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.