Clarksville native and West End High School alumni Virginia Bowers, now Dr. Virginia Howerton, made a $2.5 million gift to Virginia Union University during the 120th Commencement Exercise held at VUU last month. Dr. Howerton, who graduated from West End High in 1961, went on to VUU, graduating in 1965.
The gift is the largest singe gift to the university from any individual in the history of Virginia Union University.
Dr. Howerton went on to become the owner of ViGar Enterprises and The Crimson Development Company as well as Vice-President of Winnar Enterprises, Inc., a management consulting firm.
Formerly, Dr. Howerton served as project director for the dislocated workers program at the University of the District of Columbia.
It has also been announced that Dr. Howerton will be seated on the Virginia Union University Board of Trustees.
Virginia Union University President Hakim J. Lucas announced the gift during the recent Commencement Exercise, saying that the $2.5 mil- lion donation “will allow us to fulfill a few dreams and goals.” These, he said, include strategic growth and development priorities, historic preservation and full scholarships for qualifying students.
“She is an angel for our students, and she is making a major impact on Virginia Union University.” Part of the gift will be used to establish the Howerton Scholars, a program to support freshmen students who reside in the city of Richmond, have a
GPA of 3 or higher and intend to major in English. At the commencement, Dr. Howerton was award- ed the first Doris and Steve Bullock Presidential Medal of Honor for her continued support of the school and its students
The noted actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover delivered the keynote address at the commencement exercises.