By Victoria Gill
Elm Staff Writer
Former Chair of the Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors, H. Lawrence Culp Jr. ’85, gifted four scholarships of $80,000 each to the children of General Electric employees.
Culp graduated from WC with a degree in Economics, and worked within the business field post-graduation. In September of 2018, he became the CEO of General Electric. Culp remains a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors. During his four years as chair, Culp was known for his generous gifts to the College.
“It was an honor to work with Larry Culp, he is one of the country’s finest business leaders,” President Kurt Landgraf said.
In 2015, The Chestertown Spy reported that Culp endowed $1.6 million toward scholarships for students enrolled in George’s Brigade.
While the George’s Brigade scholarships were given to students who did not have the income to pay for a private education, they were also required to fulfill certain academic requirements. For these new scholarships, there will be no academic requirements. According to Landgraf, they will be implemented for the incoming class of 2023.
At the same time, the National Honor Society scholarships, given to students who were NHS members at the time of admission to WC with a 3.0 GPA, will be re-implemented. These scholarships are awarded to students at $18,000, an increase from $15,000 according to The Talbot Spy.
The merit scholarships are guaranteed to these students. According to Landgraf, students are able to qualify for up to $30,000, based upon their demonstrated academic needs. These scholarships will also take effect for the incoming class of 2023.
“A liberal arts education is the best, but also costly — we greatly appreciate any assistance to our students,” Landgraf said.
These scholarships and endowments continue to prove the college’s commitments to make higher education institutions affordable to students, according to The Talbot Spy. They also state that WC is the only higher education institution that offers an automatic scholarship to NHS students for more than 20 years.
“I wanted to extend that opportunity to other students who would otherwise lack the resources to attend [Washington College],” Culp told The Chestertown Spy.