Anne Kelly studied home economics at
the State Teachers College in Farmville in the 1930s. Her parents had saved enough money for her first two years. After that she helped pay her way with a job on campus. Reflecting on her days at Longwood she says, "I enjoyed working with the professors. We didn't have a lot of money then. Nobody did. But the people in the town were so nice to the students. The churches were so open and good to us."
She also got a "little bit of help" from her Aunt Alice. Alice E. Carter was graduated from the State Female Normal School in Farmville in 1905, joined the education faculty in 1920, and taught here for 33 years. Aunt Alice, according to Anne Kelly Bowman, "dedicated her life to Longwood."
Mrs. Bowman's graduation was over 60 years ago. She became a teacher, raised a family, and has now retired on the family farm in Staunton.
To this day, she says, "You don't forget Longwood."
And she hasn't. In 1989 she established the Alice E. Carter Scholarship, awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student at Longwood who is planning to teach.
In addition to this and other contributions, Mrs. Bowman has served as national chair of the Longwood Annual Fund Campaign.
Now for the challenge.
Mrs. Bowman will match dollar-for-dollar all new and increased gifts (that's whatever is over and above last year's gift) to the Longwood Fund or Parents' Fund. Therefore, when a supporter who contributed $50 to the Longwood Fund in 1999-2000 gives $100 in 2000-2001, the Bowman Challenge makes the total gift $150.
Franklin Grant, Director of Planned and Major Gifts, calls Mrs. Bowman one of Longwood's "true blue" alums. He says, "Her leadership is important. If Anne Kelly Bowman's name is on the challenge, people know it's worth supporting."
And after 60 years of supporting Longwood, Mrs. Bowman believes the college is headed in the right direction: "It can't help but be headed in the right direction with the student body and the people who work there. It's a good community. There are good relationships with the whole community.
I have mighty good friends here [in Staunton] who are Longwood people too. We like to keep things going."
Keep things going. Meet the challenge.
Longwood student volunteers will phone to secure your pledge to help fulfill The Bowman Challenge during the following weeks February 26 - April 8 (2001).