Businessman Establishes Endowed Scholarship at USA;
Sponsors Library Study Room
businessman Ross Sloan has awarded the University of South
Alabama a $100,000 gift that will support both the
College of Arts and Sciences and the University Library.
gift provides for an endowed scholarship in USA's College
of Arts and Sciences, sponsorship of a group study room in
the new addition of the University Library, and support for
the library's collection development.
wanted to establish a permanent, working memorial to a man
I believe was the greatest
administrators join USA benefactor Ross Sloan, right,
and his daughter, Marci Jarrell, in the University Library
as they view the new Albert Schweitzer Center and Group
Study Room during its recent dedication. From left:
Dr. Joseph Busta, vice president for development and
alumni relations; Dr. Richard Wood, dean of University
Libraries; President Gordon Moulton; Dr. David Johnson,
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Jarrell
of all time and perhaps the most moral man in history,"
he said. "I very much believe in education as did Schweitzer,
and my desire is to focus on what should be priority."
University President Gordon Moulton recently recognized Sloan
for the gift at the dedication of the group study room sponsored
by the local businessman.
"Ross Sloan is not only a successful businessman but
also a person who exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of Albert
Schweitzer," Moulton said. "He is a tremendous benefactor
of the University and has dedicated himself to the betterment
of others in an unselfish manner. His gift will motivate and
inspire future generations of scholars."
Sloan's $50,000 gift to the College of Arts and Sciences
established the Albert Schweitzer Endowed Scholarship Fund,
which will provide for a $2,500 annual scholarship
to an undergraduate student majoring in any of the college's
The scholarships will be awarded to students who best reflect
the humanitarian ideals of Schweitzer through community service
to the underserved.
"This gift reinforces efforts to bring greater attention
to the importance of service learning," said Dr. David
Johnson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "It
fits well with our goal to motivate students to increase the
community service that they provide as part of their time
here at the University."
Sloan's $50,000 gift to the University Library established
the Albert Schweitzer Center and Group Study Room,
and helps to build the Arts and Sciences Collection Development
Located in one of the library's 18 new group study rooms,
the center is marked with a plaque and decorated with memorabilia
featuring Schweitzer--a physician, philosopher and 1952 recipient
of the Nobel Peace Prize.
The room will contain a catalog of library holdings that lists
works authored by Schweitzer as well as those written about
him. Material in philosophy, medicine, music and other fields
associated with Schweitzer will also be provided by the collection
The Schweitzer room is the first among what is hoped to be
many privately sponsored student study areas in the University
Library's new 53,000-square-foot addition.
"One of the primary purposes of sponsorships is to build
collections that memorialize specific people, subjects or
events," explained Dr. Richard Wood, dean of University
Libraries. "This allows donors to show their appreciation
for a particular person or topic and to share this enthusiasm
For more information on supporting USA, contact the University's
Office of Development at 460-7616 or 460-7084.