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Grateful lawyer bequeaths $140 million to 3 NC universities

October 9, 2017   |  Associated Press

Three private North Carolina universities will share $140 million bequeathed by a Charlotte attorney and business investor, the schools said Monday. The money left by Porter Byrum is for scholarships for students to attend Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, Queens University of Charlotte and Wingate University. With this final gift, the Wake Forest alum who died this year at age 96 provided the three institutions more than $235 million in all, they said. Wake Forest will receive about half the final bequest.

Ryan Beaver won one of the merit-based scholarships created with Byrum’s money, which paid for his Wake Forest law degree. Beaver said he came to know Byrum, and he always gave the same explanation for his generosity: “I’m doing this to help give others the opportunity to experience the education that I did, and hopefully have the benefits of it that I’ve had.”

Man behind record scholarship gift inspires recipients

October 9, 2017   |  88.5 WFDD

The $70 million gift to Wake Forest comes from the late Porter B. Byrum, bringing his lifetime giving total to more than $120 million. The money will go toward student scholarships targeting first generation and middle-class college students like Jessica Bell, a Winston-Salem attorney who graduated in 2005 from the Wake Forest School of Law thanks to Byrum’s helping hand. To date, Byrum’s scholarships have allowed more than 350 Wake Forest students to have the same educational opportunities he enjoyed.

The AP story appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and many other top national outlets. Additionally, the Byrum gift was covered by national higher education media – such as Inside Higher Ed and Chronicle of Philanthropy – as well as many local and regional media. They include, but are not limited to, the Charlotte Business JournalCharlotte ObserverTriad Business JournalWinston-Salem JournalGreensboro News & Record and the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Smithsonian to display Wake Forest research

October 9, 2017   |  Winston-Salem Journal

Wake Forest University has participated in a yearlong process with the Atlantic Coast Conference, partner ACC universities, and the Smithsonian Institution to create the first “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival.”

In the wake of Las Vegas Massacre, a discussion about modern gun culture

October 9, 2017   |  88.5 WFDD

The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. When these horrific events take place, the aftermath is almost predictable – pitting pro-gun control advocates against Second Amendment champions. Wake Forest University Sociology Professor David Yamane is an author and gun owner who writes the blog Gun Culture 2.0. He’s spent the last several years closely studying the grey area between the two camps and spoke with WFDD’s David Ford.

Media Report for Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2017

October 9, 2017   |  WFU News & Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2017 is now available online.

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