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Funding the Future

Joe Keelty '44

from The Bridge: Fall 2012/Winter 2013 issue

David Phillips, who receives the Keelty Honor Scholarship, embodies the W&L student-athlete.Joe Keelty '44 has made a six-figure outright gift to support the Keelty Honor Scholarship, which he endowed in 1981. A full-tuition award renewable for four years of undergraduate study, the scholarship has benefited 22 students from the Baltimore area. "The Keelty Scholarship has meant the world to me," says pre-med neuroscience major David Phillips '13. "It is one of the reasons I came to W&L."

"I have a lot of respect for W&L," says Keelty. "I wanted to give others less fortunate than me the opportunity to go to W&L and have the benefit of the W&L experience."

Keelty himself attended for only two years and never took his degree. "World War II interfered with my education," he explains. After commissioning as a Naval officer in the Pacific, he joined the family business rather than return to school.

Keelty sat on the W&L Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1988. "Serving on the board got me back completely committed to the University," he explains. "I appreciate the quality education and the standards W&L has chosen to uphold."

In addition to his outright gift, Keelty has made a provision in his estate for the University. "I made this designation for the same reasons as the gifts I have made during my lifetime--to continue to allow deserving students from my area to be able to go to W&L."