Kentucky Wesleyan College Lands $165,000 in Estate Commitments

Owensboro, Ky. (July 2, 2018) – Kentucky Wesleyan College has received two estate commitments totaling $165,000 to benefit the school’s General Scholarship Fund. Ben ’59 and Linda “Eni” (Huffaker) Abbott ’59 have designated $100,000 to the College, and the school received $65,000 last week from the estate of the late Dr. Alberta (Chapman) Hall ’53.

“We are deeply appreciative of the support from the Abbott family, as well as Dr. Hall,” said Tom Keith, Vice President of Advancement. “Their generosity will provide opportunities for current and future Wesleyan students to pursue their dreams while carrying on the legacy they created themselves – first as students and now as proud alumni.”

The Abbotts, who both graduated in 1959, met in the deferred payment line of the Kentucky Wesleyan Business Office in 1957. To recognize the couple and their lifelong commitment, the College will name the “Ben and Linda “Eni” (Huffaker) Abbott Business Office,” located on the first floor of the Barnard-Jones Administration Building, in their honor, while also recognizing them with a commemorative plaque in the Hocker-Hall Grove. Ben served on the Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 1977-1993 and was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2016, while Linda remained supportive of Kappa Delta sorority, both as a student and an alumna.

“Kentucky Wesleyan is where we met one another and made lifelong friendships,” said the Abbotts.  “We had professors who cared about us as individuals and helped us chart our own paths, which is what a Wesleyan education is all about.  We enjoy giving back to a place that means so much to us.”

Dr. Alberta (Chapman) Hall was a 1953 graduate of Wesleyan. She later earned a PhD in Education from the University of Kentucky, and served as a Professor of Business Administration at Murray State University for 25 years before retiring in 1984.

For more information on leaving a legacy to Kentucky Wesleyan College through your estate, contact the Office of Advancement at (270) 852-3142 or