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Mrs. Rosa Dunning, Dr. Arthur Dunning and Dean Robert Olin
Mrs. Rosa Dunning, Dr. Arthur Dunning and Dean Robert Olin

Making Education Matter
New Scholarship Honors Rosa Dunning

Their history began at The University of Alabama and now that history will become a legacy. Through a generous donation of $25,000 and a $500,000 estate pledge, Dr. and Mrs. Arthur N. Dunning have established the Rosa Moore Dunning Endowed Scholarship in Communicative Disorders.

As a loving tribute to his wife, the scholarship bears her name. “I had been thinking about it for a while, but the scholarship idea was a surprise to her,” said Dr. Dunning. “It was something I wanted to do to recognize her.” To Mrs. Dunning, a graduate of the communicative disorders department, the naming of the scholarship was quite an honor. “The scholarship fits well into our way of thinking,” she said. “We have often tried to make choices in our lives that strengthen and give back to society.”

The scholarship will be one of only three designated for communicative disorders. “Our field is expected to experience significant growth in the next 20 years and the Dunnings are helping prepare students to meet this growth,” said Dr. Karen F. Steckol, chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders.

Encouraging education and helping students is a responsibility the Dunnings don’t take lightly. “Learning at this level meets a lot of needs for people,” said Dr. Dunning. “The longer we’ve been around, the more we see the need and want to help fill it.” They also hope that their actions will inspire others. Mrs. Dunning put it best when she said, “We hope to reinforce the notion that going to school matters.”

“The Dunnings’ gift will create a legacy for future students who deserve to see first-hand how college is meant to be,” said Dr. Robert F. Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “They are passing on the promise of an education and the possibility of a brighter future.”

The importance of education was instilled in both of them by their parents. Mrs. Dunning grew up in Montgomery and graduated from the University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communicative disorders. She spent over 30 years working with adults and children who have special needs and in regular public education.

Though he started out in the small community of Sweetwater near Linden, Ala., Dr. Dunning’s career path in university administration has led him around the world. At the Capstone, he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, a master’s degree in education and a PhD. in educational administration with an emphasis in higher education. He currently serves as vice president of public service and outreach at The University of Georgia.

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