Mitchell gifts Wallace State $372K for endowed scholarship for female students in need

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Wallace State Community College President Dr. Vicki Karolewics, right, accepts a donation to the Wallace State Future Foundation from Gary Mitchell, the nephew of the late Vervil Lovene Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell made a planned gift of $372,000 to the college for an endowed scholarship fund that provides up to four scholarships each year.

HANCEVILLE – The Wallace State Community College Future Foundation recently accepted a $372,000 planned gift from the estate of the late Vervil Lovene Mitchell of Hanceville.

“We are extremely humbled by Ms. Mitchell’s gift to the Wallace State Future Foundation,” said Suzanne Harbin, director of advancement at Wallace State. “Her thoughtfulness and foresight in including the college in her estate planning will help many students achieve their dreams forever.”

Established as an endowed scholarship, the gift will fund up to four scholarships each year for tuition and fees. Ms. Mitchell asked that the scholarships be offered to female students in need of financial assistance to complete their educations.

Ms. Mitchell passed away in June 2016 at the age of 93. She was born in Cullman in 1923 to W.J. and Mattie Rice Mitchell. She was a retired professor from the University of Florida and authored many books dealing with estate planning, insurance, personal finances and child rearing. She was also a talented wood carver. One of her nephews, Gary Mitchell, presented the gift to Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics.

“We are very grateful to Ms. Mitchell for her investment in Wallace State,” said Karolewics.

The Wallace State Future Foundation was established in 2004 and provides scholarships to students whose educational needs cannot be met by their current resources. Through generous gifts and fundraising efforts, the Future Foundation now has more than 40 endowed scholarships and more than 80 named and endowed scholarships. Since 2007, the Future Foundation has awarded more than 2,000 students scholarships totaling more than $1.3 million.

For more information about the Future Foundation, visit or contact Suzanne Harbin at 256-352-8144 or For more information about Wallace State Community College, visit or call 256-352-8000.