A member of the Davidson College Board of Trustees has anonymously committed $2.5 million to Davidson in support of scholarships. Much of the gift is designated to endow a men's basketball scholarship to be named in honor of Head Coach Bob McKillop.
In a recent email to President Carol Quillen, the donor said, "Steph Curry motivated a substantial increase in awareness for the Davidson story in general and the basketball program specifically. Steph and his teammates turned a bright light on a great story that has been in place for a very long time and has only gotten better since. Our reality is the men's basketball program is the most visible microcosm of this larger phenomenon.
"The integrity of the program matches the integrity of the college, an uncommon observation in the modern era of college athletics," he continued. "The attention the program receives raises the demand to meet expectations for that portion of the organization that remains after the players rotate through. Coach McKillop and his staff have consistently met those very high expectations, before and after the 2007-08 dream season. He is an exceptional role model for the college and the community at large."
McKillop is in his 27th year as Davidson's men's basketball head coach, and scholarships play a significant role in attracting top scholar athletes to the program.
"Our program has been built upon the code of honor called TCC-Trust, Commitment and Care-and this magnificent gift is an embodiment of that code," said McKillop. "This donor made a generous commitment which demonstrates genuine care for Davidson College and the genuine trust that the men's basketball program is a mirror of what the college represents."
In addition to athletic scholarship support, the $2.5 million gift includes $1 million to fund scholarships through The Davidson Trust, further advancing the college's deep commitment to educational excellence and access for talented students irrespective of their financial circumstances.
"Partnerships with alumni, parents and friends enable the Davidson community to pursue our highest aspirations, and this donor knows that scholarships help bring the most talented students to Davidson," said Quillen. "This gift also recognizes how at Davidson, athletics further our educational mission. Coach McKillop, specifically, has made extraordinary contributions to Davidson, the men's basketball program and many of our scholar athletes over the past 27 years, and I am pleased to see his efforts recognized in this way."
To date, more than $293 million has been raised in the campaign, including more than $133 million for scholarships.