The Sarah Worthington Duncan Fund for Scholar Athletes is made possible by a generous commitment from three generations of the Duncan family–Anne and Charles Duncan Jr., Leslie and Charles Duncan III, and Sarah Worthington Duncan '15. The scholarship will recognize students who are difference makers in their sport and in the classroom.
Named for Sarah Worthington Duncan '15, a cum laude graduate and member of the women's lacrosse team, the scholarship will be used to recruit impact players who will elevate the level of athletic performance at Davidson and be leaders on campus. The scholarship recognizes those whose skills and abilities are vital to the Davidson experience: outstanding academic and personal skills, leadership ability, a commitment to service and the drive to succeed. The scholarship is available for award to players from any athletic program.
Sarah's grandparents, Anne and Charles, witnessed their granddaughter excel at Davidson. They watched the combination of Division I athletics, a vigorous liberal arts curriculum and the college's strong honor code help mold their granddaughter into a dedicated, moral leader.
"We hope this scholarship will attract leaders who can be further developed through the special experiences that are offered at Davidson," said Charles Duncan III. "Additionally, our goal is for Davidson to be more competitive in its recruitment of premier scholar athletes–athletes who receive multiple offers from elite colleges and universities. We want this program to make a difference for students who are weighing their options, and who have a great deal to offer Davidson."
The scholarship provides support to extraordinary scholar athletes, regardless of financial background.
"Davidson offers scholar athletes a challenging holistic educational experience that prepares them to lead meaningful lives of impact," said President Carol Quillen. "Our students compete at the Division I level and enjoy small classes, research and internship opportunities, and a supportive community founded on integrity. This generous commitment from the Duncan family will enable us to recruit to Davidson extraordinary scholar athletes who become exceptional leaders–here on our campus and in the broader community and world."
Now an analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York, Sarah Duncan believes Davidson prepared her for success, and her experience as a Division I athlete was integral.
"My time at Davidson was transformative," she said. "From competing on the lacrosse field, to studying in China, to interning on Wall Street, Davidson was a catalyst for leadership development, and my family is proud to offer that opportunity to future generations of scholar athletes who will represent the Wildcats with the highest level of integrity, drive and teamwork."
Crossan Cooper '20, a talented swimmer from Scottsboro, Ala., has been named the inaugural Duncan Scholar. On Nov. 1, Crossan was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week. Since then, he has continued his stellar rookie season, taking home three first place awards and sweeping his only events of the weekend in a dual meet with Georgetown. Crossan remains undefeated in the 1000 freestyle and has not recorded a place lower than third in each of his four meets this season.
"The performance ability that Crossan has already demonstrated as a member of our team is exciting," said Head Swimming Coach John Young. "I'm confident that he'll be a difference maker not only as a teammate in the pool, but also as a peer in the classroom. We are exceedingly grateful to the Duncan family for providing the scholarship resources that made it easier for Crossan to choose Davidson. By helping to eliminate cost as an obstacle for extraordinary student athletes, the Duncan Fund will have a remarkable impact not only for athletics at Davidson but for the college overall."