Alumni give back to A&S and future students

Doug and Stephanie Calhoun Establish Endowed Scholarship Fund

Two successful alumni who graduated with A&S degrees have made a generous gift to the college to “support the next generation of young professionals from Kentucky and express their deep commitment to ducation and supporting opportunities for students.”

Douglass and Stephanie Calhoun have established the Calhoun Family Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide support to a student “who has overcome adversity, has professional aspirations and a demonstrated commitment to the community.”

The  scholarship is for Kentucky residents with a declared A&S major and can be used by the student for tuition, fees, and books.

Douglas Calhoun, II, graduated with a degree in biology and was a college athlete playing U of L Letter in Basketball, Football & track. Stephanie Calhoun completed a double major in Sociology and Psychology. They are the proud parents of Sydney and Shelby Calhoun.

Mr. & Mrs. Tim and Nancy Pifer

Tim and Nancy Pifer established a scholarship endowment in the History department. The scholarship is to support an undergraduate student from a rural community majoring in History. Tim grew up in West Virginia and Nancy in Ohio. The Pifers both had very successful military careers and are life-long learners.  Tim returned to UofL after retirement and completed a masters degree in History. He was so impressed with the faculty and his fellow students, he wanted to provide an opportunity for many students to come to earn a history degree from UofL. The Pifers are leaving an estate gift to the department which will be the largest gift ever to the Department of History at the University of Louisville. 


Mr. Walter K. Smith “The Old Guy on Campus”

Walter K. Smith attended UofL on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in History from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1950. Following his college career he started Smith Glass Company, a family window and glass company. Walter is better known for being the forever learner. For more than 17 years Walter has taken advantage of UofL’s continuing education courses for senior citizens. Generations of A&S students have shared a classroom with the now 85 year old Mr. Smith. He is extremely proud of being “the old guy on campus.”  Walter has provided a scholarship endowment for students in the College of Arts & Sciences that will honor the memory of his wife Frances K. Smith.


Judge & Mrs. Dwayne and Joy Woodruff

A $100,000 gift from the Woodruffs established the Woodruff Academic Suite in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, where all student athletes have the opportunity to go for tutoring, access to computers, and academic support.

Dwayne was a football player, business school student, and Vice President of the Miller Hall residents council. A&S alumna Joy was President of the Threlkeld Hall residents council and pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha at UofL. The two met at a resident's council meeting and married their junior year of college. After graduation Dwayne was drafted to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and during the office season he attended Duquesne University School of Law earning his law degree. He is now the Pittsburgh Family Court Judge.