Curley Bonds' Bequest Provides Need-Based Scholarships for Students
A psychiatrist with a California nonprofit mental health organization, Curley Bonds 87C embraced the Emory charge to do well and to do good.
"At Emory, I learned about figuring out who you are as a person and what your contribution to the world will be," he says. Bonds was able to attend Emory only because he qualified for merit scholarships. He appreciates the support he received to help him achieve his dreams. In return, he has made a bequest to support deserving students for whom an Emory education might not be possible otherwise.
"I felt very fortunate to be getting a world-class education, and I want to give back at least as much as I took away. I feel like there are a lot of smart, deserving students who should have that opportunity as well," he says.
Coming to Emory from his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, Bonds was impressed by the variety of people he met from different cultural and geographic backgrounds. A Martin Luther King Jr. scholar at Emory, Bonds feels he was fortunate to have earned a merit scholarship, something that is difficult in the highly competitive world of college admission.
In his practice, Bonds hired an Emory alumna who was able to attend Rollins School of Public Health for her graduate degree because of scholarship support.
"She came from a single-parent home and would not have been able to go back without that assistance," he says. "I realize not everyone qualifies for merit-based scholarships. If there were more need-based scholarships, more students would benefit. That is where my gift is going."
An emeritus member and past president of the Emory College Alumni Board, Bonds also contributes his personal and professional expertise to his alma mater.
"Being involved gives you insight on the university and the value of unrestricted contributions. These gifts really help pay for some of the things that very directed giving misses. Unrestricted giving directly supports students and faculty," he says.