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The ‘Wow’ Factor Inspires Scholarship Planned Gift From Pamela Pryor 69C 70G

Pam Pryor

Pamela Pryor 69C 70G is paying forward Emory’s generosity to her.

Because Pamela Pryor 69C 70G accepted Emory College’s offer to take classes during high school and then a scholarship to attend as an undergraduate, she is making a planned gift to spur academic excellence for Emory College students of the future.

Her planned gift for scholarships targets a critical time in a person’s life. “It is very much a change in someone’s life when they leave high school,” she says. “It determines a lot. I want the gift I have pledged for my legacy to benefit someone else at Emory like Emory benefited me.”

In the early 1960s, Pryor attended a summer scholars program at Emory as the only African American participant. She received college credit for the two summer classes, and overall the program was an excellent experience. “In and around the country’s institutions of higher education then, there was so much going on that was not good,” she recalls. “Emory, though, was ahead of the curve. That summer I was 15 years old, and everything went smooth as silk. Emory saw to it.”

As an Emory undergraduate, Pryor majored in physics, then earned a master’s degree in science education from Emory. “Scholarship funds made my education at Emory a reality. I appreciated it so much that I decided that if I can give to make someone else have a story like mine at Emory, in whatever large or small amount I can give, I will.”

Pryor also has given to Candler School of Theology, Emory Libraries, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, and the Laney School of Graduate Studies. Generally, her gifts honor special friends and relationships, foremost her parents.

She also draws philanthropic inspiration from Emory’s support of the Decatur Book Festival and the guided international trips sponsored by the Emory Alumni Association.

“I am an Emory advocate and admirer because through the years Emory has been about doing everything with class and style, and its reputation has grown worldwide. My planned gift is about keeping those doors open so that children who are 2 or 8 or 12 years old right now can get to Emory and say, ‘Wow,’ like I did.”

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