21 Jun 2019

Alumni Giving to the Annual Fund, Athletics and Scholarships Makes A Significant Impact

Alumnus, Dr. Ruben Cowart Class of 1964 and his wife, Evelyn, made a $40,000 gift to the University, following a commitment to assist his alma mater in its effort to return to, and maintain a stronger position of financial stability.

“The University is fortunate to have alumni with a heart for students and who will influence future generations. We truly appreciate the Cowart’s and their generosity,” said Saint Augustine’s University Interim President Dr. Gaddis Faulcon Class of 1974.

Dr. Cowart, who is a retired dentist and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, says he’s committed to devoting his time and energy to assist Saint Augustine’s University.

“Families of students at historically black colleges and universities rely heavily on loans, to help pay for tuition, said Dr. Cowart.” As sons and daughters of our beloved institution, it’s imperative that we commit ourselves to providing financial support on an annual basis.”

Dr. Cowart founded the Syracuse Community Health Center in 1977 and served as president and chief executive officer until he retired in 2014. He is also a U.S. Army Veteran, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In addition to the Cowart gift, the University also received gifts from Dr. Elvin R. Jones from the Class of 1967. He donated $30,000 to the annual fund and $20,000 to the Department of Athletics. Mr. Herbert Barrow from the Class of 1959 contributed $10,000 to the annual fund.

All alumni support is appreciated and your financial contributions have a significantly positive impact on the University. This results in improvements to infrastructure, academic programs, and the overall student experience. There is still time to make a difference in an SAU student’s life. To contribute, visit the Giving page on the website: https://www.st-aug.edu/giving/.