Inspired by the Shepherd Program's connection to the local community, a group of W&L alumni and friends have come together as the Friends of Rockbridge (FOR) with a goal of endowing support for these activities so they may continue in perpetuity. Their efforts are led by FOR co-chairs David H. Martin '92 and M. Kevin McCusty '80. Foundational members of FOR have pledged or given between $10,000 and $150,000 in three- to five-year pledges to reach the group's $1 million goal. Others have become participatory members of the Friends of Rockbridge, donating in accordance with their means. All gifts will permanently support the work of W&L students in the Rockbridge community, and public recognition of the Friends of Rockbridge endowment will testify to the support W&L alumni provide to the community that helped nurture them during their time on campus.

Contributions and pledges are now just over $900,000 and we hope to achieve the $1M goal by the end of the 2013-2014 academic year at the time of Harlan Beckley's retirement.

For more information or to join the efforts of the Friends of Rockbridge, please contact Shepherd Program Founder Dr. Harlan Beckley, Shepherd Program Director Dr. Howard Pickett or Nancy McIntyre, Director of Development for the College: