The E. L. White Society

The E. L. White Society is an organization of individuals who support the University of North Carolina Wilmington through a gift plan of $25,000 or more, typically created by a future interest gift through a will, trust, life insurance, IRA and other bequest methods. The society is named after a former Wilmington mayor and Wilmington College Board of Trustee who made the first planned gift to the college through his will. Mayor White’s initial gift still exists in the university endowment and supports scholarships at UNCW.

The society was initiated in 2002. Each year, members of the E. L. White Society are invited to a special induction ceremony for new members, hosted by the Foundation for the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Inc. New members receive a copper seahawk sculpture mounted on a granite base from the Chancellor in appreciation of their support. Each seahawk is an original piece of artwork, created expressly for the E. L. White Society members by acclaimed Wilmington artist, Dumay Gorham III.

All individuals who have included UNCW in their estate plans at this level are encouraged to inform the university of their generous gift intentions by contacting Barry Tomlinson at (910) 962-3214.

2011 inductees

Jane and Keith Elmore
Carroll and Wilbur Jones
Jean and Bill Smith
Barry Tomlinson
Eleanor and Philip Wright


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