graduated from Fayetteville State in 1964 with a degree in Elementary Education. While celebrating her 40th Class Reunion in 2004, she, along with several others, was challenged by classmate Willis McLeod to make a legacy gift to the university. Strange decided to make a legacy gift by naming the school as beneficiary of her life insurance policy. She designated her gift to go towards the Willis McLeod Rise Scholarship.
“I checked with my insurance policy and they told me I could use the university as beneficiary,” Strange said. “It makes me feel wonderful to know that I have done something for my college which enabled me to get out and be successful in my career.”
Strange spent her career as an educator and retired in 1996. She originally wanted to attend a different university so that she could go into nursing but decided to attend FSU because her sister was there. Strange said she has no regrets about her choice and has the fondest memories of FSU.
“I grew up as a farm girl and it was my first time away from home,” Strange said. “Growing up as a farm girl in Harnett County, we had no clue what we could do after we graduated. We had a teacher that inspired us to go to school … my sister went to school to be a teacher so I chose to go to Fayetteville State too.”
Strange still stays in contact with the friends she met at FSU and visits campus on a regular basis. She said she always enjoys being back on campus for homecoming and other events. She feels great about making her legacy gift to the university that will provide for students through scholarships and said she highly recommends that others give through these avenues.
With this planned gift, Strange becomes a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle. To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead trust. Supporters become a member of the Legacy Circle when they provide FSU with a copy of their will or codicil to their will.
Strange has two children and five grandchildren.
The Bronco Legacy Circle is a designated group that honors those who designate FSU as a beneficiary through planned giving. To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead trust. Supporters become a member of the Legacy Circle when they provide FSU with a copy of their will or codicil to their will.
“I was told as a young child, ‘If you have something so good than why not share it with someone else.’ FSU was a place that I couldn’t wait to share with someone else and I decided to share it through giving,” Campbell said. “FSU gave me an opportunity to change my life and I would like to give someone else the opportunity to change their life.”
Campbell, who serves as the chapter president of the Triangle-Durham FSU Alumni Chapter, majored in Biology at FSU and has since obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University. She currently works at Duke Clinical Research Institute as a Clinical Research Associate.
Campbell remembers the fun times she had at FSU making life-long friends and staying up all night long chatting with her girlfriends. She hopes her bequest can help others to have similar experiences and she encourages others to donate through planned giving.
“I would encourage others to donate … I always promote positive giving to our magnificent university,” Campbell said.