Averett prides itself on offering its students financial assistance in the form of scholarships, many of which have been created thanks to the generosity of its alumni and friends. Recently, a scholarship established by the Class of 1954 many years ago received its largest contribution to date. The estate of alumna Betty Lou Hanlon, '54, made possible a gift to the scholarship of more than $206,000. Hanlon died September 27, 2010, after a long battle with cancer.
After she graduated from Averett with her associate's degree, Hanlon moved to California with her mother where she found a job as a secretary. In the early 1960's, she joined the United States Information Service (USIS) as an administrative assistant to various public affairs officers. The job, which allowed her to pursue her passion for adventure and travel, took her from Pakistan to Panama.
She eventually left USIS and moved to Houston, Texas, where she worked for some of the city's best known executives before retiring. During her years in Texas, she was active in Executive Women's International, was on the Board of Retirees for the University of Houston and volunteered with a group that mentored troubled girls in Katy, Texas.
Hanlon's generous gift to the scholarship allows her adventuresome spirit to live on for generations to come as new students enter Averett pursuing their big dreams.
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