A Helping Hand
"I had a wonderful time at Davidson, and I didn't think about going to college anywhere else," said Lake. That's due in part to his family's legacy of Davidson graduates. When creating a scholarship to honor that legacy, he focused on preachers' kids-affectionately known as "PKs"- with whom he shared a connection. The Julian and Robert J. Lake Scholarship honors his late father and brother, Julian '28 and Robert '66, who were both Presbyterian ministers.
All in the Family
Each spring, with no shortage of affection to go around, the Lake Scholars dinner is more family reunion than official gathering. At one event, PKs Claire Covington '09, Charlotte Myers '10 and Brianna Deutsch '11 shared news of their latest activities, while the Lakes in turn heaped on encouragement and words of wisdom.
Benefits of Membership
Charlotte Myers readily offers that the Lake Scholarship was her "first time to benefit from having ministers as parents!" A German and pre-med major from Camp Hill, Pa., she had planned to attend a state school until learning about the Lake Scholarship. While at Davidson, she's had the opportunity to study abroad. "I spent a semester in Germany, and I plan to return there on a Dean Rusk grant and work on my thesis," said Myers.
Brianna Deutsch applied to many small liberal arts colleges, but living in Dexter, N.M., made it impossible to visit the Davidson campus. "Being awarded a Lake Scholarship played a huge role for my family when it was time to accept admission," said Deutsch. "The decision felt right because it's clear that the Lake family truly cares about its scholars." Studying comparative religion, she appreciates Davidson's emphasis on social justice, and has participated in the Chaplain's Office Journey to Nicaragua and study abroad in Turkey, India and Thailand.
"The Lakes are a dear family and they treat me like one of their own," said Claire Covington, an economics graduate from Bowling Green, Ky. Interested in the nonprofit sector and possibly teaching, she says that "without the generosity of the Lake Scholarship, I wouldn't have been able to attend Davidson, form lifelong friendships and enjoy the good relationships I had with the professors."