Gillie Scholarship to Benefit Elementary Education Students at Concord College

For Immediate Release: 
May 07 2003

Gillie Scholarship to Benefit Elementary Education Students at Concord College

Athens, W.Va. - A new scholarship has been presented to Concord College. Charles and Ann Sampson, Bluefield, W.Va., have established a scholarship to benefit elementary education majors at Concord College. The scholarship memorializes Sampson's sister Mary Holroyd Sampson Gillie, who graduated from Concord College in 1928. She taught in elementary schools in southern West Virginia, including Clothier, Amherstdale and Coalwood.

"Concord is rich in history and tradition, and a Concord legacy has been passed from generation to generation in my family," stated Colonel Charles W. "Chuck" Sampson, USAF (Retired). I can think of no better way to honor my sister than to establish this scholarship for a promising education student from West Virginia attending Concord College. Mary loved Concord and was always eager to discuss her strong allegiance to her alma mater. Mary had a love for teaching.

"Our Grandmother Gore was a daughter of the Holroyd family that was involved in the establishment of the College. My mother Gertrude Gore Sampson and her seven sisters all attended Concord, as well as my four sisters and me. She was also a school teacher and taught for over 40 years in Mercer, Boone and Logan Counties."

The Gillie Scholarship will be awarded to elementary education sophomores who are residents of West Virginia and maintain a 2.5 GPA (grade point average). It may be held for six consecutive regular semesters, providing that the recipient remains in satisfactory academic standing and is in good standing with the office of student affairs.

Those wishing to contribute to the Mary Holroyd Sampson Gillie Scholarship Fund may make checks payable to the Concord College Foundation and designate funds for the Mary Holroyd Sampson Gillie Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be sent directly to the Concord College Foundation, Inc., PO Box 1000, Campus Box 83, Athens, WV 24712.

For more information, contact the office of development at 1-304-384-5317 or


Photo: Concord College President Jerry Beasley receives a check from Colonel Charles W. “Chuck” Sampson, and his wife, Ann.