Since funding their first Usahwira Scholarship in 2006, Gary and Jane Powell have supported the education of five female students. Their commitment to education helps to prepare Africa University graduates for leadership roles across the African continent.
The Powells, both born in Oregon, were reared in families that stressed the value of education, church and being of service to others. They fulfilled their educational aspirations and built rewarding careers—Jane in the clothing and design industry and Gary as a United Methodist minister in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.
With careers and family, education has been a focal point. That can be seen in their support of Rust College in Mississippi and the Stand for Children education advocacy organization in Oregon. By designating their funds to female students, the Powells further the potential for generational economic impact that will improve the lives of students and the communities where they live and serve.
Jane and Gary Powell have included Africa University in their estate plans, which assures that future students will benefit from their commitment and generosity. “Education is the key that unlocks a brighter future for Africa and for our world,” said the Powells. “With two daughters of our own, we can think of no better use of our financial resources than providing opportunities for young women to attend college. We are excited to provide an ongoing legacy that will benefit Africa University for generations to come.”
Andra M. Stevens, Director, Communications, Africa University Development Office
A World Service Special Gift is a designated financial contribution made by an individual, local church, organization, district or annual conference to a project authorized as such by the Connectional Table. Current World Service Special Gifts projects include the Africa University Endowment Fund, the Leonard Perryman Communications Scholarship for Ethnic Minority Students, the Methodist Global Education Fund, the National Anti-Gambling Project and the Lay Missionary Planting Network.