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We thank all our donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.




Bishop James M. and Mrs. Dorothy B. Ault

Bishop James M. and Mrs. Dorothy B. Ault

The Bishop James M. and Mrs. Dorothy B. Ault Endowed Scholarship Fund will assist future Africa University students to realize their full potential for leadership. The Aults’ gift highlights a longstanding connection with Africa that Mrs. Ault and the late Bishop Ault shared. Elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church in 1972, Bishop Ault, together with Mrs. Ault, soon traveled to Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) to learn more about the denomination’s work and mission in Africa.

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Dr. Ronald L. Hauswald and Mrs. Mary Hauswald

Dr. Ronald L. Hauswald and Mrs. Mary Hauswald

Ron and Mary met at the University of Indianapolis (formerly Indiana Central College) and married on June 12, 1955.  After Ron’s graduation from the School of Dentistry, the couple moved to Fort Knox, KY while Ron served in the US Army.  In 1959, they moved to New Albany, IN where Ron opened a dental practice, ultimately practicing dentistry there for over 40 years.

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Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. and Mrs. Deliliah (Dee) Hayes

Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. and Mrs. Deliliah (Dee) Hayes

Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. retired in 2016 as the episcopal leader for the Oklahoma Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church after having served three quadrennia (2004-2016).  As bishop, he presided over 530 churches in the Oklahoma Annual Conference and 87 churches of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference.

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Mrs. Betsy Lyon Hendrix

Mrs. Betsy Lyon Hendrix

For many years, Betsy was a stay-at-home mom, busy rearing three boys and participating in the usual church, community and civic activities. When her late husband, Cliff Hendrix, passed away in 1992, Betsy returned to the work force and has worked at the Ft. Myer Memorial Chapel, Ft. Myer, VA, since 1992.  The chapel is adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Mr. James McKimmy and Mrs. Lou Ann McKimmy

Mr. James McKimmy and Mrs. Lou Ann McKimmy

Jim and Lou Ann have been active in The United Methodist Church for many years and are members of Central United Methodist Church, Traverse City, MI.  They are also volunteers in various civic and community activities.

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Ms. Vaudra M. Rushing

Ms. Vaudra M. Rushing

Vaudra M. Rushing was born in Carbondale, IL on February 18, 1924, to Lee W. and Mae C. Rushing.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a year of special education at Scarritt-Bennett College (Nashville, TN); and her master’s degree in Religious Education from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, DC).

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Rev. Daniel R. Stone and Mrs. Ruth Ellen Prevo Stone

Rev. Daniel R. Stone and Mrs. Ruth Ellen Prevo Stone

Dan and Ruth Ellen Stone have always been interested in Africa, missionaries, and mission projects of the church.  Ruth Ellen was associate council director of the former North Indiana Annual Conference when she first learned of the denomination’s plan to build a university on the continent of Africa.  She was a member of the Conference delegation that traveled to the university in 1994 for its official opening.  Seeing the first buildings on the campus confirmed all that she believed and encouraged her interest in supporting the university and its students.

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Dr. Arthur L. Youngman and Mrs. Linda V. Youngman

Dr. Arthur L. Youngman and Mrs. Linda V. Youngman

When Art and Linda Youngman first visited the Africa University campus in 1995, the university was in its third year of operations; the renovated old farm buildings that once served as residence halls, administrative buildings, and classrooms had been replaced with a few permanent structures; and the acacia trees that had been planted across the campus were mere saplings.  Art and Linda, both life-long Methodists, heard of the establishment of this new university while members of University United Methodist Church in Wichita and became more intrigued when they were given a lapel button encouraging support for the new institution.

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