Why I Give to Bethune-Cookman University: Mayola Williams


Mayola Williams, 1977, Business Administration

I give because it is my duty to share the blessings that have been given to me.

I give because it warms my heart to help others.

I give because I believe in supporting the legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. 

I give because I want to set an example of service for my children and grandchildren.

I am currently the Financial Secretary for the Volusia County Alumni Chapter, and has served as Treasurer for eight years.  I am a life member of the National Alumni Association. Last year, I was the recipient of the Edward Rodriquez service award. I am also a member of the Bethune-Cookman Women’s Advisory Board. 

My two youngest grandchildren live in Daytona Beach, and have been actively involved with Bethune-Cookman since they were toddlers.  My grandson was Little Mr. Wildcat for two years. He has attended the summer youth programs sponsored by the University and is currently a member of the Male Explorers.  My granddaughter was Little Miss Wildcat for two years and is currently a member of the Cub Cats Cheerleaders.  They have toured the Foundation and attended alumni meetings with me, as well as many other activities. They know the rewards of giving and the sense of pride that you feel in sharing. 

I don’t know what college my grandchildren will choose when they graduate from high school. But if they choose Bethune-Cookman University, I want them to know that I did my part in supporting this institution with my time, talents and finances. 

While the University is currently going through some very difficult times, if the alumni will focus on Dr. Bethune’s purpose for building this institution and do all we possibly can to  support and build on her legacy, Bethune-Cookman University will continue to be a place where students can get a quality education and experience the legacy and tradition that we all know and love.

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