Student scholarships at Pacific Union College received a substantial boost after a recent $1.2 million gift was granted from the Carl and Carolyn Williams Charitable Remainder Trust.
PUC President Dr. Ralph Trecartin emphasized the powerful impact that gifts like this can have on the future of students at the college, as well as the extreme importance of continued support.
“This type of gift provides great encouragement as we move forward with our vision and plans to strengthen our academic programs,” Dr. Trecartin said. “It makes it possible to continue building stronger and more dynamic educational offerings and to make sure more young people are able to join us and benefit from an Adventist higher education. Carl and Carolyn Williams knew the importance of bringing students into the PUC family so they can be prepared for the future—but also so they have an opportunity to connect with God, to grow in their faith, and to nurture their walk with Him.”
Carl and Carolyn (Thompson) Williams graduated from PUC in 1951 and never stopped being advocates and friends of the college. The couple invested in PUC students throughout the years by supporting scholarship funds through generous gifts of property, and they had donated more than a million dollars to the school before leaving this gift in their trust.
“When alumni, or supporters of any kind, choose to leave gifts to PUC through a trust or estate plan, they are guaranteeing that their legacy will benefit the college that they loved and supported in life, even after they have passed,” said Kellie Lind, PUC’s vice president for alumni and advancement. “The legacy of Carl and Carolyn Williams is clearly one of generosity. That legacy will live on at PUC and through the students who benefit from the couple’s investment in the future. We are so grateful.”
The $1.2 million gift is the latest of multiple substantial donations to PUC’s advancement department in 2021 as the college has been putting an increased focus on its vision for the future. The vision outlines a detailed plan for the next several years for PUC.
By Staff Writer