Assistant Vice President for Legacy Gifts
Office of Advancement
2 East South Street
Walter North was no stranger to the financial burden of higher education. In addition to teaching sociology at Knox College for nearly 40 years, he served as the first director of financial aid at Knox for 30 years. A pioneer in the college financial aid profession, North trained many financial aid officers at other colleges and universities. He testified before Congress and wrote several influential reports on financial aid in higher education.
It is no surprise that someone so instrumental in the field of financial aid chose to help Knox support the financial need of students by establishing an endowed scholarship. The Betsy North Scholarship was established in 1980 when Walter’s daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” North passed away. Walter gave religiously to the scholarship each year thereafter, often bringing his gifts to campus as $20 bills bundled with a rubber band in groups of $1,000. When he passed away in January 2013, he left his entire estate, including his home and belongings, to Knox and the scholarship.
Through his gift to Knox College, North honored the memory of his daughter and is continuing his dedication to financial aid by ensuring that bright, young students will continue to have the opportunity to attend Knox College.
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