by TSU NEWS (1) on JULY 3, 2013
NASHVILLE (TSU NEWS SERVICE) – Tennessee State University graduate Vernice Marie Taylor Gray died nearly nine years ago, but not before makings plans to ensure that students in need get the opportunity for a quality education.
The estate of Vernice and her late husband, Elbert Gray Jr., has donated $600,000 for scholarships for students attending TSU.
The fund, established under the Elbert Gray Jr. and Vernice Taylor Gray Memorial Scholarship, will be used at the discretion of the University to fund two “financially disadvantaged” male and female students from Tennessee each year.
“This is certainly great news for Tennessee State University,” said President Glenda Glover. “We are pleased to announce this donation, which provides not only money but makes it possible for less fortunate students to get an education. We commend the Elbert Gray Jr. and Vernice Taylor Gray Trust for this scholarship program.”
Vernice, a native of Memphis, who moved to San Diego, Calif., with her parents in the early 1940s, met California native Elbert in 1948. The two were married four years later in 1952.
After attending San Diego State University for one year, Vernice transferred to TSU where in 1950 she graduated with a B.S degree in social administration and a minor in Spanish. She worked at Convair and Juvenile Hall, and later went back to school and received a master’s degree from California Western University in 1965. She taught for about five years at St. Jude, Our Lady of Guadalupe and later with the San Diego City Schools, before retiring after 20 years because of poor health.
Vernice, a resident of Del Carro, Calif., died Jan. 12, 2004. Her husband, Elbert, died in 2012.
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