Loyalty Campaign for Student Scholarships

Wade Jackson, Gillian Niesel, Daniel Magen, Kayla Goldsmith, Alisyn Keating, Andre Chi, Jessica Womble, Jake Patterson

Welcome to the 2021 Loyalty Campaign!

All proceeds benefit the Loyalty Campaign Scholarship Fund

The History

The Loyalty Campaign was born out of a commitment by Fayetteville residents to build a local private, liberal arts college. In addition to their dedication to higher education, these early donors and volunteers realized the positive effects a university can have on the local community. Universities produce highly-educated graduates ready to take on roles in government, business, and non-profits; they provide performing arts and athletic events that attract visitors from out of town; and they employ great educators and innovators. But we could not do this alone! Every year, the Methodist University Foundation Board, which is made up of local community members, helps us raise a large portion of the funds generated by the Loyalty Campaign. The Foundation Board relies on teams of dedicated volunteers who support student scholarships through donating and asking others like you to donate as well.

Thanks to your LOYALTY:

  • Approximately 2,000 MU students are currently enrolled and on their way to completing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • More than 95 percent of MU students are awarded financial aid and scholarships that make it possible for them to attend Methodist University.
  • More than 13,000 MU graduates live and work around the world, and over half of those reside in North Carolina.

And thanks to your LOYALTY, these numbers will keep growing. MU graduates will continue to make a positive impact on our community and beyond.

Whom Exactly Does the Loyalty Campaign Support?

MU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 77 countries. Methodist awarded nearly $24 million in financial aid last year. More than 95 percent of MU students receive financial assistance, making the Loyalty Campaign critical to the success of our students.

Did You Know?

  • Methodist University is one of the top employers in the region, with nearly 600 employees.
  • MU has recently expanded programs and courses to respond to industry needs. New online courses will bring an excellent education to students around the world as well as help MU connect with its military neighbors.
  • Your gift will continue to benefit the local community as more than one-third of MU graduates have chosen to live and work here in Cumberland County.

Student Stories

Andre Chi“Scholarships were the determining factor in my decision to enroll at Methodist University. Without them, I wouldn’t be here today. ”

Andre Chi ’22
Business Administration
Flushing, N.Y.


Kayla Goldsmith“Scholarships are extremely important and it means so much that I am able to further my education while playing a sport I enjoy so much.”

Kayla Goldsmith ’20
Manning, S.C.


Alisyn Keating“When I realized that I had been awarded a scholarship, I was ecstatic because that meant I got to attend my number one school.”

Alisyn Keating ’21
Forensic Science
Mooresville, N.C.


Foundation Board Leadership 2020–2021

  • President: Sandee Gronowski, First Citizens Bank
  • Vice President & Immediate Past President: Wyatt Jenkins, Wells Fargo Advisors

Executive Committee

  • Dave Allred, ALCOVA Mortgage
  • Myers Coggin, Stay-at-Home Dad
  • Sarah Tilghman, Community Volunteer
  • Kim Thomas, Fayetteville Police Department

Board Members

  • Kevin Bunn, First Bank
  • Carla Council, Townsend Real Estate
  • Nona Fisher, Bottom Line Accounting
  • LeRoy Hodges, QwikMed Pharmacy & Clinic
  • Bobby Hurst, Single Source Real Estate Services
  • Allie Jannetta, Community Volunteer
  • Ryan Johnson, Goosehead Insurance
  • Michele Jones, Cape Fear Orthopedic Clinic
  • Michael Koonce, John Allen Shoes
  • Danice Langdon, BB&T Spring Lake
  • Katy Lolis, Beasley Media Group
  • Reddick Mack, NC Telehealth
  • Jack McGinley, BB&T Good Middling Rd.
  • Brandon Phillips, Carolina Vision Center
  • WC Powers, Powers Swain Chevrolet
  • Jenny Proctor ’87, Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
  • Davis Puryear, Hutchens Law Firm
  • Zach St. Peter, US Logoworks

Do You Own a Business in the Fayetteville Region?

Methodist University has a positive effect on the local economy, benefiting local businesses with an estimated annual economic impact of more than $100 million, which includes construction, operations, and spending by students, alumni, and visitors.

Tax Benefits

Methodist University is a registered non-profit. All gifts made to the Loyalty Campaign are tax deductible.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) let IRA owners who are 70 ½ or older contribute up to $100,000 per year directly from an IRA to the owner’s choice of qualified charities with no federal tax consequences. Consult with a tax advisor to learn how a QCD could potentially benefit you and support MU.