Walker alumnus establishes new COB scholarship

June 5, 2012

A proud Walker College grad, and member of Appalachian State's 1989 national championship cheerleading squad, so loves his alma mater he's established a scholarship to help future students pursue their college goals in Boone.

M. Lee Barnes Jr. '90 MGT, president of the Durham-based Family Fare convenience stores, has created the Lee Barnes Scholars Program. According to ASU News, the four-year, $200,000 pledge "will support students who are majoring or intend to major in a field of study within the business college, who have financial need, and whose high school record demonstrates significant accomplishment and high academic achievement."

Two students a year will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Barnes says they will reward effort and potential.

Lee Barnes"Appalachian draws me back there to want to do something for students graduating from high schools in North Carolina,” Barnes said. “This scholarship is for students who have a lot of academic potential and show great promise and who have had to work hard in school.”

Barnes’ philanthropy to the university began as a senior when he contributed $100 to the “buy a brick” campaign in support of construction of Raley Hall, home to the business college.

Barnes continued to contribute to the university, expanding his support of the business college and contributing to Appalachian athletics.

Barnes, along with his wife, Christy, established the Duane D. Daggett Endowed Professorship in the Walker College of Business in 2008, the university’s only professorship established by an alumnus in honor of a faculty member. The professorship is awarded to an outstanding faculty member in the Walker College of Business Department of Management. ...

Barnes said it’s never too early for students and young alumni to consider supporting their alma mater and that no gift is ever too small.

“When I began my career at age 22, I never imagined I would be able to do something like this,” Barnes said. “ASU is about the people, the people who helped us get to where we are today. I suggest all young alumni try to do a little something and see where it goes.”

“Lee Barnes is an outstanding example of the way Appalachian alumni enhance the academic environment of our campus and support student success,” said Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock.

More details at ASU News.

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