Former Willamette Employee Establishes New Law Scholarship
Clyde B. Spence, a Korean War veteran who worked at Willamette University for 15 years, recently established a $100,000 scholarship fund to support the College of Law. The Clyde B. and Constance B. Spence College of Law Veterans Scholarship Fund will provide financial support to first-year law students who are veterans of the U.S. military. He also established a separate $50,000 scholarship for the College of Liberal Arts.
From 1979 to 1994, while working at Willamette's Physical Plant office, Spence performed a range of maintenance activities across the university campus, including many projects at the College of Law, where he developed numerous longstanding friendships. His wife, Constance, worked as an assistant to former Willamette University president Jerry Hudson and others during the same time period. Constance passed away last year, and Spence sought to honor the couple's love for the school by establishing the new scholarship funds.
"Clyde's dedication to and love for Willamette is touching, as well as inspiring," said College of Law Dean Symeon C. Symeonides. "This most generous gift certainly will make a major difference to future generations of Willamette law students who proudly served in the armed forces."
The Clyde B. and Constance B. Spence College of Law Veterans Scholarship Fund will be awarded to eligible incoming law students beginning with the fall 2010 semester.
Dean Symeon C. Symeonides, Clyde B. Spence and Interim-President Larry Large