Jeannie Felts '68 and the Joe M. and Jeannie Daniels Felts '68 Endowed Scholarship in the Lloyd International Honors College
Jeannie Daniels Felts '68 always believed in art's power to capture the human experience. The former business owner has dedicated her retirement to exploring the human condition through art and writing. But in 2016, at UNCG's Lloyd International Honors College Honors Banquet, she saw that belief burning bright in younger generations.
"I was awed by Shelby's bravery, integrity and creativity," Jeannie said. "I knew I wanted to support budding artists like her."
Shelby Scattergood '16 was a guest speaker at the 2016 Honors Banquet and used the opportunity to showcase photographs of her paintings exploring her journey with depression. Her courage and artistic expression inspired Jeannie and her husband, Joseph, to establish the Joe M. and Jeannie Daniels Felts '68 Endowed Scholarship in the Lloyd International Honors College. This merit-based scholarship supports students majoring in visual arts, providing opportunities such as lectureships and study abroad experiences they otherwise would not have.
This was not the first time Jeannie was so inspired. Her aunt, Lucy Forlaw Daniels, Class of 1919, encouraged her to attend UNCG. There, Jeannie furthered her passion for art, history, and humanity, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the skills needed to carve a successful and fulfilling life for herself.
To honor the education she received and support her tenaciously student-focused alma mater, Jeannie and Joe also named the Honors College a beneficiary of their life insurance policy.
"I'm so pleased with what UNCG has become and where it's heading," Felts says. "Education is something no one can take away, and I hope the education and opportunities these students receive will inspire them. I hope the support we give them encourages them to support others."
Jeannie leaves a legacy of generosity, a lasting testament to her dedication to revealing and elevating the human experience.