A retired educator and Fayetteville State University (FSU) alumna who wanted to honor her late husband has made a $30,000 donation to the institution. Nealie McLean, a 1952 graduate of Fayetteville State University (FSU), made the donation to establish the Dexter and Nealie McLean Endowed Scholarship. Her goal is to contribute $100,000 to support band and athletic scholarships.
“She was one of 14 children and two of them received degrees from Livingstone and one from A&T (North Carolina A&T State University), and three from FSU, including my mother,” said Roger McLean, Nealie McLean’s son. “Three other siblings attended FSU but did not attain degrees. One other sibling attended A&T, but did not finish. Her mother Mable Bacote was a strong supporter of higher education and was once honored by FSU as educator of the year. Also, all 29 of Mable Bacote’s grandchildren attended college. Ten of her 14 children attended college, with six of them receiving teaching degrees.”
Nealie McLean, who taught in the Robeson County School System for 32 years, has four children of her own. Three of her sons graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham, and her daughter is earned a degree at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg.
Nealie McLean is no stranger when it comes to giving to FSU. She is a proud member of the Bronco Legacy Circle. The Bronco Legacy Circle recognizes alumni and friends who have remembered FSU through a planned gift or bequest. It has two distinct branches. The C.I. Brown Club is named in honor of Charles I. Brown, a former FSU alumnus and faculty member. It is for members whose financial commitment to the university has been made in outright cash via a bequest or will or another deferred gift program. The Katie C. Forshee Club is named for alumna and former faculty member Katie Forshee. This group includes members whose financial commitment to the institution has been made through a gift of real property or other asset, other than cash, via a bequest or will or another deferred gift program.
“My mother and family were tremendously pleased when she was honored and allowed to be a part of the Legacy Club at FSU,” Roger McLean said.
Nealie McLean is one of FSU’s most respected and revered alumni. Her support to the university is testimony to her love for the school, said FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson.
“As demonstrated by the number of college graduates in her family, it is apparent education is important to Mrs. McLean,” Anderson said. “I am extremely grateful that she wants to see the children of other families get the education that they deserve. This donation will certainly benefit young men and women who otherwise might not be able to get a college education.”
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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