Planning to Make a Difference

Lisa Holland Ridpath, Radford University’s associate vice president for finance and administration, has strong ties and appreciation for the education and career opportunities she has received at RU. Recently, she decided to give back with a planned gift.

Ridpath ’91, MBA ’99, has long contributed annual gifts to her alma mater in a show of support and appreciation. When she spoke to a colleague in University Advancement, however, she learned she could leave a more lasting contribution in the form of a planned gift.

“They provided me five scenarios to consider, and I was really surprised at how easy and attainable it is to establish a planned gift,” Ridpath said.

When the terms of the planned gift have been met, the funds will be used to create an endowed scholarship. Although Ridpath set preferences for how the scholarship should be awarded, any academically eligible Radford student will be able to apply, Ridpath said.

“I wanted the scholarship to be broad in order to help as many students as possible,” she said. “I was a first-generation student, a double alumna of RU, and I’ve worked at the university for almost 22 years. RU has provided me a lot of opportunities, and I look at this as an opportunity to assist future students in achieving their educational goals.”