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Davidson alum gives $500,000 gift for wrestling scholarships

A 1968 graduate of Davidson College has given a total of $1 million, to be split evenly for wrestling and lacrosse scholarships, the North Carolina school announced this week.

Lowell Bryan
Lowell Bryan has an affinity for both programs, having wrestled for the Davidson WIldcats in the 1960s ... while his daughter competed in lacrosse at Davidson. Now Bryan has given a new $1 million gift to create scholarships in these two sports -- $500,000 for the Lyman L. Bryan Wrestling Scholarship, and $500,000 for the Louise Bryan Lacrosse Scholarship -- each named in honor of his parents.

These dollars were given as current-use funds to help Davidson wrestling and lacrosse recruit top competitors nationally and internationally.

"When we look at most of our programs compared to our conference competitors, we simply don't have the scholarship dollars," according to Lowell Bryan. "I want to get us on the path to really try to make progress, at least in two of our sports. The goal is to fully endow these scholarships I've started, so we can work to recruit the very best athletes to Davidson."

Last year, the Davidson wrestling program completed a $250,000 matching gift scholarship campaign. Combined with this newest donation from Bryan alumni, parents and friends of the program have brought in $1 million in a little over a year.

"There are no words great enough to express my gratitude for Lowell Bryan's support and generosity," Andy Lausier, head wrestling head coach, said. "This expendable scholarship gift is going to greatly advance the efforts to transform Davidson wrestling into a nationally competitive program. Success on the mat begins with success in recruiting and, thanks to Lowell, we have the resources to win."

"Nobody in the country is doing what we do," added Davidson Athletics Director Chris Clunie, a 2006 Davidson grad. "Scholarships are undeniably the most important thing to bring the best student athletes -- the best students overall -- to Davidson. We have to invest on the front end to build our programs."

Davidson College is a private liberal arts college located just outside Charlotte, N.C. Founded in 1837, Davidson has approximately 2,000 students. The Davidson Wildcats wrestling program competes in NCAA Division I.

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