The School of Architecture will rename the newly renovated Storrs Lecture Hall the Jack and Vada Boardman Auditorium in recognition of the Boardman family’s generous funding of student scholarships. The dedication of the Boardman Auditorium will take place at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 10, in a public ceremony in Storrs Hall.
The Boardman Architecture Scholarship fund was launched in 1991, when Jack Boardman made an initial gift of $8,000 to the University. He and his wife, Vada, continued to donate to the fund throughout their lives, and their son, Ray, and his wife, Mary, have maintained the family’s commitment. The endowment is now more than $1 million and has provided for 154 awards over three decades, with individual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. This academic year, the SoA has been able to grant the first full tuition and fees Boardman Architecture Scholarship, awarded to freshman Vuk Petrovik, who came to UNC Charlotte from the Northwest School of the Arts.
“The Boardman family has embraced the true meaning of philanthropy, directly supporting students in our School of Architecture, who will then work in the design profession to improve our community,” said Ken Lambla, professor of architecture and former dean of the College of Arts + Architecture. “The Boardman Scholarship is the first full tuition and fees undergraduate scholarship in the College of Arts + Architecture, and it is a great honor to be able to recognize their generosity by naming in perpetuity a part of our building used by the full university community.”
At the January 10 dedication, the Boardman family will be joined by Petrovik and alumni Zack Alsentzer, Michael Dunning, Jeremy Fisher, Elizabeth Ratner, Melanie Reddrick, Ashley Spinks, and Eugene Wright – all past Boardman Architecture Scholarship recipients.