The University of Mary Washington has received a $2.5 million legacy to establish a series of endowed professorships and faculty awards.

The bequest is from the estate of Shirley Van Epps Waple, an alumna from the Class of 1952.

Originally from Troy, NY, Waple majored in psychology at Mary Washington. After graduation in 1952, she returned to New York. A long-time supporter of the University, Waple had previously endowed a scholarship for students with financial need, and she made a gift to name an office in a university building.

“Named, endowed professorships enable the University to attract, retain and recognise outstanding faculty who are truly experts in their fields,” said President Richard V Hurley. “This generous gift from Mrs Waple’s estate is greatly appreciated, and we will honour her legacy by ensuring that UMW professors continue to inspire students to think critically, engage meaningfully and communicate effectively.”