Beddingfields Increase Opportunities for Art Students
For Bill and Nina Beddingfield, supporting the arts at Kennesaw State University is more than a gift to the students; it also serves as a tribute to Bill’s mother, Florence.
Florence Beddingfield was widely known in the Metro Atlanta area and particularly in Cobb County for her contributions to the community. Her entire professional and personal life was devoted to humanitarian pursuits, both before and after retirement. With a lifelong dream to study painting and sculpting, Mrs. Beddingfield attended Kennesaw State University after retiring, fulfilling her dream and graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Following her passing in 2007, the Beddingfields established the Florence B. Beddingfield Memorial Art Scholarship in her honor, and have since become closely involved with the arts and scholarships at Kennesaw State. They continue to add to the scholarship annually, and recently made the final payment on a $100,000 life insurance policy payable to KSU, a planned gift that will support their scholarship for future generations of art students.
“My intent was to build [the scholarship] up to something more significant,” said Bill. “I use as much as I can to put into that scholarship fund.”
Knowing the challenges that face students of a nontraditional age, the scholarship is geared toward qualified adult learners who are returning to college or beginning their education later in life, as Florence did.
“There were a lot of things available for young people starting out, but there was very little for the person who’s been out of school for a long time and is trying to go back and improve themselves,” Bill explained. “My mother was sixty-five when she went back to school, and while I was capable of helping her at that point, not everybody has that option.”
Bill has also served on committees in the College of the Arts and is planning to join more. Speaking highly of the University’s deans and Dr. Papp’s administration, he hopes to become more involved in the near future as well as after he transitions to retirement. He currently holds the position of Managing Director for ING Capital LLC in Atlanta.
“I’m looking to utilize my knowledge, skills, and experience throughout my career to help others,” he stated, noting that a number of his interns and employees have been KSU students and graduates. “The reality is, once you get into the workforce it isn’t about where you went [to school]; it’s about what you do with what you’ve got.”
Pictured above at the new Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, Bill and Nina currently reside in Marietta.