Good News to All: Our first donations are in! The Fund Is Moving Forward.
This is the first of many heartfelt Thank Yous to all donors — for your contributions of time, talent and treasures to the Kathryn Thompson Leckie Memorial Scholarship Excellence Fund at Virginia Tech.
All donations at all levels are important toward our goal. We will post donor lists frequently as an incentive and encouragement for all to contribute something. Log in to www.givingto.vt.edu or send a check to Virginia Tech Foundation to donate. The Fund # 860705.
And our common goal is clear: To raise the funds necessary ($50,000) in 5 years to establish an annual scholarship that supports excellence in journalism at VT and honors Kathryn’s personal and professional contributions to our lives. This is the beginning of something wonderful. Thank You.
Who was Kathryn Thompson Leckie?
Kathryn was a native of Chester, Va., and she graduated from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a degree in Communications. She was the Frederick (MD) News-Post’s courts and cops reporter for 17 years. Her stories routinely landed on the front page, earning her a nickname in the local community as “Front Page Kate.” She died in February 2012 after a courageous battle against cancer. Her family and friends have created the Excellence Fund at Virginia Tech
Kathryn and I worked on the Tech student newspaper, The Collegiate Times, and we shared many long and satisfying days practicing journalism at the CT and in our first professional jobs in Charlottesville and Lynchburg, respectively. Her death was a shock and a reminder that bad things happen to good people everyday, but we must rally through the pain and tears. We must celebrate Kathryn’s life with a positive contribution. Cancer, like diabetes, does not define us. It inspires us all to achieve great things!