Salisbury Resident Establishes Scholarship at Catawba College
April 27, 2011
Salisbury resident Eric Slipp has made a gift to establish a new scholarship at Catawba College. Preference for the Eric P. Slipp Endowed Scholarship will be given to a member of the Catawba baseball team who is majoring in business, environmental science or physical education.
Slipp, a native of Anson, Maine, made the scholarship stipulations, he explained, because the combination of qualifications "touches areas of the College where I have had the pleasure to be involved. In particular, I have enjoyed the opportunity to watch the baseball program grow in stature in many ways. It is my hope that this scholarship will help to attract young men who dream of contributing to a program like this."
Slipp was complimentary of Jim Gantt, Catawba's head baseball coach, and his role in helping the young men on his team reach their full potential, on and off the field. "Coach Gantt's role in developing leadership and teamwork skills in our student-athletes is important in making them the outstanding Catawba alumni that they become," Slipp explained. "I value the lessons that I have learned about developing these skills, in addition to the competitive skills, from Coach Gantt."
A longtime supporter of Catawba, Slipp has been very active with the Chiefs Club, serving on its board. He currently serves on the Ketner School of Business Advisory Board at Catawba. He said the scholarship will help "continue my long-standing affiliation with the College."
Although he is not an alumnus of Catawba, Slipp's affiliation with Catawba spans a dozen years. He noted, "The scholarship will benefit the students of the College, who have done so much to 'cement' my love for Catawba. The friendships that I have shared with so many students during my affiliation have been deep and long-lasting, and I am pleased to do my part to help ensure that we can continue to attract such outstanding individuals."
Slipp, an alumnus of Georgia Tech, earned his MBA from Wake Forest University. He served for many years as plant manager of National Starch in Salisbury. That company is now AkzoNobel and Slipp serves as its Global Supply Chain Manager – Personal Care Business.
To contribute to the Eric P. Slipp Endowed Scholarship or to inquire about establishing an endowed scholarship at Catawba College, contact the Development Office at (704) 637-4394.
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