April 24, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico Athletics Department and former Lobo Doug Vaughan have announced the establishment of The Vaughan Company Realtors Jeanne Fairchild Endowed Scholarship for Volleyball today at a special presentation in the Johnson Center on the campus of UNM.
Vaughan, a former UNM baseball player and current member of the Lobo Club Board of Directors, has started the endowment in recognition of the accomplishments of UNM volleyball player Jeanne Fairchild and to encourage more Lobo boosters to recognize successful UNM student-athletes.
"I've watched Jeanne Fairchild grow over the past ten years to become a wonderful role model for athletes," said Vaughan. "I believe she deserves special recognition for all that she has accomplished. She truly excelled in three areas - talent, academics, and as a teammate."
Fairchild, a senior-to-be for the Lobo volleyball team, became just the second Lobo to be named to the All-Mountain West Conference team in 2007, following a successful junior season. The graduate of St. Pius X in Albuquerque is the first Lobo to receive all-MWC honors since 2002 when junior outside hitter Anna Reines was named to the all-MWC team. Fairchild finished the season ranked third in the MWC in kills per game (4.63) and fifth in points per game (5.05). She also finished the season in third place on the UNM single season kills list with 477 and 41st in the nation in kills per game. All of this is even more remarkable due to the fact that Fairchild played with a stress fracture in her left foot since late September.
In the classroom, Fairchild has been named to the Dean's List several times and currently holds a 3.68 cumulative grade point average while studying Communications and Journalism.
"So often in sports, the superstars become prima donnas," continued Vaughan. "Jeanne is just the opposite. Watching her interact with her teammates, you'd never know how great a volleyball player she is."
The pledge of $15,000, once fully funded, will generate an award in the first year of $750.00 to a UNM volleyball player with plans to increase the endowment over time.
"This is very exciting for our program and I am very thankful to Doug for his support and his extremely kind gift to support volleyball at UNM," said UNM head volleyball coach Jeff Nelson. "It is a much deserved honor for Jeanne to have a volleyball scholarship endowed in her name. Our entire program is thankful and honored."
The $15,000 is part of an overall $25,000 pledge to UNM Athletics by Vaughan. The remaining $10,000 will help assist the Lobo baseball program's future projects. Vaughan played baseball for the Lobos in the late 1960s and received his degree from UNM in 1970.
An endowment is money invested in perpetuity to provide annual spendable income that becomes a permanent resource for the Athletics Department. Endowments made through the Lobo Legacy program can be designated towards scholarships, coaches' salaries, and meeting other needs within the Athletics Department.
"Doug's generosity provides us with the opportunity to provide invaluable educational access to a deserving member of our volleyball program" said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. "We appreciate his leadership and vision for what he and others can do to support Lobo Athletics."
For information on how to create an endowment for the UNM Athletics Department, contact Associate Athletics Director for Development Larry Ryan at (505) 925-5919.