Why I Give

Olivia Travis '10

It's My Turn

Olivia Travis '10

Olivia Travis '10

Olivia Travis ’10 began supporting the College in 2008 through participation in the it’s my turn campus fundraising campaign; she was one of 30 members of the Class of 2010 who supported the College during the campaign. Olivia wanted to lend her financial support, of course, but she did it to make an important point.

“For many students, especially myself, the College has become more than just an academic institution—it’s a family,” says Olivia. “Giving to the campaign is my way of saying to past, current, and future students that I am a voice that believes in this College.”

The recipient of a Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Book Award while a student at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Virginia, Olivia was encouraged to apply and attend the College by Virginia “Syd” Hodges ’39, a special alumna friend and mentor. As a Book Award recipient and accepted student for admission, Olivia automatically qualified for a renewable merit scholarship.

Olivia has contributed to making Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and Randolph College a unique, supportive educational environment through participation and her willingness to give back. She has been active in the Macon Activities Council and is president of Future Restorationists, Artists, and Museum Enthusiasts (FRAME), the Maier Museum of Art’s student docent group. Olivia has also served on many panels for the Dean of Students Office and at chapter events for the Alumnae Office.

She believes that the defining aspect of her time at Randolph- Macon Woman’s College and Randolph College is the relationships she formed with student colleagues, alumnae, faculty, and staff.

“This has been my home for almost four years and it will always be my home,” says Olivia. “I should support my family, and I am committed to keeping alive what we all find so special about this place.”