A retired academic and athletic leader from Western Carolina University, Bobby N. Setzer, and his wife, Anne, have established a $10,000 endowed scholarship fund that will generate an annual $500 award for football student-athletes, with preference given to engineering technology majors.
“Creating this scholarship is very important to us because we want to help students in our football program be successful not only on the field, but also in the classroom,” said Setzer.
The Bobby N. Setzer Football Scholarship Fund scholarship fund was created in honor of the more than 30 years Setzer dedicated to WCU as a faculty member in the industrial distribution program and as a student-athlete, assistant football coach and athletics director. As an undergraduate student at WCU, Setzer was a two-time All North State Conference lineman, and captain of the football team in 1957. Setzer served as assistant football coach for 28 years while teaching a full schedule of classes between 1957 and 1988, except for three seasons. He also coached the WCU wrestling team for six seasons and served as athletics director from 1989 to 1992.
Setzer says what inspired him year after year as a tenured faculty member and coach at WCU were alumni. Many, like him, had come to Cullowhee for the love of a game, but returned to visit for the love of a university – the place where they earned degrees that made so many successes possible in their lives, he said. Setzer and his wife both hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western.
Don Powers, assistant head coach and a long-time coworker and friend of the Setzers, said this scholarship is the kind of gift that truly helps develop quality academic and athletic programs. Football student-athletes Justin Johnson, a junior from Tennessee majoring in engineering technology, and Josh Deaver, a junior from Canton majoring in electrical engineering, are among the student-athletes who could benefit from the scholarship. Both say they appreciate the creation of a scholarship that could help them pursue their dreams and leave college with less debt to repay.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to major in when I came to Western, and a professor directed me to the engineering technology program,” said Johnson. “It’s challenging, but I love it.”
Robert Anderson, director of the engineering technology program, said he has had many athletes in his classes, and he is impressed with the rigorous schedules they keep. “Almost without exception, the athletes in our classes are very hard workers and good scholars,” he said. “State and federal funding cannot keep pace with the cost of a college education. Thank you to Bobby and Anne Setzer for this contribution. Thank you for making a difference.”
For more information about how to support the Bobby N. Setzer Football Scholarship Fund or other scholarships or programs at WCU, or to inquire about creating a scholarship fund, check out The Campaign for Western at campaign.wcu.edu or call Brett Woods, director of annual and special gifts at (828) 227-7124.