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With knowledge of the profound impact he could have on so many young lives and on his alma mater, Davenport decided before his death that his gift to Tulane would be a scholarship fund. 

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Joseph Davenport III (photo courtesy of William Davenport)   

 

November 7, 2012   

Mary Sparacello
msparace@tulane.edu   

For Joseph “Joe” Davenport III (A&S ’59), attending Tulane University was a life-changing experience, and one that he wanted to share with future generations of Louisiana students. That was the driving force behind Davenport’s decision to establish a $1 million endowed scholarship fund for Louisiana students through a bequest in his name, his family says.

“Having access to a good education has always been a top priority in my family,” says his niece, Leila Davenport Ross (NC ’96). “Growing up, I heard my Uncle Joe speak very fondly of his time spent at Tulane – how it shaped him educationally, prepared him professionally, and how it exposed him to the magical, soulful city of New Orleans.”

Davenport treasured his time at Tulane, where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. His family ties to Tulane run deep, said his brother, William Davenport. In addition to his niece, his father, Joseph Andrews Davenport Jr. (B ’24), also graduated from the university.

“As a student, Joe loved Tulane and throughout his lifetime remained passionate not only for the school but for the opportunity to assist prospective students of Tulane to reach their goals for education and success,” William Davenport said.

After graduation, Joe Davenport moved back to Mer Rouge, a town in Morehouse Parish in north Louisiana where his family has lived for generations. He was president of the Mer Rouge State Bank from 1971 to 1983 and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board until his death in October 2010. He stayed active in Tulane affairs, serving for years on deans’ advisory boards for Tulane College and the College of Arts and Sciences.

His niece said that her uncle had a generous nature, quietly giving money so less-fortunate youth in his community could receive a quality education.

“He did not do it to be recognized or lauded publicly,” Ross said. “Joe did it to assist in the advancement of deserving individuals who he felt could reach their full potential with a little financial help.”

With knowledge of the profound impact he could have on so many young lives and on his alma mater, Davenport decided before his death that his gift to Tulane would be a scholarship fund.

“He strongly believed that one could succeed in all areas of life with a solid educational foundation,” his niece said. “His actions have proven this to be true, and they continue to do so.  He was a very wise, generous soul.”

To support endowed scholarships at Tulane University, you can contribute to a previously endowed fund or establish your own, add to it over the years or even include it in your estate plan. Contact Gift Planning at Tulane to discuss the possibilities.    

Mary Sparacello is a writer in the Office of Development.  

 

 

 

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