Von Boll '52 Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics
Many people contribute in many ways to the life of Franklin College, but V. Von Boll '52 has placed himself at a level above most. He has given his time, talents and resources in many ways, and the College has gleaned many benefits from his long-time affiliation with his alma mater. A Columbus, Indiana, native, Boll enrolled at Franklin College in 1948. He participated in football, baseball, theology club and Phi Delta Theta. A member of the Franklin College Class of 1952, he graduated with a degree in mathematics. Shortly after graduation, he joined Cummins Engine Company, Inc. Displaying his business acumen, he rose in the organization to own and operate the premiere Cummins distributorship in the world. Prior to his retirement, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Cummins Michigan, Inc. Dr. Boll served on the Franklin College Alumni Council from 1964-1967 and joined the Board of Trustees in 1979. He was presented the Alumni Citation in 1983; the honorary degree, Doctor of Science, was bestowed upon him in 2003. A long-time, generous supporter, Dr. Boll's gift to the Faught Stadium project, naming the Von Boll Press Box and Presidental Guest Suite, was the largest single gift to that project. The formal lounge in the Dietz Center for Professional Development is named in honor of his family as well. His leadership and unselfish support made possible the construction of the Von Boll Welcome Center. Established in 2006 with a personal gift and matching funds from Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Von Boll '52 Endowed Scholarship in Mathematics recognizes that not all students who desire a college education will be at the top of their high school class. This scholarship assists those who may not qualify for the traditional academic scholarships but who demonstrate the potential to be like Von Boll - successful students, alumni and citizens.
The first preference for awarding this scholarship is to benefit students from Bartholomew County, Indiana, majoring in mathematics. First-generation college students and those not in the top 20% of their high school graduating classes will be given special consideration.