Making an Impact

Sisters Remembered with Scholarship Endowment

By Emily Parker

Sisters Martha Browning Dicus, ’71, and Mary Woodley (Woody) Dicus, ’74, loved Meredith College, the friendships they made, and the education they received. Friends say they were leaders and beloved by their classmates. Rhett Dunaway, Martha’s partner, and Billy Dicus, their brother, have recently endowed the Dicus Sisters’ Scholarship in their memories to honor and celebrate their lives.

Sisters Martha Browning Dicus, ’71, and Mary Woodley (Woody) Dicus, ’74.
Mary Lynne Normann Stephens, Mary Blaire Stephens, Colbie Normann Stephens, and Lexie Anne Stephens Brown together.

Teaching Dance is a Family Affair

By Emily Parker

The three Stephens sisters’ dream of owning their own dance studio in their hometown of Sanford, N.C., finally happened in 2021. Their mother, Mary Lynne Normann Stephens, ’90, said, ”When they were little, they would pretend they had a dance studio and put on a recital at any family get-together. As they grew older, they would always talk about starting their own studio. The stars finally aligned!”

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Aerial view of the Meredith Lake.

Gifts to Meredith College make a difference to the entire Meredith community and keep our students going strong!

Visit to learn ways you can support Meredith. Make a gift that addresses the College’s greatest needs, select a more specific way to make an immediate impact on the College, make a long-term, endowed gift, or a gift through your will or trust.

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A pencil and colored pencil drawing of the new floorplan for the athletic complex.

Meredith College to Break Ground on New Athletic Complex this Spring

Meredith College will break ground this spring on a new athletic complex that will include athletic training space for softball, tennis, and golf, along with a student lounge.

Ashley Elise Riggs with friends wearing breast cancer ribbon clothing.

Ashley Elise Riggs was a true champion on the soccer field and in the community. Meredith College is celebrating and honoring her legacy by raising funds for the Ashley Riggs Project. Funds will provide youth summer camp scholarships, women’s leadership, and character development training, and improve women’s athletics at Meredith College.

The meredith seal on the fountain.

More than 130 years ago, Meredith College opened with just over 200 women. Today, we’re a nationally-ranked community of thousands going far and going strong – together.