Barbara Davis Fodor Scholarship Fund
The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:
It is Barbara’s belief that higher education is an important key to unlocking doors for an enriched life. The value of education is priceless. It expands the mind intellectually; broadens the sphere of interest and growth; increases self-confidence to deal with opportunities and challenges; develops marketable talents and skills; and enhances economic opportunities. Barbara states that UNCG provided the educational climate and resources to help her find and open these doors to opportunity.
Barbara’s education at Woman’s College was interrupted just prior to her junior year due to illness of her dad. His death reduced funds available for her continued education at WC. However, becoming a town student and receiving financial aid from the University enabled Barbara to complete her degree. Establishing this scholarship is an expression of Barbara’s gratitude to the University, while at the same time, providing help to worthy students that will hopefully make a difference.
Barbara’s career spanned 34 years, which included positions with a regional trade association and a national manufacturer of specialty small appliances. These positions required continuous travel, which was unique, since very few women were employed as traveling representatives in any field of work in the 1950s and 1960s. The most challenging opportunity of Barbara’s career was employment with a Fortune 500 company that marketed a full line of small appliances. When named manager of home economics, Barbara became one of the few women managers in this company at that time.
Over the years, Barbara stated that she experienced some exciting moments of recognition which left indelible memories. However, none were as special as being named a “Distinguished Alumni” of the School of Human Environmental Sciences (now the School of Health and Human Sciences) at UNCG.