Raising funds for our seven scholarship programs is one of the most important functions of the National Capital Chapter. All funds collected throughout the year or directly sent to any of our seven scholarships are matched each year by the University of Alabama National Alumni Association Collegiate License Tag Program, typically between 60 & 80%.
To ensure that your donation can be treated as tax-deductible by the IRS, make your check out to The Alumni Fund, noting to which scholarship you would like your funds to go in the memo line. Send your check directly to the Alumni Office:
National Alumni Association Alumni Fund
℅ Deborah Parr
P.O. Box 861928
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
Six scholarships have been named for individuals that were or are members of the National Capital Chapter family and have shown leadership in our endeavors.
Our seventh scholarship, the National Capital Chapter Endowment, has been most recently endowed with the help of all of our local alumni.
Donald J. Cronin Endowment
Donald J. Cronin has an esteemed history of education and service with The University of Alabama. Receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Business Administration in 1951, Mr. Cronin continued his education, graduating from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1953. As a UA student, Don was an active member of the honorary organizations Jasons and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.
He is recognized through the years as being very generous with his time, providing leadership in numerous positions at both the local alumni chapter and national alumni association. In 1977, Don was recipient of the University of Alabama Distinguished Alumnus Award; in 1981, 1983 and 1989 he served as National Committee Chair, National Capital Chapter. In 1992 and 1994 Don served on the Chapter Board of Directors, National Capital Chapter.
William Jennings Dyess Endowment
The William Jennings Dyess Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was established with an initial gift of $775 in February, 1996.
Ambassador William “Bill” Dyess was born in 1929 in Troy, Alabama. He began his distinguished academic career at the Univeristy of Missouri where he earned Phi Eta Sigma honors before he transferred to the University of Alabama. As a Phi Beta Kappa scholar he received his B.A. in 1950 and M.A. in 1951. He became a Rotary International Scholar and did his post-graduate work at Saint Catherine’s College at Oxford University.
Bill then launched an equally distinguished diplomatic career, serving twenty five years as a European specialist in the Foreign Service office of the U.S. State Department.
He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in Public Affairs and later Assistant Secretary of State for President Jimmy Carter. During the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Bill was the United States Ambassador to the Netherlands.
After retiring from the State Department, Bill began devoting large amounts of his time to alumni activities for both Oxford Univerisity and the University of Alabama. Here in Washington, Bill served as honorary scholarship chairman for the National Capital Chapter and assisted with numerous fund raising endeavors. Shortly before he passed away in 1996 after a long illness, Bill’s service to the Chapter was recognized by the creation of this scholarship fund.
Marshall H. Groom Endowment
The Marshall H. Groom Endowed Scholarship was established in 1994 from gifts given by Marshall H. Groom and the National Capital Chapter.
Priority of consideration is given to entering freshmen from Northern Virginia
Marshall Groom was born in 1938 at the Columbia Hospital in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, AL in 1956 and enrolled at the University of Alabama that same year. Marshall graduated from The Capstone in 1960 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. While at The University of Alabama, he was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, Cotillion Club, Philos, Freshman Advisors Council, and Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After graduating he attended the University of Alabama Law School for one year prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1961.
In 1962 Marshall returned to the Washington D.C. and began his distinguished career in banking spanning over 40 years. Marshall has held the title of President and Chief Executive Officer with three banks in the Northern Virginia area throughout the years (Potomac Bank and Trust, 1972-1977, Services Bank, 1977-1979, George Mason Bank, 1979-1994). In 1997 he was named Chairman of the Potomac Bank of Virginia and served in that capacity until the Potomac Bank of Virginia merged with Sandy Springs Bank in February 2007. Marshall currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sandy Springs Bank.
Marshall remains active in the Northern Virginia community. He is a past President of the national Capital Chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association as well as a past board member of Capital Hospice (1994-2004) and Chairman of the Capital Hospice Foundation (2004-2007). Other affiliations include: George Mason University Foundation (1998-2007 Board Member, Chairman of Finance Committee, Chairman of Executive Committee), Northern Virginia Community College (Board Member), Fairfax Bar Association (Non-Lawyer Board Member), Fairfax Rotary (Past President).
Marshall is married to Pat Groom and together they have five children and three grandchildren.
Richard A. Mason Endowment
Richard “Dick” Mason was a longtime Chapter member and served as a National Capital Chapter President in the 1980’s. Dick grew up in Arlington and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. While attending Alabama he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He also helped organize the Sigma Chi fraternity chapter at George Mason University.
When he passed away in 1992 at age 52, Dick was working as a salesman for the Ameriprint printing company. He was an active member of the Great Falls United Methodist Church and also the River Bend Country Club, his favorite golfing venue.
Dr. Frank A. Rose Endowment
The Dr. Frank A. Rose Endowment was initiated by the Chapter on March 26, 1992, with an initial deposit of $5500.00.
Dr. Rose was a native of Meridian, Mississippi. He graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in 1942. He also received a B.A. in divinity from the Lexington Seminary in 1946. He also received honorary doctorates from a number of schools around the nation.
Dr. Rose served as the President of the University of Alabama from 1958-1969. During his years at Alabama, the university’s physical plant, faculty size and endowment all grew, and academic standards improved. Dr. Rose also was also an unabashed supporter of Alabama’s football program, declaring “character is not built by a losing team.” To back up his words he brought back legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
Dr. Rose was president of Alabama during one of the university’s most tense periods, 1963, when then Governor George Wallace pledged to prevent integration at the Univerisity. Dr. Rose was a political opponent of Wallace and announced that the law would be maintained with some semblance of dignity and civility. As the Washington Post noted in 1991, “Due in no small part to his tact and diplomatic skills, some observers said, integration took place amid relative calm. Although Wallace stood in his doorway and had his say, federal authorities enrolled black students, and Dr. Rose was able to resume his usually quiet and effective work as university president.”
After he left Alabama in 1969, Dr. Rose moved to Washington, DC and became preident of the General Computing Corporation. He also founded the non-profit consulting firm University Associates. He also served as senior consultant to the public affairs firm of Cassady and Associates. Dr. Rose also served on several boards and executive committees for various organizations.
Louise Bryant Tate Endowment
Louise Bryant Tate received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in 1976. As a UA student, she was an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, officer with Chi Delta Chi English Honorary, Alabama Triangle Association and Creative Careers Club.
National Capital Chapter Endowment
Thanks to the alumni who supported NCC between 2009-2012, we endowed our seventh scholarship. These funds help send students to the University of Alabama.