Johns Hopkins Renames Scholarships to Honor James
Hodson Scholars Leslie Burton
Theibert and Meredith Hope, seniors who spoke at the
luncheon, talk with James H. Gilliam Sr. and Linda G.J.
PHOTO BY HIPS/WILL KIRK
A scholarship program to assist exceptionally talented
minority students underrepresented at Johns Hopkins will be
renamed in memory of James H. Gilliam Jr., President
William R. Brody announced last week. An attorney with
degrees from Morgan State University and Columbia
University School of Law, Gilliam served on the board of
the Hodson Trust.
Hodson Success Scholarships, made possible through the
generosity of the Hodson Trust, have been held by nearly
200 students since the program was established at Johns
Hopkins in 1993. Beginning next fall, Hodson Success
Scholarships will be known as Hodson-Gilliam Success
Scholarships, continuing to ensure that awardees do not
have to take out loans during their undergraduate years.
President William R. Brody
made the announcement at a luncheon recognizing all Hodson
Scholars, held Dec. 1 on the Homewood campus.
"Johns Hopkins University is honored to name the
Hodson-Gilliam Success Scholarships in Jim Gilliam's
memory," Brody said. "The accomplishments and values of
this exceptional man will inspire Hodson-Gilliam Scholars
at Johns Hopkins for generations to come."
Gilliam, who died in 2003 at age 58, was executive
vice president and general counsel of Beneficial Corp. He
served on a number of national boards including the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute, which recently established the
Gilliam Graduate Fellowships to provide support for
disadvantaged students, including those from
underrepresented minority groups, to pursue doctoral
studies in the life sciences. A longtime Delaware resident,
he was chairman of the Governor's Judicial Nominating
Commission, chairman of the Administrative Enhancement
Committee of the Delaware Supreme Court, a member of the
executive committee and board of the Medical Center of
Delaware and founding chairman of Wilmington 2000 to
redevelop the city. He served on the boards of
Goldey-Beacom College, Delaware State University and the
Columbia University School of Law. He also was active at
Morgan State, to which he and his wife, Linda G.J. Gilliam,
in 2000 made the largest individual gift in that
university's history, a $1.5 million fine arts endowment in
honor of his parents, James H. and Louise Hayley Gilliam.
Finn M.W. Caspersen, chairman of the Hodson Trust,
said, "Jim's life reflected his deeply held belief that to
whom much is given, much is required. His commitment to
excellence in education and his benevolence created
opportunities for thousands of deserving young people."
Caspersen, who headed the Beneficial Corp. until its 1998
merger with Household International, also said, "Through
his leadership and quiet strength, Jim Gilliam transcended
partisanship and inspired others to cross economic, racial
and political divides."
The Hodson Trust was settled in 1920 by the family of
Colonel Clarence Hodson, founder of Beneficial Corp., to
support excellence in education. Today, the trust makes
grants to Johns Hopkins and three other Maryland
institutions of higher education.
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