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Ringhaver Women’s Golf Scholarship Announced

Sep 25, 2013
by Laura Smith

The Ringhaver family’s influence is felt throughout Flagler College – from the Ringhaver Student Center to service on the Board of Trustees. Recently, Randal Ringhaver, an executive committee member of the Board of Trustees, strengthened this bond further by establishing the Elaine Ringhaver Riggle Women’s Golf Scholarship in memory of his late mother.

The scholarship honors Elaine’s love of golf and her belief in providing higher education opportunities for women. Randal Ringhaver endowed the scholarship with a gift of $100,000. The new scholarship complements Flagler’s existing roster of athletic scholarships.

An avid golfer, Elaine moved to St. Augustine in 1947 with her husband L.C. Ringhaver. The couple started a shrimp boat building business that became the forerunner of what is now Ring Power Corporation. A respected business and community leader, L.C. Ringhaver served on Flagler’s Board of Trustees from 1969 to 1976. The L.C. Ringhaver Scholarship was established by Ring Power in his memory. Elaine was preceded in death by L.C. and by her second husband, Brig. Gen. Charles Riggle.

“I’m very pleased that Mr. Ringhaver has established a scholarship for women’s golf in his mother’s name,” said Flagler College President Dr. William T. Abare Jr. “During his tenure as a Board member and as Chairman of the Board, he has demonstrated leadership in all aspects of college operations.”

Noting the scholarship’s potential to transform the women’s golf program, Director of Athletics Jud Damon said, “We are extremely grateful for Mr. Ringhaver’s generosity and vision for our program. Our women’s golf team ranks among the top 25 in Division II teams. I expect this new scholarship will vault us to the top 10.”

To learn how you can establish a scholarship in your name or in honor of a loved one, contact Flagler’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (904) 819-6437 or visit www.flaglergiving.org.

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