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 Grove City Resident Turns Horse Farm into SRU Scholarship Funds 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – A 30-acre Grove City horse farm, known as “Sincerrey Andalusians,” is being turned into scholarship funding to help Slippery Rock University students and the gift honors family members of the farm’s owner, Lois Hamilton.

     Hamilton, a former art professor in Grove City and owner of the Pottery Dome operations in Mercer and Grove City, has turned over the property to the Slippery Rock University Foundation, Inc., which has put the farm up for sale. Proceeds will be used to create endowed scholarships honoring her father and SRU graduate Rhesa Service Byers, her mother, Lily Ray Byers, and her great-aunt, Rancie E. Byers. Some of the funding will also expand the previously created endowed scholarship honoring her late son, Charles B. Hamilton.

     The farm, including a house, farm manager quarters, stalls for 14 horses, an outdoor arena and other amenities, offers pastures and storage space for nearly 1,000 hay bales. The realty firm handling the farm’s sale expects it to generate nearly $325,000.

      “This is truly a remarkable gift to Slippery Rock University,” said Dr. Robert Smith, university president. “We are grateful Ms. Hamilton selected SRU for this honor, and our students are certain to enjoy the benefits of three additional endowed scholarships as they seek financial help in attending our university. We applaud her generosity, and we thank Ms. Hamilton for selecting our university to help keep the memory of her family members vibrant in the regional community. Students are the true beneficiary of such philanthropic gifts, and I am certain those who receive scholarship help from these four endowed scholarships will remember the kindness for the rest of their lives.”

     The Charles B. Hamilton Art Scholarship was created in 1997 to honor the late Grove City resident and 1984 SRU graduate whose work was displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art and at the Meadville Council on the Arts October Exhibition. The scholarship is open to SRU sophomore and junior art majors studying painting as a way of remembering Mr. Hamilton’s love of painting and his work at the family-owned Pottery Dome.

      In creating the scholarships, Hamilton explained, “Part of the reason for my gift is my mother and my great-aunt both wanted to attend Slippery Rock to become teachers, but family circumstances prevented them from being able to follow through. My mother attended, but dropped out to take care of her siblings, and my aunt stayed at home to take care of my father as a child. My father did get to come to Slippery Rock University on a scholarship and was the first four-year letter winner in sports. I think he would be proud to know others are reaping the same benefit in his name.” Mr. Byers graduated in 1913 and after Army service in World War I, went on to be an elementary school teacher and later a principal at a three-year high school in Irwin Township. Hamilton says she is proud to also provide the scholarships as ways of remembering her loved ones.




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