Extending the Caring Spirit at Campbellsville College

Paula Settle

Paula Settle included Campbellsville College in her estate plan at age 30, when she needed to create a will for an overseas mission trip.

Paula Settle was just an 8th grader when she made her decision to attend Campbellsville College following a visit to campus as a member of the Acteen Queen's Court. She remembers her first impression was so positive because everyone reached out and seemed to care about her.

Four years later, Paula arrived on campus and found that same caring spirit still very much evident.

"It was a special time in my life, and I made many life-long friends," Paula says.

She remembers fondly the personal relationships she developed with faculty and staff members including Al Hardy, Dr. Jerry Kibbons, and the late Dr. Paul Horner. To this day, Paula still proudly wears her Campbellsville College class ring.

From an early age, Paula had felt the call of the Lord to be a foreign missionary. After graduation from Campbellsville College, she served the International Mission Board as a missionary in Togo, Africa for several years.

During the training process prior to leaving for the mission field, Paula was required to complete her will. This was somewhat unusual for a young woman who was just 30 years old.

"Including a gift to Campbellsville College in my will seemed to be the natural thing to do because of the college's positive impact on my life," Paula says.

She has designated her bequest for the General Scholarship Fund. Paula jokingly says, "I was just an average student, so I want my gift to help the ‘good ole Joes' who have financial need."

Today, Paula continues her service to the Lord through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in eastern Kentucky. Her main focus is on rural poverty issues in two counties and serving on the foster care review board in five counties. Because of her interest in helping children in need, she is a foster parent to two teenage boys.

Paula will leave a legacy gift to help future students "find their calling" at Campbellsville University, as she was so blessed to do.

Like Paula, you can make a gift in your estate plan to provide a bright future for Campbellsville College students. Contact Benji Kelly at 270.789.5061 or jbkelly@campbellsville.edu to learn more.

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