Danny Fuquay's late wife, Andrea Stratman Fuquay, graduated from USI in 1999 with a degree in elementary education. Shortly thereafter, she married Danny, and together they built Aching Acres Landscaping. Andrea was very involved in the lives of their children, Logan, Braxton, Keely, and Kimber. She served in the West Terrace Parent Teacher Association, was a Pack 371 Cub Scout Leader, and taught pre-school at St. James West.
On June 15, 2011, at the age of 35, Andrea succumbed to a battle with cancer.
To honor Andrea's life as an educator and the love she had for their children, Danny established the Andrea M. Fuquay Memorial Scholarship through the USI Foundation, asking that all memorial gifts be assigned to this scholarship. Through an outpouring of support, family and friends contributed more than $31,000, making it the largest memorial scholarship in USI history. Building scholarship endowments is the largest initiative of Campaign USI: Elevating Excellence. The USI Foundation seeks to raise $10 million to fully endow the current merit-based programs. Scholarships are established for a myriad of reasons. Some individuals establish scholarships to benefit a specific population, while others, like Danny, establish them to honor loved ones.
But, Danny's vision was greater. Because of his energy and determination to raise more scholarship support for USI students, David A. Bower, president of the USI Foundation, suggested that Danny establish his own not-for-profit foundation.
By the fall of 2011 Danny had done just that.
Andrea Remembered is a nonprofit charitable organization with a mission to educate and raise awareness and research funding for bile duct cancer through community involvement and charitable giving. In January, the second annual "Andrea's Night" was held as a fundraising event for the new non-profit, with proceeds going to the USI Foundation for Andrea's scholarship. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to USI students who have suffered the loss of one or both parents.
To date, Andrea's scholarship has received more than $160,000 in gifts. Danny has plans to fund Andrea's scholarship at an even higher level. Two students received Andrea's scholarship for the current academic year and hundreds more will follow.
To support Danny's vision, visit www.andrearemembered.org. For information on how you can establish a scholarship, contact Ginny Bryant, assistant director of Development, scholarships, and major gifts, at 812/465-1658 or email.