Chuck Lovell began his Trevecca journey in 1975, but his legacy endures today through an endowment scholarship started by his wife, Janice, to honor his love and passion for worship arts and the University.
In 2005, Chuck was diagnosed with leukemia. For a full year, his leukemia was dormant, but by the end of the year, the oncologist had discouraging news.
“The oncologist told us, ‘I think we’re going to need to look at doing treatment after the Christmas holiday,’” Janice recalled.
By mid-January, Chuck was too sick for treatment, and he passed away on Valentine’s Day in 2007.
When deciding how best to honor her husband’s memory, Janice and her family concluded an endowed scholarship at Trevecca would have a long-lasting impact on a community Chuck had invested in and adored.
“It seemed natural to pay homage to him and continue his legacy at a place he loved,” Janice said.
An endowed scholarship is a permanent fund that works like a savings account, in which individuals or families donate a minimum of $20,000 within a five-year period. The fund grows over time from additional gifts and investment growth. The scholarship is awarded from the interest of the fund rather than the principal contribution.
Discovering a passion for worship and service
For many on campus, Chuck is known as one of the longest attending Trevecca students who impacted countless lives during his time on the Hill.
“He is a very beloved figure among Trevecca alumni and here on campus,” said Peg Cooning, vice president for external relations at Trevecca.
Chuck’s time as a student totaled 13 years on campus. During those years, he delved into an array of studies and extracurriculars, participating in theatre productions and serving one season as a cheerleader.
“He studied biology, theology and music,” Janice said. “But worship arts was where his passion was at.”
Outside of campus, Chuck helped raise funds for the American Red Cross and was involved in his home church, Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, located just a few miles east of campus.
Chuck also developed a passion for ministering to young people, something he continued throughout his life. It was that passion for helping others through Christ that brought Janice and Chuck together.
Janice (’81), who now serves as Trevecca’s director of grants and foundation relations, first met Chuck on campus, but their relationship blossomed in the college ministry at First Church of the Nazarene. The two began dating in the fall of 1993 and married three years later.
“It was one of those really interesting stories because we had been around at Trevecca and First Church for so long that it became this great love story that grew over time,” Janice recalled.
After the two married, Chuck returned to school, earning a master’s degree in counseling. Building on his passion to serve others, Chuck worked in the foster care system for five years, then served as a drug and alcohol prevention counselor at an alternative school in Cheatham County.
When Chuck passed away, his example of selfless service and servant leadership left a legacy for his family, the University, and the countless youth he counseled. For his family, the choice was clear: endowing a scholarship in Chuck’s name would provide a way to continue his legacy of educating and inspiring young adults who shared his passion for worship arts.
Chad McAdory, a Trevecca senior majoring in worship arts, is one of three 2019 recipients of the Chuck Lovell Memorial Scholarship. McAdory, who has two siblings, recognizes the financial burden tuition placed on his family but says the scholarship has enabled him to fulfill his dream of earning a degree at Trevecca.
“In a time like college, the last thing we want to be worried about it is money, and this scholarship takes off that pressure,” McAdory said. “It’s very special to me, and awards like this are needed because it makes students feel appreciated and valued.”
Mechanics of an Endowment
For families who are interested in endowing a scholarship, Trevecca officials outlined a few simple steps to help navigate the process.
First, contact the Office of External Relations. Staff will ask you to consider what kind of student you would like to assist. Lovell’s family chose to incorporate his love of worship music by creating an endowment that provides financial aid to students majoring in worship arts.
After making that decision and naming the endowment, the Office of External Relations team will guide families through the process of funding and drafting scholarship guidelines.
While this process may seem daunting at times, Janice sees it as an opportunity for families to leave a lasting impact in honor of a loved one.
“Initially, it felt like it would take a long time to establish something that would be meaningful,” Janice said. “But one of the things I hear from other families who have established an endowed scholarship is that little by little, steady contributions have helped establish something that is remarkable.”
To learn more about endowing a scholarship or to give to the University, contact the Office of External Relations at 615-248-1355.