The Wake Forest we inherit today was built by generations of leaders who shared a common vision: to make Wake Forest one of the best universities in the nation. Wait. Poteat. Reynolds. Babcock. Hankins. Carswell. The names on Reynolda campus buildings, scholarships, and professorships represent the legacy left by those who have come before us.
The Samuel Wait Legacy Society honors its namesake, the University’s first president, who in the winter of 1834 led an inspired group of Baptists in creating the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute. His tenacious drive, virtue, and vision helped create what began with just sixteen students and has now become one of the nation’s premier universities. The Samuel Wait Legacy Society recognizes those alumni and friends who, like Dr. Wait, share a vision for an even greater Wake Forest University.
Now is our time to be the visionaries for Wake Forest's future. By endowing a professorship, scholarship, or other fund, your gift will permanently provide for the students and faculty of tomorrow. Membership in the society is extended to those who have made a legacy gift to Wake Forest through a will, a charitable remainder trust, a charitable gift annuity, a charitable lead trust, a life-estate arrangement, or life insurance.
We encourage you to consider your personal legacy to Wake Forest University. By making a planned gift, your legacy will become a part of the University's future and will serve as a permanent reminder of your generosity to and love for Wake Forest.