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Laura Edwards
Laura Edwards Empowering the Dream

Laura Edwards is the Assistant Director of the Economic Club of Memphis and has been an University of Memphis employee since 1981. She has contributed annually to the U of M for many years through the monthly automatic payroll deduction program.

In her own words, Laura describes why she is Empowering the Dream:

The University has been very good to me and, after more than 30 years as an employee, it really feels like 'home.' I first came to the University as a freshman college student in 1972, and, now, 40 years later, I look back and so appreciate the long and very rewarding relationship between me and my University. During this time, I have earned two degrees and begun studies towards a third; developed untold lasting relationships with colleagues, students and clients; acquired wonderful memories of the fun and excitement watching Tiger basketball; and have had the opportunity to be a part of the phenomenal growth of our beautiful campus in an increasingly challenging academic environment.

I give through automatic monthly deduction from my paycheck, and though it may not seem like much at the time, it adds up to a sizable contribution over the course of a year. I give to a scholarship fund because it allows me to give back in a way that not only repays the invaluable benefits that I have received from the University, but also allows me to ‘pay forward’ for future generations of college students.

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