Mabe Scholarship to Support Bluefield College Business Students
Business students at Bluefield College will now have access to even more financial aid, thanks to a scholarship established by alumnus and local accountant Leroy Mabe.
January 15, 2010
Mr. Mabe, a 1953 graduate of Bluefield College who studied business administration, created the scholarship not only to support BC students, but also to honor his late sister, Betty Lou Mabe.
"It seemed like a fitting tribute to her," Mr. Mabe said about establishing the Betty Lou Mabe Endowed Scholarship. "My hope is to help others receive an education, a Christian-based education."
A certified public accounant in Bluefield, West Virginia, for more than 40 years, Mr. Mabe said the scholarship is a proper memorial for his sister's dedication to Bluefield College and her success in the business community.
A native of Bramwell, West Virginia, Ms. Mabe attended Bluefield College in the early 1960s, studying business administration. While a student, she was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Thespian Society.
After graduating from BC in 1964, she attended Bluefield State College before beginning a career in business. She was the owner and manager of Plaza Bookstore in the Bluefield Plaza on Cumberland Road in Bluefield, West Virginia. She also worked in public accounting and real estate before retiring.
Outside of her career, Ms. Mabe was president of the Bluefield Quota Club and a member of the Bluefield Woman's Club, the McGuffey Book Club, and the Duhring Church of Christ. She also was an active volunteer for the United Way of the Virginias.
In addition, she remained committed to her alma mater, Bluefield College, serving the school in a variety of volunteer capacities, including as president of the Alumni Association. She passed away in March 2009 at the age of 77.
"We are sincerely grateful that Mr. Mabe chose to honor his sister's legacy by creating this scholarship in her name," said BC's Ruth Blankenship, vice president for advancement. "This is a very heartfelt way of giving that anyone can do. Many people do not realize how much they can benefit others and change lives when they honor someone they love."
Students interested in applying for the Betty Lou Mabe Endowed Scholarship should contact the Bluefield College Financial Aid Office at by e-mail at or by phone 276-326-4604. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Business administration students will be given preference, but students of other majors are also eligible.
Alumni, family and friends who wish to contribute to the scholarship in memory of Ms. Mabe or who may be interested in establishing their own scholarship fund in honor or in memory of someone they love should contact the BC Advancement Office by e-mail at or by phone at 276-326-4209.