New Mitchell scholarship honors Raymers


The Mitchell Community College Endowment for Excellence recently announced the creation of a new endowed scholarship in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davidson Raymer. The donations totaling over $25,000 were given by family and friends to honor the Raymer’s long-time commitment to Mitchell.


Ray Davidson Raymer and Margaret Joyce Saunders Raymer were both born in Iredell County. Ray was a country boy and grew up on a farm.  Joyce was raised in the city of Statesville.  They both attended Mitchell College where, despite previously being acquainted with one another and each other’s families, their friendship and life-long relationship truly began. 


While at Mitchell, Joyce pursued her love of music. According to her children, she had a beautiful voice and often talked fondly of her music teacher at Mitchell.  She was named May Queen and played on the women’s basketball team. After serving in World War II, Ray, better known as “Tootie”, attended Mitchell.  He drove the bus for the woman’s basketball team which helped foster his friendship with Joyce.  Together, Ray and Joyce raised five children.  Their children always recall hearing them talk fondly of their time at Mitchell where they fell in love and developed life-long friendships.  


Individuals, organizations and businesses can establish Endowed or Named Scholarships to provide additional funds for deserving students. Contributors are typically community members, faculty, staff, or alumni who wish to create a memorial or tribute fund in honor of loved ones. Donors may establish an Endowed Scholarship with gifts of $15,000 or more. Only the annual interest income generated by the endowment is used for annual scholarships, allowing the fund to benefit students in perpetuity. To learn more about scholarship opportunities at Mitchell, contact the Office of Development and College Relations at (704) 878-4321.