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The generous gift from Elon parents Gregory and Shelley Bausch P’16 and P’18 endows scholarships to ensure exercise science majors access to Elon Experiences.

A new endowment from a gift from Arizona’s Gregory and Shelley Bausch P’16 and P’18 will ensure exercise science majors have access to Elon Experiences in internships and undergraduate research.

The Joyce Davis Endowment for Exercise Science was established to recognize the life-changing mentorship exercise science professor Joyce Davis provided to her daughter, Megan Bausch ’18.

Exercise Science Professor Joyce Davis

Shelley Bausch announced the endowment Monday, Aug. 15, during Elon College’s College of Arts and Sciences annual faculty meeting, surprising Davis and her colleagues with the news.

“The impact you have as teachers on students’ lives is incredible,” Bausch said. “As a family, we sit down and talk about the people who make a difference in our lives and many of you in this room are often invited to our table, even if you don’t know it.

“When we talked about doing it as a family, we looked at Elon’s academic mission: ‘to build supportive and collaborative human relationships that promote personal growth’ and the role of faculty ‘to provide challenge and encouragement to help students to discover their ambition to seek greatness and develop in them the courage to achieve it.’ This is Joyce Davis.”

The $50,000 endowment funds scholarships for students with financial need to complete internships and pursue graduate research opportunities within exercise science. Ensuring that all students have access to these experiences, among Elon’s five experiences that also include global engagement, service-learning and leadership, is one of the priorities of Boldly Elon’s strategic plan.

“It is an incredible honor for the Bausch family to help future students achieve and achieve important goals as their two sons did,” Davis said. “This will give more opportunities to more students, and that is what I have tried to do in my career. My whole purpose in being a faculty member is to push students to set and achieve goals as authentic.

Shelley Bausch, in a white dress behind a podium, talks to teacher Joyce Davis, wearing a black mask and blue blouse.
Shelley Bausch surprises exercise science teacher Joyce Davis with an endowment in her name at the Elon College faculty meeting Monday, Aug. 15.

Davis was Megan Bausch’s advisor during her four years at Elon and taught her in several courses. He remembers Megan Bausch as an enthusiastic and energetic student who was meticulously prepared, had specific goals and was unwavering in her commitment to achieving them. In 2021, Megan Bausch graduated at the top of her class from AT Still University of Health Sciences with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, an achievement the Bausch family attributes in part to Davis’ guidance and confidence he instilled. Davis and Bausch, now a medical assistant at OrthoArizona, stay in frequent contact.

“Joyce never doubted Megan’s abilities,” said Shelley Bausch. “She set high expectations for my daughter and was there to help her when it was hard, but never left her side. Megan needed someone to teach fiercely and love fiercely, and that’s what she did Joyce.

“She, Matthew, Greg and I are so grateful to you, and for that we are delighted to give this Joyce Davis Endowment for Exercise Science in her name.”

Davis, whose background is in biomechanics, has taught at Elon for 26 years. The 2022-23 academic year will be his last as a full-time faculty member before he retires.

The Bauschs have been strong advocates for Elon, its faculty and its programs since their son, Matthew Bausch ’16, was a physics and finance double major. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

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