When a Spelman woman receives her acceptance letter, celebrates her first Founders Day, or passes through the Alumnae Arch at her 50th class reunion, she upholds the traditions and values passed down from the first generation of Spelman women.  She becomes a part of a sisterhood that honors the women who came before her and cherishes those who will come after her.  This important heritage, combined with individual experiences, helps to shape what will become a Spelman woman’s personal legacy.

The personal and professional legacy of Judge Brenda H. Cole, C’63, is a model for future Spelman women to aspire.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman,  a master’s degree in Library Science from the former Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) and her law degree from Emory University.  Cole began her legal career as an assistant attorney general in Georgia’s Fiscal Affairs Division in 1988. Just 25 years after leaving Spelman, she was appointed to the Georgia State Court.

While Judge Cole’s professional accomplishments have made her an outstanding role model for women who will follow in her footsteps, it is her personal commitment to Spelman and her impact on the future of her Spelman sisters that will feature prominently in her personal legacy.

Recently, Judge Cole made a $15,000 gift to be used during the next three years for the Judge Brenda Hill Cole Legal Scholarship. This gift will be awarded to a student studying for a pre-law degree. In addition, Judge Cole has arranged for an additional planned gift in the form of a bequest to the College.

“I give because I am proud of the significant contributions that Spelman makes to its students, its graduates and to this world,” said Judge Cole, about her gifts, which consider both immediate needs of today while planning for the needs of tomorrow. “I give to Spelman because of the many gifts that Spelman has given me over the years.  I give to help make the wonderful education opportunities Spelman offers available to other young women.”

Both of Judge Cole’s gifts will count toward the class of 1963’s Reunion gifts this spring and could help them take home the bragging rights for top philanthropy honors at this year’s Blue Note Theatre event.

If you are interested in making a planned gift or would like to learn more about the different ways to make financial contributions , please contact Faye Ainsworth at 404-270-5059 or by email at fainswor@spelman.edu. –Written by Kristine Haskett, development writer, in the Office of Institutional Advancement.