Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Catawba College alumnus Andrew “Drew” Allvine, class of 1993, and wife Blake Burton of Atlanta have established a new scholarship at Catawba through a deferred gift of a life insurance policy.
The Andrew Earl and Blake Burton Allvine Scholarship was established through Catawba’s Tower Society.
Allvine majored in international business with an emphasis in accounting and minored in German at Catawba. His wife graduated from Georgia Tech in 2002.
“Blake and I believe we are here to serve others and give back to people and the community,” he said. “It’s not about us; it’s about doing something for someone else. It’s a gift. At Catawba, people invested in me without expecting anything in return. Now we’re giving to others who might not otherwise be able to go to school and hopefully this gift will help shape their values and the world in a positive way.”
The Allvines say the new scholarship is also a way to honor both sets of their parents who “made sacrifices for us.” Fred and Nancy Allvine grew up in Kansas and now live in Atlanta. Larry and Wanita Burton are originally from Iowa, but now live in Ohio. They also want the scholarship to recognize their siblings who encouraged and supported them.
Allvine has been employed for six years by InterAct Public Safety Systems and is senior sales vice president for its Southeast region.
Blake is an academic solutions consultant with Pearson Education, marketing college textbooks to seven institutions in the Southeast, including Clemson, Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia Tech. Pearson Education is offering annual donations for the Allvine Scholarship as well.