Toulmin Foundation endows $250K arts scholarship

Hanover College has received $250,000 from the Dayton, Ohio-based Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation for an endowed scholarship that will help students in the fields of music and theater.

The Virginia B. Toulmin Scholarship in the Performing Arts will support a student majoring in one of the above areas during for all four years of study. Chosen by a panel administered by the College’s Regional Arts Partnership with the Indiana Arts Commission, preference will go toward a student from Seymour, Ind., or Jackson County, Ind.; the Toulmin Scholar will receive $12,500 annually.

“More than 95 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid,” said President Sue DeWine. “Not only will this scholarship allow our students to develop their performing abilities to the fullest potential, it will help us ensure Hanover remains an affordable option for them. I am extremely grateful to the Toulmin Foundation for their generous support.”

Born in St. Louis, Mo., Toulmin served as a public health nurse before taking a job as a nurse-stewardess on the St. Louis-Washington, D.C., line of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It was there she met her husband, successful international patent attorney Harry Aubrey Toulmin Jr., son of the famed attorney who secured and defended the Wright Brothers’ patent for their flying machine.

After his death in 1965, Toulmin successfully ran Central Pharmaceuticals, based in Seymour, Ind., which her husband owned and on whose board she served. The company thrived under her leadership, and Toulmin sold it for more than $178 million in 1995. She devoted the remainder of her life to philanthropy, generously supporting the arts, and health and human services organizations in the U.S. and around the world.