Virginia Alice Cottey Day

Friday, March 27, 2020


Virginia Alice Cottey Portrait
Each year on Virginia Alice Cottey’s birthday, students would ask her what she’d like as a present. She asked for donations to the college in lieu of personal gifts in order to further support women’s education. In honor of this tradition, we are holding Virginia Alice Cottey Day on her birthday, March 27, and asking donors to make a gift as part of the celebration.

This passage from The Life of Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard illustrates how much this tradition meant to her:

Alice’s birthday was celebrated with the usual special dinner. As the meal ended, one of the girls put a box in front of Alice. When she opened it, she discovered seventy-five dollars in gold for the endowment fund. As usual she gave tearful thanks, but no one realized how much passed through her mind as she spoke. How well she knew the sacrifices made to gather that amount. As she looked about her, she could see scarcely a girl who could give a dollar without denying herself some necessity and the gift became twice as valuable.

Donations for Virginia Alice Cottey Day can be either undesignated or marked for the Student Emergency Aid Fund. Both will be used to cover the immediate needs of the College and its students as we manage the COVID-19 outbreak in the safest manner possible.

If you would like to mail a check, please send it to:

Cottey College
Office of Institutional Advancement
1000 W. Austin Blvd.
Nevada, MO 64772