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Lyon College professor raises money for Scottish Heritage Program

Associate Professor of History Dr. Mark Wallace has issued a challenge to the Lyon College community: If he can raise $3,000 to endow the college’s Saltire Award, he will donate a dollar for every mile he runs in preparation for the Edinburgh Marathon.

Wallace will run the Edinburgh Marathon in Scotland on May 26, which will also conclude the Nichols trip he will lead for students. Lyon’s Nichols trips give students the chance to travel internationally for two weeks with a faculty leader at a discount. Wallace’s trip will focus on Celtic Studies.

“I am running the race to raise awareness for the Celtic Studies minor and the Scottish Heritage Program at Lyon,” said Wallace, adding that he also enjoys running.

With the support of Lyon’s Institutional Advancement, Wallace has established a GoFundMe page called “Lyon College Scottish Heritage Marathon Challenge” to fundraise.

“We are excited to partner with Dr. Wallace to honor our Scottish Heritage and to participate in helping students who are passionate about it,” said Vice President of Advancement David Hutchison.

Executive Director of Advancement Gina Garrett added, “Dr. Wallace is one more example of how Lyon's professors are willing to go the extra mile for their students. Well, in his case, it's 26 miles, plus all the miles he is putting into training for the race.”

Garrett said Wallace and others created the Saltire Award to recognize superior students in Celtic Studies or Scottish Arts, and funds raised go toward that award.

“It is a nod to this great college's Presbyterian heritage. I personally was moved to give because of Mark's extraordinary dedication, and I hope others will be, too," said Garrett.

The Saltire Award was established in 2018 to honor a Lyon College senior who best represents the values of the college’s Scottish Heritage Program. Requirements include a 3.5 GPA, demonstrated service to Lyon, and demonstrated service to the community. The winner receives a medal and a cash prize.

Click here if you would like to donate to the Scottish Heritage Marathon Challenge.