For the Future of Education

Karol Hull ’62 has dedicated her life to education. Her devotion is a product of where she grew up, in Southwest Virginia’s Carroll County.

“The people there really believe in education,” Hull said. “So, that made it easy for me.”

After graduating from Hillsville High School, Hull went off to college at Radford and became a teacher. Throughout her education career, she taught “everywhere,” she said, in public and private schools and at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton for 15 years.

“Radford prepared me to be a good teacher. All I had to say on an interview was ‘I went to Radford’ and I always got a job,” Hull said. “Radford has a good reputation of working with the community and preparing teachers.”

About eight to 10 of her classmates from Hillsville High attended Radford and most of them became teachers. And “a lot of the teachers I knew in Carroll County had been to Radford,” she said.

In recent years, Carroll County “has been hit so hard with all the furniture factories and knitting mills leaving,” Hull said. She had attended Radford with the aid of scholarships and wanted to find a way to help students from her home county who may be struggling to find the financial means to afford going to college.

A few years ago, she and her husband Phil Hull created the Karol Willis Hull Scholarship to benefit students from Carroll County who are pursuing teaching licensure in Radford University’s College of Education and Human Development.

“I went to Radford on scholarship and I wanted to give back,” she said. “I’m happy we can do more for those Carroll County students who want to go to school to become teachers.”

The Hulls’ gift has given a tremendous boost to future educators and she loves reading the letters of gratitude she receives from recipients each year.

“I’m extremely happy with the impact our gift is making,” Hull said. “I’m so glad and thankful we were able to create the scholarship.”