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Online scholarship auction winner arrives on campus

August 18, 2010 : Sarah Wittcop

Freshman David Ireland, along with his parents, Kelly and Josephine, and his brother, Wesley, visit with Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Tuesday.

NOTE: Liberty is sponsoring bus transportation to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally on Aug. 28. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats are $5 per person. Sign-ups are taking place now in CN 2900 (the offices above the Tilley Student Center). For more information, call (434) 592-3061.


This fall, more than 4,000 new students will be moving to Liberty University’s 6,500 acre campus to begin their collegiate pursuit.

For freshman David Ireland from Woodland, Texas, attending Liberty allows him to earn a college degree while supporting a good cause. He was the winner of the online charity auction for a four-year residential scholarship to Liberty University.

Proceeds from the auction benefit Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally to be held in Washington, D.C., later this month, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to surviving children of special operations personnel who died serving their country. The scholarship was one of two that Liberty University donated for the auction, drawing a total of $70,000 in charitable contributions this summer.

Ireland’s mother, Josephine, first heard of the auction from her son’s piano teacher.

“We just kept thinking that the auction was too good to be true,” she said. “It has been a big blessing.”

The auction was scheduled to end during the Irelands’ cross-country vacation in July, making active bidding on the scholarship difficult.

“We were watching the clock,” said Josephine Ireland. “We just kept expecting to be outbid.”
Not only did winning the scholarship allow the Irelands to save money on tuition, it also allowed them to donate their winning bid of $42,500 to a charitable cause of which they are connected and are proud to support.

“My brother was in the Special Forces and my nephew is currently in the Special Forces,” said Kelly Ireland, David’s father. “Plus, Glenn Beck is a voice of truth in the world.”

David, who is considering a major in accounting, is confident in his decision to attend Liberty.

“I had visited other campuses,” he said. “I felt more at home [at Liberty] than I did anywhere else.”
Although seeing their first child off to college will be bittersweet, the Irelands are at ease in leaving their son at Liberty.

“You are not just a number here,” said Kelly Ireland. “The faculty really wants the students to excel.”