The Jennie Noell Wilmarth Estate donated $500,000 to Hargrave Military Academy on February 12, 2015. Two of Wilmarth’s grandsons are Hargrave alumni LT Oliver M. Salman ‘09 and Randall B. Orwick ‘06.
Ms. Wilmarth’s daughter, Mrs. Fran Salman — mother of LT Oliver M. Salman — presented the gift.
“Hargrave extends its most sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the Wilmarth and Salman family….This is a significant gift that will make an impact on the lives of Cadets now and into the future in many ways,” said Hargrave president Don Broome (BG USA, Ret.).
The gift has initially been used to update the Academy’s transportation fleet. The remaining funds will be allocated for scholarship, the annual fund, and additional capital needs. The family wishes that some portion of the gift will be used for scholarship.
LT Oliver Salman has pursued a military career. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill on an Army ROTC scholarship. He graduated from U.S. Army Ranger School, June 2014. Currently stationed at Fort Bragg, Salman is platoon leader in Delta Company, 1/508th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division.
The family previously donated the Academy’s Randall and Jeanie Wilmarth Game Room – part of Hargrave’s John D. Smith III ‘56 Student Center.