Forever Orange: The Campaign for Baker University
Couple pays it forward with endowed scholarship
Class of 2003 (Lee), 2005 (Jill)
Lee Driver, ’03, a fourth-generation Baker graduate, and Jill (Noel) Driver, ’05, both from small towns in Kansas, found just what they were looking for in a college experience at Baker University: a close-knit environment and supportive atmosphere.
Jill, who is from La Cygne, majored in elementary education, and Lee, who is from Williamsburg, was a member of Kappa Sigma and a shooting guard for the Wildcat basketball team. He majored in accounting and finance.
The college sweethearts now call Olathe home, where they work and raise their family. Jill taught in both the West Franklin district and the Shawnee Mission district and now stays home with their three small children. Lee is a partner at the public accounting firm Grant Thornton.
Lee credits the leadership of business professors Martha Harris and Dr. Kevin McCarthy and many others for helping him feel confident in embarking on a successful professional career. The Drivers support Baker to give back to those who helped shape them and have started an endowed scholarship fund with Lee’s sister, Laura (Driver) Peek, ’02; brother, Scott Driver, ’07; and father, Roger Driver, ’75. Their intent is to help students from small towns have the opportunity to attend Baker and get involved in extracurricular activities.
“We want to pay it forward, especially helping those students from small towns who might really need the extra assistance,” they said.