Virginia Tech Athletics would not be where it is today without the help of ALL of our donors. The funds raised each year play a vital role in allowing Hokie student-athletes to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Below are a few stories of donors who a given through various avenues and continue to make an impact on Virginia Tech Athletics. We would like to extend a special THANK YOU for their generosity.
Lisa Karlisch ’93 – Alexandria, VA
Former Hokie Volleyball Student-Athlete; Current Hokie Club supporter
Lisa Karlisch played volleyball at Virginia Tech from 1989-1992. She knew she was meant to be a Hokie the moment she stepped on campus during her recruiting visit her senior year of high school. Since then she has been a loyal supporter of Virginia Tech—continuing to be involved with the volleyball team, cheering on the football and basketball teams, and encouraging her two young children to follow in her footsteps by becoming Hokies themselves.
“Everything good in my life has come from attending Virginia Tech. I feel indebted to Tech for the wonderful personal and professional success I have had and feel committed to give back so others can have the same experience.” Lisa Karlisch, Class of 1993
Dub Whitescarver ’50 – Riner, VA
50+ Years of Active Giving
A 1950 Graduate in Mechanical Engineering and active Hokie Club Member since 1964, Dub Whitescarver and his family epitomize what it means to be a part of the Hokie Nation. He has served in various volunteer capacities including being a Hokie Rep for 15 years and President of the Franklin County Hokie Club. He and his late wife of 39 years, Mary Ann, have generously contributed to various needs of Hokie Athletics including an endowed scholarship, which is rewarded to a female tennis student-athlete each year. From the days in Miles Stadium and War Memorial Gym to the exciting action in Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum, Dub Whitescarver has been a steady presence and loyal, generous supporter his entire life.
“I am so proud of where our programs are today. Many of my fondest memories with Mary Ann and my family have taken place watching the Hokies. I believe in the present leaders and coaches and plan to support Virginia Tech as long as I possibly can. GO HOKIES!” Dub Whitescarver, Class of 1950
Sonu Singh ’91 – Great Falls, VA
Capital Projects Donor
Sonu Singh is a true Hokie! He was raised in Blacksburg, graduated from the VT Industrial Engineering program, both parents are Professors at VT, and his business, 1901 Group LLC, is located at 1901 Innovation Drive in the Corporate Research Center. Sonu started selling Cokes at VT football games in the 6th grade, and grew up watching Franklin Stubbs, Bruce Smith, and Dell Curry dominate VT athletics. Over the years, Sonu has been an active supporter of the Hokie Club.
“I’ve watched Virginia Tech transition from a nice regional University to a national academic and athletic power. The change has been nothing short of remarkable. In fact, wherever we travel, we always seem to bump into other Hokies”. Sonu believes supporting the Hokie Club is the basis for providing student athletes the facilities and support to be competitive — both on the field and, more importantly, off the field.
“I absolutely love hearing about successful VT athletes in business, academics, and, of course in sports. In fact, just watching and reading about the Fuller brothers (Vinny, Cory, Kyle, and Kendall) and their success on the field and off the field is a manifestation of the impact the Hokie Club has on Virginia Tech.” Sonu Singh, Class of 1991
Dave ’84 and Lisa Thoma – Blacksburg, VA
Scholarship Endowment Donor
In March of 1973, Dave fell in love with the Hokies while watching them win the NIT tournament with his older brother, who was attending Virginia Tech at the time. From then on, it never occurred to Dave to apply to any other schools. Dave went “early decision” and graduated from the College of Engineering in 1984. He soon met Lisa, who fell in love not only with Dave but with Virginia Tech. She adopted the Hokies 25 years ago when they were married, and immediately requested football season tickets for her birthday. A marriage made in heaven, they have two children, Amber and Greg, and even named their first dog Hokie! In 2011, they sold their company and decided the only logical place to retire was Blacksburg, so in May of 2013, they moved from Northern Virginia with their dogs Dexter and Sarge and settled into the heart of the Hokie Nation.
“We have been blessed to have the success we have had and believe it is a direct result of the education we received. We wanted to pay it forward, and it warms our hearts to know ‘The Thoma Family Endowment’ enables a student-athlete to get a great education, play the sport they love, and best of all, be a Hokie!” Dave and Lisa Thoma, Class of 1984