It was only through the generosity of others that Jim Schubert was able to attend college. The Pittsburgh native never forgot the experience as he built a successful career, first as an accountant, and now as president and CEO of Showbest Fixture Corporation, a Richmond manufacturer. He and wife Laraine established the Schubert Family Endowed Leadership Scholarship, not only to recognize the value they and son Matthew (’11) place on a CNU education, but also to pay forward the generosity that made it all possible.
“I’ve lived the American dream and been very successful,” Jim Schubert says. “If we can give back and help people get to college, be productive citizens and lead good lives, then we’ll have done our part.” He credits CNU’s core values of academics, leadership, service and honor – the same ones he holds dear – as the inspiration for the scholarship. “I’m a big believer in building citizens,” he says. “There’s an atmosphere at Christopher Newport that fosters good citizenship and social skills, civic responsibility, and giving back to the community that is not found at other schools.”
Schubert Scholars participate in the President’s Leadership Program and demonstrate high academic achievement and strong evidence of leadership and public service.