The students pictured here are just six of the 99 students who received a Dean’s Merit Scholarship award this year. When I interviewed each of these students about scholarship support, a common
In addition to expressing their gratitude, all talked about the feeling of community
they have within their respective departments and among their peers—that it feels as though they have a
second family here. It was a wonderful thing to hear, and it made me feel very
proud. My colleagues—all faculty and staff members—truly care about what we do.
Scholarship support motivates our students to excel, and it
enables them to immerse themselves fully in the student experience. This year’s
recipients used the funds to defray post-graduation debt; to purchase
textbooks, coursework material, or research supplies; and to fund travel both
regionally and abroad.
Graduating seniors in the Class of 2015 joined
faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends to provide support to one of the
six Dean’s Merit Scholarship funds last year. In fact, the support increased so
much that deans were able to award 20 more scholarships. The Class
of 2016 has also elected to pay it forward by supporting these same funds this
Your support can be directed to any of the Dean’s Merit
Scholarship funds through to the University Family Drive by referencing the
fund numbers below.
You can download a form or make your payroll deduction
commitment electronically by visiting the University Family Drive.
You can also make a secure credit card gift online.
On behalf of the students who benefit, I thank you!
Emily SmeltzDirector of Annual Giving