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McDaniel students thank donors at annual luncheon

April 16, 2012

The annual Scholarship Luncheon held April 15 on campus drew over 220 guests to celebrate the special connection between scholarship winners and the generous donors who fund the College’s 325 endowed and annual scholarships, which contribute about $1.8 million to the $27 million in academic scholarships and need-based aid that supports 90 percent of McDaniel students. Five new scholarship funds were also announced.

Cristal Fortino was one of four student speakers who represented McDaniel’s more than 300 scholarship winners at the luncheon.  A mother of two, Fortino enrolled at the College after her husband lost his job due to downsizing. It was around her family’s dinner table that the decision was made for her to return to school, and it was a generous scholarship that afforded her to achieve that goal. Fortino, who completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and graduated summa cum laude this past December, is currently enrolled in the College’s graduate program in Human Resources Development with plans to complete her master’s in 2014.

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“It was the best experience of my life, ” said Fortino who conquered academic challenges step by step, from writing her first 20-page paper to creating a Powerpoint presentation.

“I was never asked for a student I.D. number…[at McDaniel] every professor knew my name. I am now prepared and ready for the future,” she said.

She was joined by seniors Ashley Day, a first-generation student from Baltimore City; Brendon Coll, whose internships have guaranteed him a position with an area accounting firm; and Lia Snow, who graduated in 2010 and is currently juggling graduate studies in Human Services Management at McDaniel with her job as Community Living Director for Target Community & Educational Services Inc., in Westminster.

President Roger Casey provided welcoming words and introduced the student speakers — allowing donors to hear first-hand the achievements of those who have benefited from their gifts.

In his remarks, President Casey added, “We are a large college from the point of view of our hearts…when you leave here today, wear an ‘I Am McDaniel’ button and tell your friends, classmates, and colleagues about the power of scholarships.”

New annual and endowed scholarships are as follows:

Deena Reynolds, Class of 2001, who established a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a deserving student who has graduated from public school systems of Prince George’s County or Washington, D.C., with preference given to a student studying German or a foreign language and with financial need.
(with photo)

Rachael A. Wentz, Class of 1962, who established a scholarship in her name through a retained life income gift and currently is awarded annually, the first recipient was named this year. Students are selected based on financial need with preference given to a student majoring in a foreign language.
(with photo)

Beverly Bosworth Lisle, Class of 1959, and her husband Tom, who established an annual scholarship in their names to be awarded to a deserving student with financial need.

Nanci H. Feltham, a graduate alumna, Class of 1986, and her husband Edward, who established a scholarship in their names to be awarded to a student majoring in mathematics, history or English with a preference given to an academically talented student with financial need who also is pursuing a minor in education; and Joyce E. Gorsuch, Class of 1949, who established a scholarship in her name for a student with financial need.

The luncheon concluded with President Casey’s invitation for all guests to join him for the afternoon program featuring two longtime Washington, D.C., journalists and husband and wife, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt in a discussion on politics, the current presidential election and the changing media landscape.

To learn more about funding scholarships, contact Institutional Advancement at 410-857-2250.