Scholarship donors honored at annual luncheon
More than 200 guests at the annual Scholarship Luncheon held on campus April 28 celebrated the special connection between scholarship winners and the generous donors who fund the College’s 331 endowed and annual scholarships, which contribute about $1.8 million to the $30 million in academic scholarships and need-based aid that supports 90 percent of McDaniel students. Seven new scholarship funds were also announced.
In welcoming scholarship donors and students, President Roger Casey announced the largest bequest for scholarships in the college’s history, a $975,000 gift from the estate of Philip Henry Dorsey, class of 1891, representing the partial distribution of The Dorsey Trust valued at about $6.7 million that eventually will be earmarked for scholarships too.
Casey also highlighted some recent achievements that honor donors’ investment in McDaniel students.
“Earlier this year, we were praised again when McDaniel was included in the newest edition of the revised ‘Colleges That Change Lives,’” Casey said. “Its author boldly raved, ‘If you’re looking for a college free from pretense and full of genuine care, put McDaniel at the top of your list.’”
Four student speakers represented the more than 300 recipients of endowed and annual scholarships. Erin Giles, a sophomore majoring in Communication, is the recipient of the Class of 1963 Scholarship.
Giles, vice-president of the Student Alumni Council, a peer mentor, student ambassador and co-editor of the yearbook, spoke about the difference McDaniel is making in her life, and the fact that it would not have been possible without the scholarship.
“I can genuinely say that my life has changed for the better, in more ways than I can count, since coming to McDaniel,” Giles said. “None of this would have been possible without the generous donations into my Class of 1963 Scholarship.”
Mathematics and Computer Science double major Wes Weicht is a senior and the recipient of the Austin E. Penn Endowed Scholarship.
“Standing here as a senior I can say that … I am proud of who I am, I am confident, and I am a part of the McDaniel Family,” said Weicht, a member of the Math Club, the Commuter Student Association and the Math Honor Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon. “I would not be standing her etoday, a changed man, a proud member of McDaniel College, if it wasn’t for every single one of you that made this financially possible for me.”
Only through scholarships was junior English major Teal Koch, recipient of the D.M. Keel Scholarship, able to consider McDaniel.
“Last spring, I had the pleasure of studying abroad in the beautiful country of Costa Rica,” said Koch, who is president of McDaniel’s chapter of Phi Mu national sorority, a parent preview guide and peer mentor. “My three-month stay was covered entirely by my financial aid and grants. I climbed up mountains, went on a run through the rain forest and jumped off of a 30-foot waterfall.
“All of these memories were made possible by the generosity of my donors.”
Dwight Carmon, a senior majoring in Psychology, is a resident assistant, peer mentor and member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
“When I walked through ‘red square’ (Memorial Plaza) my junior year of high school after visiting for a weekend, I knew I could see myself here. However, I also knew it was financially out of reach,” Carmon, recipient of the Eva L. Lewis Memorial Scholarship, said. “You have no idea how great it felt for my family and I to receive financial support in order for me to pursue one of my biggest aspirations.
“I am the first in my family to attend college so I am working to set an example for my younger brothers and I thank those contributors for helping me do just that.”
New endowed and annual scholarships are:
The Jack and Barbara Fringer Endowed Scholarship Fund (see photo at top), established by Jack Fringer, Class of 1960, and his wife Barbara, Class of 1961, to benefit a military dependent with sophomore, junior or senior status, or a veteran of military service, with a preference given to those minoring in education.
Michael Converso, Erin Giles, President Roger Casey
The Michelangelo Francis Converso Scholarship Fund
The Michelangelo Francis Converso Scholarship Fund, which was established by Mr. Converso’s son Michael, Class of 1950. This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student who is a member of the College’s orchestra, plays a string instrument and maintains a GPA of 3.0.
Michael Snyder, Erin Giles, President Roger Casey
The Eleanor Louise Schmidt Tate ’35 Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Eleanor Louise Schmidt Tate ’35 Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to celebrate the life of Eleanor Tate and to also honor her career as a nutritionist and her passion for traveling around the world. This scholarship will support a student majoring in exercise science and physical education or a student who desires to expand their global knowledge by studying abroad.
Marvin Milstein, Susan Milstein, Erin Giles, President Roger Casey
The Susan and Marvin Milstein Annual Scholarship
The Susan and Marvin Milstein Annual Scholarship was established by faculty member Susan Milstein and her husband Marvin to honor Susan’s time on the Hill and her devotion to her students. The scholarship is awarded to a junior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher majoring in Accounting, Economics or Business Administration who excels in this major.
The William M. and Sandra G. Rogers Scholarship Fund was established by Sandra Gordon Rogers, Class of 1975 and her husband William. The scholarship is awarded annually to a first generation college student with sophomore, junior or senior standing who strives for academic success while remaining a participating member of the college or local community as demonstrated through employment, community service or similar activity.
The James Breuer Target Endowed Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of Jim Breuer for his service as chair and member of the Board of Trustees of Target Community and Educational Services.
The Donna May Grewell Cornwell ’62 Scholarship Fund, which was established by William J. Cornwell as a tribute to his wife to honor her love for teaching young children, and her warmly remembered educational and social experiences on the Hill.