Annual Scholarship Luncheon Grows With New Contributors, Celebrates Students’ Achievements
On Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, Arcadia’s third annual Scholarship Luncheon
celebrated the generosity of benefactors and the contributions of
student recipients, gathering more than 90 attendees representing 29
scholarships. The event exceeded its attendance in 2009 and 2008, with
30 more participants than in previous years.
Vice President for University Advancement Nick Costa hopes such growth continues
into 2011 and beyond so that the Luncheon becomes a “household name”
among students on campus.
“There is an atmosphere in the room at the Luncheon unlike that at many other
donor events,” says Costa. “It seems to emanate from donors and students connecting.
Donors get a firsthand revelation of how their gifts are directly impacting
the daily lives of students—primarily in their studies and education, but also in
their goals and dreams.”
Costa notes that two key University goals are stewardship of charitable donors
and an early understanding among students about the concept of “giving back.”
The latter is especially important for those students who have benefited from the
generosity of alumni who have come before them. As the Scholarship Luncheon
becomes a larger and more well-known campus event, these goals will be accomplished.
“I hope that the relationships that are built here today between students and donors
creates a new generation of Arcadia family members that want to see this
school change and grow, in any direction that we can imagine to take it,” agreed
Susan Laverty ’12, the Luncheon speaker and recipient of the Walter Hellendall
’77 Endowed Scholarship.
In her speech, Laverty, a History and Secondary Education major, expressed her
deep gratitude to Hellendall family members in the audience, for their generosity
in establishing the scholarship in Hellendall’s memory.
Past President Jerry Greiner concluded the event by saying, “I want to thank all
of the donors for their generous support and many significant contributions to
Arcadia. I also want to congratulate our students. Your efforts and achievements
have been rewarded by scholarship support. I urge you to continue to pursue
your education, remembering the men and women who have made it possible.”