MU Loyalty Campaign Volunteers Celebrate Raising $20,000 for Student Scholarships

Dr. Stanley T. Wearden and Dr. Kenneth Lewis

After about a month of calls, visits and conversations, volunteers helped to raise $20,000 for Methodist University’s students in just one month.

On Feb. 25, Methodist University hosted its Loyalty Campaign for Student Scholarships celebration luncheon that celebrated the many volunteers and community donors who gave time and money to the volunteer-led portion of the campaign, which kicked off on Jan. 28.

The financial assistance that 95 percent of all MU students receive is partially funded through the Loyalty Campaign for Student Scholarships.

Dr. Ken Lewis, owner and practitioner at Lewis Family Dentistry on Ramsey Street, received the 20th annual Loyalty Campaign Supporter of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual or business that consistently supports the university’s campaign.

“Fayetteville, Cumberland County and especially Methodist University are proud and honored to have Dr. Ken Lewis as a long-standing and involved member of our community, our Methodist University family, and as our 2020 Loyalty Campaign Supporter of the Year,” said Dr. Stanley Wearden, president of MU. “We hope that this award will show our gratitude for the part you have played in having the futures of so many young people.”

One of those young people impacted by the campaign, Khalil Khatib, spoke during the event to help volunteers and donors understand the importance of the gift they give.

Khatib, a football player and business administration major, is the son of immigrants. His mother, who lived in Jordan, fell in love with his father, from Palestine. The two married and moved to Raleigh, N.C., in search of a better life for themselves and their future family.

Because they wanted the best for their children, Khatib says his parents were “extremely high believers in going to college.” So, when the time came to look for a university, he knew what he was looking for.

“I wanted to go someplace where I could feel at home and be a positive face around campus, yet a place where college wouldn’t be a big financial burden on my family and I, given four other kids would have to go to college too,” Khatib said.

He visited many colleges on the East Coast, but ultimately found Methodist University was his best choice.

“The diversity of the great people on campus, the faculty and business administration program and the football team all tied in to make it ‘the one.’”

After applying, Khatib received his financial aid package.

He, like many college-bound students today, was worried he wouldn’t be able to afford college. But, the Loyalty Campaign for Student Scholarships helped him realize his dream of attending a college where he could make his mark.

“Scholarships are the glue that make my college dream a reality,” he said. “Without those helpful scholarships, I probably wouldn’t be standing here in front of you today. I thank you all for your generosity, helping me pursue a dream of success and letting me stand here and share my MU Journey.”

Donors who wish to make it possible for students like Khatib to achieve success as a college graduate can still give to the campaign through June 30 at Methodist.edu/giving. For more information on giving at Methodist University, call 910.630.7200 or email Prevette at sprevette@methodist.edu.