It was a time of gratitude and friendship as students and donors gathered for Methodist University’s annual Endowed Scholarship Luncheon.
Each year, the luncheon provides an opportunity for current students to personally thank donors from the community for their contributions to the hundreds of endowed scholarships available to MU students.
“Not only is this a chance to thank our donors, but this also provides a venue for our donors and students to build relationships with one another,” said Greg Swanson, MU’s vice president for Institutional Advancement and senior counsel. “Our students can share their story and they can learn why you support endowed scholarships. All of us have benefitted from someone who has helped us from our past. Thank you, donors. We’re very grateful for your contributions.”
A pair of Methodist University students shared their stories of how endowed scholarships have impacted their lives, including Engineering major Diego Ramiro who received the Pay It Forward Endowed Scholarship this year.
“I’m a first-generation college student so I had no idea what college was going to be like. After filling out my FAFSA, I found out I was awarded an endowed scholarship, and I couldn’t believe it,” said Ramiro. “I wouldn’t have the grades I have now without the scholarship. This will allow me to pursue my dreams of becoming an engineer.”
All endowed scholarships are offered by the Financial Aid Office to full-time, degree-seeking students who have completed the FAFSA.
“Endowments are special because they are truly the gift that keeps on giving,” said MU President Stanley T. Wearden. “The principal amount of the endowment continues to grow and it will continue to grow long after I’m gone. Donors, thank you for your generosity and thank you for caring for our students.”