Generous Donors Meet Scholarship Recipients

On April 11, the College recognized generous donors at the inaugural Presidential Reception Celebrating Scholarship Donors and Student Recipients.

A few students who attend Manhattan College are lucky enough to receive a scholarship, allowing them to graduate with less debt and financial distress, and thanks to generous donors, more students are receiving such scholarships. On April 11, the College recognized these donors at the inaugural Presidential Reception Celebrating Scholarship Donors and Student Recipients. 

The event was held in the newly renovated Café 1853 Atrium, and students had the unique chance to meet the person behind the scholarship, the one who has supported them in working toward a college degree. Thomas Mauriello, vice president for advancement, began the event by talking about the history of the scholarship program, and the impact the donors have on the students’ academic success.

Following Mauriello, senior Hyesu Kim ’12 reflected on her experience at Manhattan and how having Peter Dans ’57 as a donor of The Colette Dans Memorial Scholarship has provided her with the support that has made her one step closer to achieving success and fulfilling her dreams. She is graduating with a degree in mathematics this May and will work toward a doctorate at Syracuse University starting fall 2012.

President Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., spoke about the significance of the scholarship program and the role that the alumni continue to play to better the College.

“Thanks to you, Manhattan College continues to be a place where talent is nurtured and dreams become reality,” he remarked.

William Harkins ’67 created a scholarship in 2011 offering funding for the mechanical engineering program’s senior-class design projects. He did this as a way to give back to the school, where students can apply the endowment to projects that are directly related to their major and have the financial support to complete their final year.

Perhaps the greatest aspect of the event was the face time students had with the donors of their scholarships. For many of the recipients, this was the first time they had met, which they agreed added much more meaning to the entire program.

All of the donors shared that feeling, including Mary Ann Avella, who for the past 17 years has funded a scholarship in memory of her brother, The John V. Avella ’64 Memorial Scholarship, a former professor of chemical engineering.

“I never had the chance to meet the students,” Avella said. “This event was a wonderful way to put the face with the scholarship, and I am grateful to have met all of them.”