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Shepherd University President and Foundation host donor scholar reception

ISSUED: 7 October 2009
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd University President and Foundation host donor scholar reception)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley, along with the Shepherd University Foundation, hosted the biennial donor scholar reception Sunday, October 4 in the Erma Ora Byrd Hall atrium. Student scholarship winners, their family and friends, faculty and staff, representatives of the university leadership boards, and Shepherd alumni and friends who have established awards and made other donations comprised the 150 guests at the event.

After the opening remarks by Shipley, Foundation vice president James Davis thanked donors for their dedication of time and money to Shepherd students. Monica Lingenfelter, foundation executive vice president, introduced scholarship recipients Kari Edge and Patrick Noland, who spoke on the impact scholarships had made of their lives.

Noland, a May 2009 graduate in chemistry, praised the experiences that Foundation scholarships had afforded him while at Shepherd. The Middleway native cited conversations with everyone from cafeteria workers to fraternity brothers and proclaimed these experiences to be "priceless."

Edge, a 2009 graduate in piano pedagogy and senior in music education, echoed Noland's sentiments.

"Shepherd University Foundation scholarships are not just financial gifts handed out to students," said Edge. "They are opportunities given to students with the request that you work hard to represent the school, the Foundation, and yourself."

"The argument is strong that by virtue of the selection process, Foundation scholarship winners are the brightest and best--the most likely to succeed students," said Lingenfelter, who challenged the students to take up the torch upon graduation to donate within their means to future Shepherd students.

"We hope students will recognize that scholarships are real gifts from real people who have invested in their education. Our scholarship recipients have a special responsibility to give back as donors once they have put their education to good use out in the world," she said.

More than 500 endowed and annually funded scholarship awards are provided through the Shepherd Foundation.


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