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Generosity was met with gratitude this past Sunday at Stevenson’s annual Scholarship Luncheon. The luncheon was a special opportunity for donors to share their inspiration for giving to Stevenson and for students to express their thanks to donors.

Above: Caroline Camper ’19 speaks with her scholarship donor, Linda Connolly Fenton, sponsor of the Linda Connolly Fenton Endowed Scholarship in Nursing.

President Emeritus, Dr. Manning, shared that a central reason he and his wife Sara started the Kevin J. and Sara G. Manning Scholarship was to express their deep admiration for family members who were first-generation students. Alumna, Carolee Martelle ’63, ’89, ’97, added that Villa Julie allowed her to follow her dreams at a time when career options for women were very limited, and starting her scholarship gave her a meaningful way to say thank you.

The impact of these donors generosity was seen in the smiling faces of the many scholarship recipients and heard in the story shared by current student, Caroline Camper ’19. Before receiving her scholarship, she considered not attending college because of the financial burden. Now a sophomore, Caroline is working to become a nurse – the third generation in her family. Caroline shared that none of this would be possible without the support of the Linda Connolly Fenton Endowed Scholarship in Nursing.

The host of the luncheon, Sam Dell, Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of Stevenson’s Board of Trustees and scholarship donor, left students with a powerful message, “I encourage you, as you embark on your lives and get busy with careers and family, to remember the support you were given along the way.”

Each month, we profile one of the amazing Phonathon students working in SU's call center. This month, we sat down with student caller Cierra '20, a business administration major from Washington D.C.

Why did you choose to come to Stevenson?
I love the diversity and welcoming atmosphere that Stevenson offers. The community here is very family-oriented and vibrant!

What do you like best about SU now that you're here?
I love the social activities that the clubs and organizations present for all of the SU students in order to connect us to one another.

What activities to you enjoy outside of class?
I am a student-athlete. I run track and field here at Stevenson.

What do you like best about being a student caller?
I love being able to talk to alumni about their experiences while they were here at Stevenson. I also love to get advice and connect with alumni who's had similar interest and studies as me.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I intend to be working in the fashion industry, either styling or in retail. Either of these options will help me reach my ultimate goal as an entrepreneur in fashion.