Making a Meaningful Difference

Linda Fenton with her nursing scholarship recipients: (left to right) Mikaela Hairston ’19, Emma Groh ’19, Linda Fenton, and Caroline Camper ’19.

For a third year, the annual Stevenson Scholarship Luncheon was an occasion for celebration as scholarship donors and their deserving recipients were able to meet and get to know each other, some renewing their acquaintance from the past year or two.

Samuel M. Dell III, Trustee and sponsor of the Geraldine and Sam Dell Endowed Scholarships for Character and Excellence in Business and the Sciences, served as emcee and provided insight into his own experience. “It has been an inspiration for me and my family to meet these scholars and to see how we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of truly exceptional young people as they develop into positive contributors to the broader community,” said Dell.

Fenton Scholar Caroline Camper ’19 addressed the donors present and echoed the feelings of her fellow students when she remarked, “You all are creating a future for us that is bright and hopeful and allows us to pursue our education without the overwhelming worry of not being able to pay for it. Thank you for allowing me and many others to reach our full potential and achieve our dreams.”

At the April 23 event, milestone anniversaries also were recognized, with 10 consecutive years of awards from the Jo-Ellen Turner, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship in English and the Linda Connolly Fenton Endowed Scholarship in Nursing and 15 consecutive years from the France-Merrick Foundation Scholarship and the Carolyn Manuszak Scholarship in Memory of Dr. T. J. Manuszak.