Students matched up with donors during Scholarship Reception
Close to 200 individuals filled Cowley College’s Earle N. Wright Community Room August 21 for the school’s second annual Endowment Scholarship Reception in which incoming students receiving endowed scholarships were brought together with the individuals who donated money to fund the scholarships. The event, in its second year, was sponsored through a generous gift from the Trust Company of Kansas.
Cowley College’s Endowment Association awarded 200 scholarships worth over $120,000 to students for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Shannon Massey, executive director of alumni and development, Lisa Grose, scholarship coordinator, and Ben Schears, vice president for institutional advancement, helped make the evening a success.
Schears served as the emcee for the evening and said the reception focused on giving the donors an opportunity to meet the students receiving their scholarship.
“It builds greater connection between our donors and the college. Hopefully it also plants a seed in the minds of our students to pay it forward and establish a scholarship of their own years down the road,” Schears said.
Manny Thompson, a former recipient of an Edith Joyce Davis Scholarship, returned to speak at the reception.
Thompson graduated from Cowley in 2009 and during his time at the school participated in a variety of campus based clubs and organizations. Upon completion of his freshman year he was named Arkansas City’s Outstanding Student of the Year.
Thompson went on to earn a bachelor of science in criminal justice with honors at Wichita State University, and also won his second Outstanding Student of the Year award. He is currently halfway through his master’s program.
Outside of his stellar scholastic career, he is also an accomplished professional model and professional boxer. He also serves his country, as a signal support systems specialist with the US Army Reserves.
Thompson told the scholarship recipients in attendance to seize this opportunity that Cowley College has given them and to realize the choices they make during their time at the school will affect their futures.
Schears hopes the students will benefit from taking part in the reception and the Endowment Association is already looking forward to hosting the event again next year.
“I was pleased with the number of students and donors who were there for the reception,” Schears said. “The feedback from the donors we talked to was very good and we are looking forward to improving the event for next year.”