The University of Rochester held its second annual Celebration of Scholarships dinner on April 14, recognizing generous donors of endowed scholarships and the talented students who benefit from their remarkable philanthropy.
The University-wide event was held in the M&T Ballroom at the Memorial Art Gallery. Speakers included President Joel Seligman and endowed scholarship supporters Trustee Gwen Greene ’65, Chair of the School of Medicine and Dentistry National Council Paul Griner ’59M (MD), and Board of Trustees Chair Ed Hajim ’58. Students Anne Whitehead ’07, ’11M (MD), recipient of the Fine Family School of Medicine and Dentistry Merit Scholarship, and Yaneve Fonge ’11, recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship, spoke about the opportunities their scholarships made possible; Eastman students Michael Fuller ’13E, recipient of the Alan and Jane Handler Scholarship, and Yi-Yang Chen ’12E, recipient of the Yi-Kwei and Nancy Lee Sze Scholarship, closed the evening with a thrilling performance of Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2.
Scholarships transform the lives of the students who receive them, and ensure a diverse learning environment. They are crucial to the University, attracting and retaining the brightest and most talented students regardless of their economic background. They also have a tremendous effect on reducing the debt burdens of students, so they are free to pursue careers of their choosing upon graduation. As the University prepares for the largest comprehensive campaign in its history, support for student scholarships is a fundamental priority.
For more information about endowed scholarships at the University of Rochester, please contact the Office of Stewardship at (585) 276-3791.