On April 13, 2011, Randolph-Macon College
Named Scholarship recipients and their benefactors gathered for the Annual
Scholarship Dinner in the Brock Center. This event celebrated the
scholarship program, the individuals who have created endowments, and the
student-recipients who create a college community that is active and vibrant.
Scholarship Banquet to view a slideshow of photos from the event.
Donors and students mingled and then enjoyed a sit-down dinner. The evening’s program
was emceed by accounting major Matt Musser
’12, who catches for the Yellow
Jacket baseball team and serves as a
Resident Assistant. Musser, the recipient of the Judson T. Vaughan Scholarship
and the Richie Vaughan Scholarship, told guests, “We students are enormously grateful
for the incredible generosity of Randolph-Macon’s donors.” Josh Orndorff ’11, a
senior Bailey Scholar, gave the invocation.
The program offered an opportunity for Randolph-Macon to showcase it outstanding
students, including Cassie Morgan ’12, and Carlie Pendleton ’13. Pendleton, who
has published a collection of poetry, read At First, a poem she wrote specifically
for the event. “The piece expresses the growth and development of individuality
and character that is fostered at R-MC,” she said. “Randolph Macon allows us to
persevere and to become exactly who we are meant to be. Thank you to the donors
who help us on our way.” She then recited a scene from Hamlet in which the lead
character thanks Horatio, his one true friend, for helping him and staying with
him despite daunting challenges.
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren told guests, “Tonight, again, we are reminded
how the voice of one person—Cassie and Carlie in this case—can speak directly to
the experience of everyone who hears her. And as this knowledge and these ideas
spread, and light up the minds of those who listen, they take on a life of their
own, creating new ideas and propelling our students forward together, and on their
own, toward their very best.”
Lindgren said that endowing a named scholarship “creates the bridge between the
most fundamental ideal of our college—developing the minds and character of young
people, challenging them, and inspiring them—and the real world where that idea
comes to life. You, the donors of our scholarships, in so many ways, safeguard the
legacy, permanence and vitality of Randolph-Macon College, and we remain eternally
Next year’s Scholarship Banquet will take place on April 11, 2012.